World Snooker Championship 2007


World Snooker Championship 2007

The 2007 888.com World Snooker Championship began on 21 April and ran until 7 May 2007 (with the final continuing into the early hours of 8 May) at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. It was won by John Higgins, who defeated Mark Selby 18-13 in the final. Graeme Dott was the defending champion.

Prize Money [ [http://www.globalsnookercentre.co.uk/files/Results/2006-7/2007-888-crucible-info.htm Tournament Draw & Prize Fund] ]

*Winner: UK£220,000
*Runner-Up: £110,000
*Losing Semi Finalists: £42,000
*Losing Quarter Finalists: £22,000
*Last 16: £14,000
*Last 32: £10,600
*Last 48 (pre-TV): £7,400
*Last 64 (pre-TV): £4,500
*High Break (TV): £10,000
*High Break (pre-TV): £1,000
*Maximum Break (pre-TV): £5,000
*Maximum Break (TV): £147,000

Notable happenings

*Shaun Murphy came back from 12-7 down to win his quarter-final match against Matthew Stevens, a feat never before accomplished in the history of professional, best-of-25-frame snooker. [" [http://www.worldsnooker.com/tournament_news(id18688)-61.htm Stevens hit for six as Murphy Prevails] " WorldSnooker.com - Tournament News, 2 May 2007]
* Defending champion Graeme Dott was knocked out in the first round by Ian McCulloch by 10 frames to 7.
* 2006 finalist Peter Ebdon lost in the second round for the first time ever, against eventual 2007 finalist Mark Selby.
* In the first round battle of the champions, John Parrott beat Steve Davis by just 10 frames to 9.cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/snooker/6580523.stm|title=Parrott edges out colleague Davis|date=2007-04-22|accessdate=2007-04-22|work=BBC Sport|publisher=BBC News]
*During his semi-final match, John Higgins compiled the Crucible's 1000th century break.
*When taking charge of the semi final between Shaun Murphy and Mark Selby, Michaela Tabb became the first woman to referee a match at the Crucible with the single table set-up.
*The final had the latest finish in history, with the conclusion of the 31st and final frame coming at 00:54 BST, just two minutes later than in 2006. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/snooker/6633177.stm Higgins beats brave Selby in epic] ]
* John Higgins' second title came 9 years after his first, the longest gap between wins since his namesake Alex Higgins. It is the longest gap between wins at The Crucible.
*Before the tournament began Ronnie O'Sullivan alleged that the WPBSA draw had been fixed, "to stitch me up",cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/snooker/6562751.stm |title=O'Sullivan Draw Fix Claim Denied |accessdate=2007-04-27 |work=BBC Sport|publisher=BBC News] after having been drawn in the first round against Ding Junhui, considered by bookmakers to be among the favourites for the title,cite web |url=http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:6WBbgwSzNvcJ:www.easyodds.com/compareodds/snooker/m/25390-19-3.html+betting+odds+ladbrokes+snooker&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=uk |title=World Championship - Outright |accessdate=2007-04-27 |work=EasyOdds.com ] and noting that he had drawn European Open and UK Champion Stephen Maguire in both 2004 and 2005. O'Sullivan later withdrew the accusation, [ [http://sport.independent.co.uk/general/article2465935.ece Fixing accusation retracted] ] and made no formal complaint to the WPBSA (who maintain that the draw was genuine).

Drawsheet/Results

Shown below are the results for each round, the numbers in brackets beside some of the players are their seeding ranks (each championship has 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers).

