Davis and White face tricky ties

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Snooker legends Steve Davis and Jimmy White have both been handed tough draws in the qualifying rounds of the World Snooker Championship.

The qualifiers run from March 5 to 13 at Sheffield’s EIS, with the 16 winners to go through to the televised stages at the Crucible in April.

Six-times World Champion Davis, ranked 40th in the world, could face promising newcomer Jack Lisowski in his opening match, and if the Nugget gets through he will play Stephen Lee for a place at the Crucible.

Lisowski, the 19-year-old from Gloucestershire playing his first season on the professional tour, who has qualified for the last two ranking events, said: “I’ll have a tough match first against Liam Highfield or Kuldesh Johal, so I have to earn the right to play Steve Davis. He’s one of the greatest players ever so it would be exciting to play him in our biggest event.

“Things are going well for me at the moment and the hard work is paying off so I just have to keep practising and hopefully keep getting results.”

Jimmy White has to play one extra match, and if he wins his first game he’ll be up against Tom Ford and then Ryan Day. Ken Doherty, 1997 Crucible king, needs to win one match to book his place.