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Qualifying for snooker’s World Championship is purgatory, but it is massively rewarding in equal measure.
The above references cropped up time and time again when the 16 players who made it through to the sport’s showpiece event described how it felt to negotiate the three qualifying rounds.
This year’s tournament features four Crucible virgins, a strong Welsh contingent, the fifth Thai qualifier in the venue’s illustrious history, as well a former champion and a two-time runner-up who are both eager to revisit past glories.
BBC Sport takes a closer look at some new and a few not-so-new faces who have upgraded from Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport to the same city’s more glamorous Crucible surroundings to reach this year’s event.
England’s Chris Wakelin and Liam Highfield are revelling in the prospect of a first appearance, while Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and China’s Lyu Haotian will also be there for the first time.
Wakelin thrashed China’s Tian Pengfei in the final qualifying round and the former supermarket delivery driver says reaching round one shows simple hard work pays off.
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