Snooker: O'Sullivan to meet Dale in World draw

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The Independent Online

Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins have been handed tough-looking first-round draws for the World Snooker Championship. O'Sullivan, who has fallen to 10th in the rankings, faces the Welshman Dominic Dale, while the world No 1 Higgins takes on Stephen Lee.

The defending champion Neil Robertson is drawn to meet rising star Judd Trump and seven-time champion Stephen Hendry will meet Joe Perry. Two-time world champion Mark Williams, who is closing in on Higgins at the top of the rankings, faces fellow Welshman Ryan Day.