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White & Davis in Welsh Open bid

Date: Monday, 16 February - Sunday, 22 February Venue: Newport CentreCoverage: Live coverage on BBC TWO Wales and online, score updates on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru

Jimmy White and Steve Davis
Jimmy White and Steve Davis are two of snooker's most famous players

Snooker greats Jimmy White and Steve Davis have both qualified for next week's Welsh Open championships.

Six-times world champion Davis beat Tom Ford 5-2 in the qualifiers in Prestatyn to earn a showdown with world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan on February 18.

Six-times world runner-up White secured a clash with Ali Carter, last year's beaten Crucible finalist, defeating ex-world champion Ken Doherty 5-0.

Welshmen Ian Preece and Paul Davies also qualified for their home event.

Newport's Preece set up a tough clash with world number two Stephen Maguire in his home-town tournament by beating Stuart Bingham 5-3 in the qualifiers in Prestatyn.

Barry's Davies, meanwhile, beat Barry Hawkins 5-4 to set up a clash with defending champion Mark Selby at the Newport Centre.

But snooker icons White and two-time Welsh Open Davis will be the big attractions in South Wales but both face tough opponents.

"I played Ali Carter once in the UK Championship and lost, but I was in shreds at the time," said former Masters champion White.

"I'm not in shreds now. I can't wait for Newport."


Irishman Michael Judge beat Stuart Pettman 5-2, Barry Pinches defeated Jamie Cope 5-3.

Anthony Hamilton won the all-Nottingham clash with Michael Holt 5-3 while Mike Dunn saw his 4-1 lead against Ian McCulloch evaporate - but he finally prevailed 5-4.

Welsh Open early schedule

Monday, 16 February

1300 GMT

Matthew Stevens v Andy Hicks
Stephen Maguire v Ian Preece
Mark Allen v Joe Swail

1900 GMT

Mark Williams v David Gilbert
Dominic Dale v Liang Wenbo

Tuesday, 17 February

1300 GMT

Joe Perry v Mark Williams/David Gilbert
Shaun Murphy v Barry Pinches
Ali Carter v Jimmy White
Mark Selby v Paul Davies
Stephen Hendry v Martin Gould
Graeme Dott v Mike Dunn

1900 GMT

Ryan Day v Michael Judge
Peter Ebdon v Anthony Hamilton

Wednesday, 18 February

1300 GMT

John Higgins v Dominic Dale/Liang Wenbo
Ding Junhui v Matthew Stevens/Andy Hicks
Marco Fu v Fergal O'Brien
Ronnie O'Sullivan v Steve Davis
Neil Robertson v Jamie Burnett
Mark King v Dave Harold

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see also
Harold qualifies for Welsh Open
09 Feb 09 |  Snooker
Welsh Open: Previous winners
14 Jan 05 |  Snooker
Snooker on the BBC
20 Jan 09 |  Snooker
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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