1999 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 17 April–3 May 1999
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,400,000
Winner's share £230,000
Highest break 142
Final
Champion Scotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-up Wales Mark Williams
Score 18–11
1998
2000

The 1999 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17 April–3 May 1999 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

John Higgins was the defending champion, but he lost in the semi-finals 10–17 against Mark Williams and became another World Champion, who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title.

Stephen Hendry won his seventh World title by defeating Mark Williams in the final by 18 frames to 11.[1]

Tournament summary[edit]

  • Stephen Hendry won the world title for a seventh time, a record in the modern era, beating Ray Reardon and Steve Davis' six titles. Hendry won all his titles in the 1990s while Davis won his six in the 1980s and Reardon won his in the 1970s.[2]
  • During his first round match, Steve James compiled the 500th century break at the Crucible in frame seven.[3]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan came close to a maximum break in his semi-final match with Hendry. He missed the last pink to the middle pocket and his break ended at 134.[4]
  • O'Sullivan and Hendry made the most century breaks in a single match at the World Championship with eight.[5]
  • Dominic Dale scored 167 points in one frame in his match against Nigel Bond. He earned 44 penalty points and then made a century break. This is the highest number of points ever scored by a player in one frame in any ranking event.[6]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[7][8][9]

Main draw[edit]

Shown below are the results for each round. The numbers in parentheses beside some of the players are their seeding ranks (each championship has 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers).[7][8][10][11]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
17 April            
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  10
22, 23 & 24 April
 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene  2  
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  13
19 & 20 April
   England Mark King (16)  4  
 England Mark King (16)  10
27 & 28 April
 Wales Darren Morgan  8  
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  13
21 & 22 April
   England Stephen Lee (9)  6  
 England Stephen Lee (9)  10
25 & 26 April
 Scotland John Lardner  7  
 England Stephen Lee (9)  13
21 April
   Scotland Alan McManus (8)  7  
 Scotland Alan McManus (8)  10
29, 30 April & 1 May
 England Jimmy White  7  
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  10
20 April
   Wales Mark Williams (5)  17
 Wales Mark Williams (5)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
 England Ian McCulloch  4  
 Wales Mark Williams (5)  13
18 & 19 April
   England Nick Walker  7  
 Canada Alain Robidoux (12)  6
27 & 28 April
 England Nick Walker  10  
 Wales Mark Williams (5)  13
17 & 18 April
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (4)  9  
 England Nigel Bond (13)  10
23 & 24 April
 Wales Dominic Dale  6  
 England Nigel Bond (13)  11
18 & 19 April
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (4)  13  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (4)  10
 England Steve James  3  
21 & 22 April            
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
 Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez  3  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
20 & 21 April
   England Joe Perry  8  
 England Steve Davis (14)  9
27 & 28 April
 England Joe Perry  10  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
17 & 18 April
   England John Parrott (6)  9  
 England Anthony Hamilton (11)  9
22 & 23 April
 Scotland Chris Small  10  
 Scotland Chris Small  12
17 & 18 April
   England John Parrott (6)  13  
 England John Parrott (6)  10
29, 30 April & 1 May
 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy  8  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
19 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  17
 England Peter Ebdon (7)  7
23 & 24 April
 Wales Matthew Stevens  10  
 Wales Matthew Stevens  13
17 & 18 April
   Malta Tony Drago (10)  8  
 Malta Tony Drago (10)  10
27 & 28 April
 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien  4  
 Wales Matthew Stevens  5
19 & 20 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  13  
 Thailand James Wattana (15)  10
25 & 26 April
 Hong Kong Marco Fu  8  
 Thailand James Wattana (15)  7
20 & 21 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  13  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  10
 England Paul Hunter  8  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2 & 3 May 1999. Referee: Colin Brinded[12]
Mark Williams (5)
 Wales
11–18 Stephen Hendry (2)
 Scotland
47–82, 6–120, 16–51, 60–77, 75–0, 16–101, 73–16, 92–24, 24–77, 15–76, 65–20, 4–133, 75–49, 67–30, 22–64, 23–100, 85–51, 72–32, 0–78, 84–29, 10–106, 13–71, 62–75, 48–60, 45–72, 19–71, 89–0, 73–67, 40–88 Century breaks: 2 (Hendry 2)

Highest break by Williams: 89
Highest break by Hendry: 132

47–82, 6–120, 16–51, 60–77, 75–0, 16–101, 73–16, 92–24, 24–77, 15–76, 65–20, 4–133, 75–49, 67–30, 22–64, 23–100, 85–51, 72–32, 0–78, 84–29, 10–106, 13–71, 62–75, 48–60, 45–72, 19–71, 89–0, 73–67, 40–88
Scotland Stephen Hendry wins the 1999 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 53 century breaks in the championship.[13] The highest break was 142 made by John Higgins and 143 made by both Stephen Maguire and Barry Pinches at the televised and the qualifying stages respectively.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seventh title for Hendry". BBC News. 4 May 1999. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 161. 
  4. ^ "SNOOKER: HIGGINS CURSED; Crucible voodoo on champ strikes again.". Sunday Mirror on HighBeam Research. Retrieved 11 May 2012.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ "World Snooker Championship Trivia". Embassy Snooker. Archived from the original on 4 December 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Various Snooker Records". Chris Turner. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "World Championship 1999". Global Snooker. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Embassy World Championship 1999". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  10. ^ "1999 Embassy World Championship Draw". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  11. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 48–49. 
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  13. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 149.