World Snooker Championship Rounds
21 April|flagicon|SCO Graeme Dott "(1)"|7|flagicon|ENG Ian McCulloch|10
21 & 22 April|flagicon|ENG Anthony Hamilton "(16)"|10|flagicon|HKG Marco Fu|3
23 & 24 April|flagicon|SCO Stephen Maguire "(9)"|10|flagicon|ENG Joe Perry|3
24 April|flagicon|WAL Mark Williams "(8)"|9|flagicon|NIR Joe Swail|10
25 & 26 April|flagicon|SCO John Higgins "(5)"|10 |flagicon|ENG Michael Holt|4
22 & 23 April|flagicon|ENG Barry Hawkins "(12)"|9|flagicon|IRL Fergal O'Brien|10
25 April|flagicon|AUS Neil Robertson "(13)"| 10 |flagicon|WAL Ryan Day| 5
22 & 23 April|flagicon|ENG Ronnie O'Sullivan "(4)"|10|flagicon|PRC Ding Junhui|2
23 & 24 April|flagicon|IRL Ken Doherty "(3)"| 7 |flagicon|NIR Mark Allen| 10
21 & 22 April|flagicon|WAL Matthew Stevens "(14)"|10|flagicon|IRL Joe Delaney|2
21 & 22 April|flagicon|ENG Steve Davis "(11)"|9|flagicon|ENG John Parrott|10
23 April|flagicon|ENG Shaun Murphy "(6)"|10|flagicon|ENG Judd Trump|6
21 & 22 April|flagicon|ENG Peter Ebdon "(7)"|10|flagicon|ENG Nigel Bond|7
24 & 25 April|flagicon|ENG Stephen Lee "(10)"|7|flagicon|ENG Mark Selby|10
25 & 26 April|flagicon|ENG Ali Carter "(15)"|10|flagicon|ENG Andy Hicks|4
24 & 25 April|flagicon|SCO Stephen Hendry "(2)"|10|flagicon|ENG David Gilbert|7
26, 27 & 28 April |flagicon|ENG Ian McCulloch|8|flagicon|ENG Anthony Hamilton "(16)"|13
27 & 28 April |flagicon|SCO Stephen Maguire "(9)"| 13 |flagicon|NIR Joe Swail| 8
28, 29 & 30 April |flagicon|SCO John Higgins "(5)"| 13 |flagicon|IRL Fergal O'Brien| 4
29 & 30 April |flagicon|AUS Neil Robertson "(13)"| 10 |flagicon|ENG Ronnie O'Sullivan "(4)"| 13
27 & 28 April |flagicon|NIR Mark Allen| 9 |flagicon|WAL Matthew Stevens "(14)"| 13
26 & 27 April |flagicon|ENG John Parrott| 8 |flagicon|ENG Shaun Murphy "(6)"| 13
29 & 30 April |flagicon|ENG Peter Ebdon "(7)"| 8 |flagicon|ENG Mark Selby| 13
28, 29 & 30 April |flagicon|ENG Ali Carter "(15)"| 13 |flagicon|SCO Stephen Hendry "(2)"| 6
1 & 2 May |flagicon|ENG Anthony Hamilton "(16)"| 7 |flagicon|SCO Stephen Maguire "(9)"| 13
1 & 2 May |flagicon|SCO John Higgins "(5)"| 13 |flagicon|ENG Ronnie O'Sullivan "(4)"| 9
1 & 2 May |flagicon|WAL Matthew Stevens "(14)"| 12 |flagicon|ENG Shaun Murphy "(6)"| 13
1 & 2 May |flagicon|ENG Mark Selby| 13 |flagicon|ENG Ali Carter "(15)"| 12
3, 4 & 5 May |flagicon|SCO Stephen Maguire "(9)"| 15 |flagicon|SCO John Higgins "(5)"| 17
3, 4 & 5 May |flagicon|ENG Shaun Murphy "(6)"| 16 |flagicon|ENG Mark Selby | 17
("Best of 35 frames") Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 6 & 7 May, 2007. Referee: Eirian Williams
John Higgins "(5)" flagicon|SCO
18-13
flagicon|ENG Mark Selby
73-25, 58-32, 19-95, 25-76, 10-132, 97-0, 98-11, 86-5, 75-0, 85-9, 101-24, 70-61, 59-75, 98-0, 78-55, 116-0, 36-73, 0-110, 35-65, 4-74, 0-66, 48-72, 81-40, 63-70, 75-2, 22-82, 54-77, 71-33, 57-41, 129-1, 78-1
5 Century Breaks: 3 (Higgins) & 2 (Selby) Highest break by Higgins: 129
Highest break by Selby: 116
73-25, 58-32, 19-95, 25-76, 10-132, 97-0, 98-11, 86-5, 75-0, 85-9, 101-24, 70-61, 59-75, 98-0, 78-55, 116-0, 36-73, 0-110, 35-65, 4-74, 0-66, 48-72, 81-40, 63-70, 75-2, 22-82, 54-77, 71-33, 57-41, 129-1, 78-1
John Higgins wins 2007 888.com World Snooker Championship
"Best of 19 frames"
"Best of 25 frames"
"Best of 25 frames"
"Best of 33 frames"

Century Breaks

There were 68 centuries scored in the 2007 Championship, joint equal (with the tournament held in 2002) highest in the history of the tournament.

*Ali Carter (4): 144, 129, 112, 111
*Stephen Maguire (8): 143, 137, 131, 124, 108, 106, 102, 101
*Neil Robertson (1): 140
*John Higgins (11): 135, 134, 129, 127, 122, 110, 106, 104, 104, 100, 100
*Ken Doherty (1): 135
*Shaun Murphy (5): 132, 131, 101, 101, 100
*Mark Selby (11): 130, 129, 122, 121, 119, 116, 116, 111, 109, 104, 100
*Ronnie O'Sullivan (5): 129, 109, 105, 104, 100
*Barry Hawkins (1): 129
*John Parrott (2): 126, 123
*Stephen Lee (1): 126
*Fergal O'Brien (1): 120
*Matthew Stevens (3): 118, 108, 101
*Mark Allen (2): 118, 101
*Nigel Bond (2): 114, 104
*Joe Swail (2): 114, 104
*Anthony Hamilton (2): 111, 107
*Ian McCulloch (1): 110
*Marco Fu (1): 107
*Ding Junhui (1): 103
*Steve Davis (1): 100
*Ryan Day (1): 100
*David Gilbert (1): 100

Qualification

Qualification for the World Snooker Championship 2007, was held between 23 February to 2 March, 2007 and well known players who have failed to qualify to the final qualifying round include Jimmy White who lost 4-10 to Jamie Burnett (which will only be the second time that White has missed the Crucible stages) and Welsh Open finalist Andrew Higginson who lost 9-10 to Ricky Walden. The final qualifying round took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield between the 12th-15th March 2007 in which well known players, Mark King, James Wattana and Alan McManus went out, McManus, the first time in his career. 32 players enter the first round, with the winners playing the 16 players in the next round. This continues for 2 more rounds, with the 16 winners progressing to play in the World Snooker Championship.

*Players in bold qualify to play in the main draw of the World Championship.

Results

"1st Round (Best of 19 Frames)"

Bradley Jones 10-1 Issara Kachaiwong

Roy Stolk 10-7 Phil Seaton

Ben Woollaston 10-3 Del Smith

James Leadbetter 10-8 Les Dodd

*Mark Joyce won, as Robin Hull withdrew due to illness

Qualified players

The first round draw was done by presenters Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams of BBC's Breakfast on March 19 and it was announced on Breakfast at 7.30 the next day.

References

External links

* [http://www.worldsnooker.com/tournament_home-61.htm World Snooker page]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/snooker/default.stm BBC Coverage of Championships]

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