World Snooker Championship 2023: Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White in qualifying draw

Stephen Hendry (right) has won seven world titles and Jimmy White has been runner-up six times.

Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White and Ken Doherty are among the players who will qualify for this year’s World Snooker Championship.

Women’s world champion Baipat Siripaporn is also in the field along with Barry Hawkins, Stephen Maguire, Hossein Vafaei and Marco Fu.

Four qualifying rounds will take place from April 3 to April 12, in which 128 players will compete for 16 places in the main draw.

Seven-time champion Hendry, 54, will face James Cahill in the first round.

Doherty, the 1997 champion, will play 12-time Women’s World Champion Reanne Evans at the same stage.

White, 60, a six-time World Championship medalist, will start in the second round of qualifying and play the winner of Fu’s match against Martin O’Donnell.

The World Championship takes place from 15 April to 1 May at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield.

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