Live Snooker on Wednesday: World Grand Prix 2017 – Day Three preview and order of play

Mark Selby is aiming to avert a second consecutive first-round exit from the World Grand Prix when he faces Martin Gould as the opening phase draws to a close on Wednesday, while defending champion Shaun Murphy is in Last-16 action at the Preston Guild Hall.
World champion Selby was beaten 4-2 by fellow Leicester cueist Tom Ford at the opening hurdle of this event 12 months ago, but will be eager to avert a case of déjà vu as he searches for a fourth ranking title of the season.
The unassailable world number one would surpass the £1 million mark by going all the way in Preston but faces a tricky opening clash in Gould, who showed signs of a return to form by reaching the German Masters semi-finals last week.
World number 18 Gould is within £10,000 of Mark Williams in the provisional rankings and, following the two-time Crucible king’s first-round defeat to Joe Perry on Tuesday, another run to the semis here would see him climb back into the top 16.
Elsewhere, two of snooker’s greatest overseas players enter the fray as Ding Junhui takes on fellow Chinese cueist Yu Delu, who reached the Last Four of the Scottish Open before Christmas, while Neil Robertson is up against Ricky Walden.
The other first-round clash sees recently crowned German Masters champion Anthony Hamilton begin life as a ranking event winner, as he faces off against world number nine Mark Allen.

Neil Robertson is up against Ricky Walden on Wednesday

Meanwhile, Murphy resumes his title defence against the winner of Ding or Yu, and will be hoping for a repeat of his commanding 4-1 win over Michael Holt in the opening round, where he outscored the Hitman 301-0 across the last three frames.
There are four more of this season’s ranking event winners on display on Wednesday as Scottish Open king Marco Fu locks horns with Indian Open champion Anthony McGill, while World Open winner Ali Carter faces Mark King, who captured the Northern Ireland Open.
The other encounter sees a battle of the giant-killers as John Higgins’ conqueror Michael White takes on Ryan Day, who sent Stuart Bingham packing, in an all-Welsh affair.
Play gets underway at 1pm GMT with the remainder of the first-round showdowns, before the Last 16 commences from 7pm at the Preston Guild Hall.
All matches will be contested over the best of seven frames at the 2017 World Grand Prix.
World Grand Prix 2017 Schedule
Wednesday February 8
Round One
Neil Robertson v Ricky Walden
Anthony Hamilton v Mark Allen
Mark Selby v Martin Gould
Yu Delu v Ding Junhui
Second Round
Ali Carter v Mark King
Shaun Murphy v Ding/Delu
Anthony McGill v Marco Fu
Michael White v Ryan Day

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