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

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 25:  Neil Robertson in action during his first round match against Robert Milkins during the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on April 25, 2013 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2013

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 Williamsvs.Saqib NasirAug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Stuart Binghamvs.Fraser PatrickAug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Mark Davisvs.Mark AllenAug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Jamie Copevs.Steve DavisAug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Sean O'Sullivanvs.Passonkorn SuwannawatAug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
David Gracevs.David MorrisAug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Judd Trumpvs.Ian GloverAug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Graeme Dottvs.Matthew DayAug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Chris Wakelinvs.Daniel WardAug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Barry Pinchesvs.Alex DaviesAug. 23, 8:30 a.m. BST
Stuart Carringtonvs.Oliver LinesAug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Anthony McGillvs.Sydney WilsonAug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Liam Highfieldvs.Peter LinesAug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Matthew Seltvs.Craig SteadmanAug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Daniel Wellsvs.Andrew PagettAug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Patrick Einslevs.Dechawat PoomjaengAug. 23, 10:00 a.m. BST
Robert Milkinsvs.James WattanaAug. 23, 10:30 a.m. BST
Mike Dunnvs.Marco FuAug. 23, 10:30 a.m. BST
Matthew Stevensvs.Ben JonesAug. 23, 10:30 a.m. BST
Ronnie O'Sullivanvs.Ahmed SaifAug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST
Martin Gouldvs.Jimmy WhiteAug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST
Jimmy Robertsonvs.Wan Choi Tan/Stefan SchenkAug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST
Tom Fordvs.Chris NorburyAug. 23, 11:30 a.m. BST
Tony Dragovs.Aditya MehtaAug. 23, 12:00 p.m. BST
Alan McManusvs.Mohamed KhairyAug. 23, 12:00 p.m. BST
Gary Wilsonvs.Noppon SaengkhamAug. 23, 12:00 p.m. BST
Anthony Hamiltonvs.Ratchayothin YotharuckAug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST
Martin O'Donnellvs.Darren CookAug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST
Michael Leslievs.Vinnie CalabreseAug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST
Rod Lawlervs.Adam DuffyAug. 23, 1:00 p.m. BST

 

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 Robertsonvs.Thepchaiya Un-NoohAug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Andrew Normanvs.Rory McLeodAug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Robbie Williamsvs.Ross MuirAug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Joe Swailvs.Kishan HiraniAug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Pankaj Advanivs.Allan TaylorAug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Jamie Jonesvs.Lu HaotianAug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Shaun Murphyvs.Alex BorgAug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Kyren Wilsonvs.Robin HullAug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Michael Wasleyvs.Ryan ClarkAug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Scott Donaldsonvs.Lee PageAug. 24, 8:30 a.m. BST
Fergal O'Brienvs.Mark JoyceAug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST
Jamie O'Neillvs.T ThirapongpaiboonAug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST
Barry Hawkinsvs.Jak JonesAug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST
Jack Lisowskivs.Gerard GreeneAug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST
David Gilbertvs.Ding JunhuiAug. 24, 10:00 a.m. BST
Dominic Dalevs.Alexander UrsenbacherAug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST
Joe Perryvs.Ken DohertyAug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST
Kurt Maflinvs.Steven HallworthAug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST
Alfie Burdenvs.Elliot SlessorAug. 24, 10:30 a.m. BST
Luca Brecelvs.Paul S. DavisonAug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST
Stephen Maguirevs.Michael WhiteAug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST
Marcus Campbellvs.Andrew HigginsonAug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST
Ryan Dayvs.Allister CarterAug. 24, 11:30 a.m. BST
Sam Bairdvs.Liu ChuangAug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST
Ian Burnsvs.Charlie WaltersAug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST
Ben Woollastonvs.Cao YupengAug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST
Nigel Bondvs.James CahillAug. 24, 12:00 p.m. BST
Michael Holtvs.David Singh/Lukas KleckersAug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST
Ricky Waldenvs.Jamie Rhys ClarkeAug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST
Hammad Miahvs.Xiao GuodongAug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST
John Higginsvs.Mark KingAug. 24, 1:00 p.m. BST

 

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.

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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