European Tour 4: Full Round 1 Schedule, Matches to Watch in Paul Hunter Classic

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European Tour 4: Full Round 1 Schedule, Matches to Watch in Paul Hunter Classic
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The 2013 Paul Hunter Classic qualifying section is complete.

A number of quality amateurs have maintained pace with the big boys and are set to begin their challenge for the main prize with Round 1 fixtures that take place between Aug. 23-24.

This year's competition has thrown together a packed schedule in Furth, Germany. The difficulty of scheduling such a tournament is there for all to see, as many Round 1 fixtures don't take place until the end of Aug. 24, when a number of second-round and third-round encounters will also unfold.

Huge names such as Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stuart Bingham, Steve Davis, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson will be in action in the coming days. Can the stars march on to victory or will a surprise package threaten for the title?

Let's take a look at the packed Round 1 schedule:

 

Round One: Day One

Mark J Williams vs. Saqib Nasir Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Stuart Bingham vs. Fraser Patrick Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Mark Davis vs. Mark Allen Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Jamie Cope vs. Steve Davis Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Sean O'Sullivan vs. Passonkorn Suwannawat Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
David Grace vs. David Morris Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Judd Trump vs. Ian Glover Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Graeme Dott vs. Matthew Day Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Chris Wakelin vs. Daniel Ward Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Barry Pinches vs. Alex Davies Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Stuart Carrington vs. Oliver Lines Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Anthony McGill vs. Sydney Wilson Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Liam Highfield vs. Peter Lines Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Matthew Selt vs. Craig Steadman Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Daniel Wells vs. Andrew Pagett Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Patrick Einsle vs. Dechawat Poomjaeng Aug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Robert Milkins vs. James Wattana Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m. BST
Mike Dunn vs. Marco Fu Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m. BST
Matthew Stevens vs. Ben Jones Aug. 23, 10:30 a.m. BST
Ronnie O'Sullivan vs. Ahmed Saif Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST
Martin Gould vs. Jimmy White Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST
Jimmy Robertson vs. Wan Choi Tan/Stefan Schenk Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST
Tom Ford vs. Chris Norbury Aug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST
Tony Drago vs. Aditya Mehta Aug. 23, 12:00 p.m. BST
Alan McManus vs. Mohamed Khairy Aug. 23, 12:00 p.m. BST
Gary Wilson vs. Noppon Saengkham Aug. 23, 12:00 p.m. BST
Anthony Hamilton vs. Ratchayothin Yotharuck Aug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST
Martin O'Donnell vs. Darren Cook Aug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST
Michael Leslie vs. Vinnie Calabrese Aug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST
Rod Lawler vs. Adam Duffy Aug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST

 

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Once the first day is complete, certain winners will continue advancing through the schedule whilst the second day of Round 1 fixtures continue. For example, if Selby is to win, he will have already completed three matches by the time Robertson begins his opener.

Here's the second day of the Round 1 battles:

 

Round One: Day Two

Neil Robertson vs. Thepchaiya Un-Nooh Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Andrew Norman vs. Rory McLeod Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Robbie Williams vs. Ross Muir Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Joe Swail vs. Kishan Hirani Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Pankaj Advani vs. Allan Taylor Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Jamie Jones vs. Lu Haotian Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Shaun Murphy vs. Alex Borg Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Kyren Wilson vs. Robin Hull Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Michael Wasley vs. Ryan Clark Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Scott Donaldson vs. Lee Page Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Fergal O'Brien vs. Mark Joyce Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST
Jamie O'Neill vs. T Thirapongpaiboon Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST
Barry Hawkins vs. Jak Jones Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST
Jack Lisowski vs. Gerard Greene Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST
David Gilbert vs. Ding Junhui Aug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST
Dominic Dale vs. Alexander Ursenbacher Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST
Joe Perry vs. Ken Doherty Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST
Kurt Maflin vs. Steven Hallworth Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST
Alfie Burden vs. Elliot Slessor Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST
Luca Brecel vs. Paul S. Davison Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST
Stephen Maguire vs. Michael White Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST
Marcus Campbell vs. Andrew Higginson Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST
Ryan Day vs. Allister Carter Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST
Sam Baird vs. Liu Chuang Aug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST
Ian Burns vs. Charlie Walters Aug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST
Ben Woollaston vs. Cao Yupeng Aug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST
Nigel Bond vs. James Cahill Aug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST
Michael Holt vs. David Singh/Lukas Kleckers Aug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST
Ricky Walden vs. Jamie Rhys Clarke Aug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST
Hammad Miah vs. Xiao Guodong Aug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST
John Higgins vs. Mark King Aug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST

 

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Standout Matches to Watch

With so many battles taking place in the early stages, even the most hardcore snooker fans must find it daunting to follow play. As ever, a handful of standout matches should grab your attention as we head into the tournament's proper run.

Ronnie O'Sullivan's opening match against Ahmed Saif is notable for a number of reasons. Not only will the "The Rocket" aim to quickly assert his dominance into the European Tour 4 meet, but he also has a nasty defeat to Peter Lines to avenge from the Bluebell Wood Open, as reported by Mike Dawes of the Daily Mail.

Those looking for some of the most exciting top seeds should also pay attention to the second day of Round 1 fixtures. World No. 1 player Neil Robertson faces a simple task against Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, with the winner facing either Andrew Norman or Ian McLeod.

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Robertson is likely to steamroll Un-Nooh, but will be hoping for Norman to upset McLeod, as the current rankings leader will look to bypass an encounter with the top 50 during the early stages.

Rounding off the Round 1 fixtures will be an exciting tie between John Higgins, the current world No. 6, and Mark King, who is ranked No. 25. Both players have enjoyed a run up the rankings in recent times and will be disappointed to be facing each other at this early stage.

While both will have hoped to receive an easier route through, their clash should be extremely intense and hard-fought. A victory either way will provide major confidence for the winner heading into the next stage.

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