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Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins have been handed tough first-round draws for this year’s World Snooker Championship at Sheffield. (April 17-May 3)

O’Sullivan faces Dominic Dale, while world number one Higgins takes on Stephen Lee.

Sheffield-based Ding Junhui meets Jamie Burnett,

Full draw: Jamie Cope v Andrew Pagett Ding Junhui v Jamie Burnett John Higgins v Stephen Lee Neil Robertson v Judd Trump Mark Allen v Matthew Stevens Ricky Walden v Rory McLeod Mark Williams v Ryan Day Stephen Maguire v Barry Hawkins Ronnie O’Sullivan v Dominic Dale Shaun Murphy v Marcus Campbell Graeme Dott v Mark King Stephen Hendry v Joe Perry Ali Carter v Dave Harold Peter Ebdon v Stuart Bingham Mark Selby v Jimmy Robertson Marco Fu v Martin Gould.