Tian takes duty for the doomsday conflict
World number 53 Tian Pengfei is only two frames away from a second Crucible appearance, leading 2006 World Champion Graeme Dott 8-1 after the first session of their final round meeting in qualifying for the Betfred World Cup.
All of today's best of the 19 games will be played from 5:00 p.m. The winners qualify for the finals at the Crucible. See live on our Facebook and YouTube channels as well as in the Eurosport app.
Dott was defeated on Judgment Day in 2020 and will do whatever it takes to avoid the same fate this year. Tian qualified for the first time in 2019, defeating Matthew Stevens 10-8 in the finals.
Tian put on a breathtaking display in today's first session. The Chinese cueman shot in breaks of 82, 108, 110, 78, 67 and 114 en route to a key advantage.
Liam Highfield has a narrow 5-4 advantage over world number 17, Zhou Yuelong. After a crucial break of 51, he took the ninth frame and led into tonight.
Jamie Jones built a 7-2 lead on Li Hang to secure his first trip to the Crucible since returning to the World Snooker Tour this season. The Welshman made two 100 and 103 runs of the century in the first session.
Jamie Clarke takes three frames for a second straight Crucible berth, which leads Mark Davis 7-2, while Lu Ning has a narrow 5-4 lead over Liang Wenbo.
Matthew Selt will face Scott Donaldson 6-2 tonight and the Norwegian Kurt Maflin will face Robert Milkins 7-2.