The upcoming 2021 English Open is going to be the fourth ranking event of the 2021/22 season, and the second event in the Home Nations Series. The tournament will take place from 1 to 7 November 2021 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, England. However, the qualifying matches for the tournament are set to take place from 17 to 22 September 2021 at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England.
Judd Trump is the current defending champion of the competition. In the 2020 English Open, Trump defeated Neil Robertson 9–8 in the final, after being 4–7 down. The 32-year-old won his 18th ranking title, thereby equaling Neil Robertson and Mark Selby, and also became the first player to win three Home Nations titles.
The top snooker players are set to return, as they battle for a place in the 2021 English Open in November. Here is a preview of the 2021 English Open Qualifiers.
A total of 128 snooker players from around the world will take part in the qualifiers at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England. However, games involving the top 16 seeded players (including the defending champion), alongside two other matches involving wildcards, are to be played at the final venue, in the Marshall Arena.
World number 3, Ronnie O’Sullivan has been drawn to face Brazil’s top player Igor Figueiredo, while top female player Reanne Evans will go up against Barry Hawkins.
World Champion Mark Selby will take on Sanderson Lam, while British Open champion Mark Williams has been drawn against amateur Paul Deaville.
The qualifying sessions will the played at 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, and 7 pm (GMT) each day.
Here are the full fixtures for the qualifying matches:
10:00 Jimmy Robertson v Yuan SiJun
10:00 Xiao Guodong v Alfie Burden
13:00 Sam Craigie v Steven Hallworth
13:00 Wu Yize v Ashley Hugill
16:00 Gerard Greene v Liam Highfield
16:00 Zhou Yuelong v Dean Young
19:00 Alexander Ursenbacher v Ben Hancorn
19:00 Tom Ford v Sean Maddocks
10:00 Cao Yupeng v Mitchell Mann
10:00 Xu Si v Jamie Jones
13:00 Chang Bingyu v Dominic Dale
13:00 Zhang Jiankang v Jak Jones
16:00 Ashley Carty v Jordan Brown
16:00 Ben Woollaston v Jackson Page
19:00 Gary Wilson v Craig Steadman
19:00 Joe Perry v Soheil Vahedi
10:00 Robbie Williams v Peter Lines
10:00 Lei Peifan v Lee Walker
13:00 Liang Wenbo v Rory McLeod
13:00 Michael Holt v Chris Wakelin
16:00 Lukas Kleckers v Mark Davis
16:00 Ricky Walden v Michael Judge
19:00 Graeme Dott v Farakh Ajaib
19:00 Elliot Slessor v Michael Georgiou
10:00 Jamie Clarke v Zak Surety
10:00 Li Hang v Si Jiahui
13:00 Matthew Stevens v Peter Devlin
13:00 Ali Carter v Fan Zhengyi
16:00 Anthony Hamilton v Louis Heathcote
16:00 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Jamie O’Neill
19:00 Stuart Carrington v Hammad Miah
19:00 David Gilbert v David Grace
10:00 Joe O’Connor v Pang Junxu
10:00 Barry Pinches v Tian Pengfei
13:00 Oliver Lines v Zhang Anda
13:00 Ryan Day v Lu Ning
16:00 Kurt Maflin v Hossein Vafaei
16:00 Lyu Haotian v Martin O’Donnell
19:00 Martin Gould v Andrew Higginson
19:00 Ian Burns v Scott Donaldson
10:00 Simon Lichtenberg v Fraser Patrick
10:00 Nigel Bond v Chen Zifan
13:00 Fergal O’Brien v Iulian Boiko
13:00 Jamie Wilson v Robert Milkins
16:00 Zhao Xintong v Jimmy White
16:00 Michael White v Stephen Hendry
19:00 Sunny Akani v Ken Doherty.