Check our preview for the 2021 World Snooker Championship as Ronnie O’Sullivan looks to defend his title and equal Stephen Hendy’s record of seven overall wins!
The Crucible, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Saturday 17th April - Monday 3rd May.
How to watch the 2021 World Snooker Championship?
BBC One, BBC Two and Eurosport.
O’Sullivan has had a mixed season in which he has made five finals and lost all five. However, as we’ve seen in the past, his form going into the World Championship rarely indicates how well he ends up playing in the event itself. The six-time champion is aiming to defend his title and match Hendry’s record of seven world titles.
Trump is quite clearly the in-form player this year as the World number one has won five ranking tournaments coming into the championship. However, despite racking up plenty of ranking titles over the years, he has only one World Championship to his name. Can he add a second world title to his trophy cabinet?
The three-time world champion has won two events this season, including the Scottish Open in December. Due to his attritional style of play, he’s a tough player to defeat once the matches become longer, and some people will see him as the favourite if he makes it out of the first two rounds unscathed.
Robertson won the biggest tournament of the season so far at the UK Championships with a 10-9 win over Judd Trump. Since his 2010 World Championship win, he has only made the semi-finals once in 2014. Can he make a deep run in this year’s Championship?
He plays Liang Wenbo in the first round.
The four-time champion is still ranked in the top 10 and often saves his best for the World Championship. He was runner-up three years in a row from 2017-2019. However, despite making a maximum break in last year’s championship, he was knocked out in the second round by Kurt Maflin. He was also runner-up in this year’s Masters event.
The up and coming 21-year old got his year off to a great start with the biggest win of his career at the Masters. He beat John Higgins 10-8 in the final. Bingtao has only ever reached the second round of the World Championship, but many are tipping him to be a future champion and even a contender at this year’s tournament.
Along with Jimmy White, Ding is arguably the best player never to win a World Championship. His performances here have often been underwhelming, and he’s only made one final before — losing out 18-14 to Mark Selby in 2016.
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