2001 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 21 April–7 May 2001
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,532,000
Winner's share £260,000
Highest break 140
Final
Champion England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-up Scotland John Higgins
Score 18–14
2000
2002

The 2001 Embassy World Snooker Championship professional ranking snooker tournament took place between the 21 April and 7 May 2001 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Mark Williams was the defending champion, but he lost in the second round 12–13 against Joe Swail and became another first time champion, who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title.

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his first World title by defeating John Higgins 18–14 in the final.

Tournament summary[edit]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5]

  • Winner: £250,000
  • Runner-up: £147,000
  • Semi-final: £73,000
  • Quarter-final: £36,500
  • Last 16: £20,000
  • Last 32: £14,000
  • Total: £1,532,000

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).[6][7][8]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
21 April[9]            
 Wales Mark Williams (1)  10
26, 27 & 28 April[10]
 Scotland Billy Snaddon  4  
 Wales Mark Williams (1)  12
25 April[9]
   Northern Ireland Joe Swail (16)  13  
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail (16)  10
1 & 2 May[11]
 England Sean Storey  9  
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail (16)  13
24 April[9]
   Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace  11  
 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien (9)  8
29 & 30 April[10]
 England Mark King  10  
 England Mark King  5
23 & 24 April[9]
   Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace  13  
 Scotland Alan McManus (8)  2
3, 4 & 5 May[12]
 Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace  10  
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail (16)  11
25 & 26 April[9]
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  17
 England Stephen Lee (5)  10
28, 29 & 30 April[10]
 England Nigel Bond  3  
 England Stephen Lee (5)  12
22 & 23 April[9]
   England Peter Ebdon (12)  13  
 England Peter Ebdon (12)  10
1 & 2 May[11]
 Thailand James Wattana  8  
 England Peter Ebdon (12)  6
21 & 22 April[9]
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  13  
 England Dave Harold (13)  10
27 & 28 April[10]
 Australia Quinten Hann  5  
 England Dave Harold (13)  6
22 & 23 April[9]
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  13  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  10
 England Andy Hicks  2  
25 & 26 April[9]            
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (3)  10
29 & 30 April[10]
 England Mark Davis  5  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (3)  13
21 & 22 April[9]
   England Paul Hunter (14)  5  
 England Paul Hunter (14)  10
1 & 2 May[11]
 England David Roe  6  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (3)  5
21 & 22 April
   Wales Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
 England Anthony Hamilton (11)  10
26 & 27 April[10]
 Scotland Marcus Campbell  4  
 England Anthony Hamilton (11)  5
21 & 22 April[9]
   Wales Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (6)  10
3, 4 & 5 May[13]
 Malta Tony Drago  1  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (6)  15
23 April[9]
   Scotland John Higgins (2)  17
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (7)  10
27 & 28 April[10]
 England Nick Dyson  7  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (7)  13
23 & 24 April[9]
   Republic of Ireland Michael Judge  7  
 England John Parrott (10)  6
1 & 2 May[11]
 Republic of Ireland Michael Judge  10  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (7)  6
24 & 25 April[9]
   Scotland John Higgins (2)  13  
 Hong Kong Marco Fu (15)  8
28, 29 & 30 April[10]
 Scotland Chris Small  10  
 Scotland Chris Small  8
24 & 25 April[9]
   Scotland John Higgins (2)  13  
 Scotland John Higgins (2)  10
 Scotland Graeme Dott  4  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. 6 & 7 May 2001.[14] Referee: Eirian Williams.[15]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)
 England
18–14 John Higgins (2)
 Scotland
92–41, 0–92, 81–0, 79–0, 56–47, 0–135, 90–28, 71–0, 49–72 , 49–36, 2–53, 50–68, 99–0, 100–12, 22–108, 99–0, 81–26, 12–78, 139–0, 85–0, 133–0, 33–65, 21–67, 0–98, 19–68, 68–0, 78–43, 8–67, 5–101, 68–60, 69–71, 80–45 Century breaks: 4 (O'Sullivan 2, Higgins 2)

Highest break by O'Sullivan: 139
Highest break by Higgins: 135

92–41, 0–92, 81–0, 79–0, 56–47, 0–135, 90–28 , 71–0, 49–72, 49–36, 2–53, 50–68, 99–0, 100–12, 22–108, 99–0, 81–26, 12–78, 139–0, 85–0, 133–0, 33–65, 21–67, 0–98, 19–68, 68–0, 78–43, 8–67, 5–101, 68–60, 69–71, 80–45
England Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the 2001 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying matches were held between 20 February and 4 March 2001 at the Newport Centre in Newport, Wales.

Round 1[edit]

Best of 19 frames
Hasimu Tuerxun 10–3 Lasse Münstermann
Tom Ford 10–2 Charoen Phorat
Ricky Walden 10–5 David McDonnell
Shailesh Jogia 10–9 Shaun Murphy
Bob Chaperon 10–6 Ian Hurdman
Darryn Walker 10–3 Eddie Barker
Lee Spick 10–7 Michael Rhodes
Neil Robertson 10–7 Paul Davison

Round 2–4[edit]

Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 3
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 4
(Best of 19 frames)
Hugh Abernethy 10–4 Hasimu Tuerxun Hugh Abernethy 10–8 Jason Prince Rod Lawler 10–4 Hugh Abernethy
Nick Dyson 10–7 Ian Brumby Nick Dyson 10–8 Mark Gray Nick Dyson 10–7 Steve James
Tony Knowles 10–4 Colin Gilcreest Tony Knowles 10–9 Dene O'Kane Jimmy Michie 10–2 Tony Knowles
Jason Weston 10–8 Lee Richardson Nick Pearce 10–6 James Weston Alain Robidoux 10–6 Nick Pearce
Tom Ford 10–4 Scott Mackenzie Barry Pinches 10–5 Tom Ford Barry Pinches 10–5 Dave Finbow
Craig Harrison w/o–w/d Barry Pinches Neal Foulds 10–9 Craig Harrison Jamie Burnett 10–5 Neal Foulds
Farhan Mirza 10–8 Craig Roper Shokat Ali 10–3 Farhan Mirza Shokat Ali 10–7 Stuart Bingham
Jeff Cundy 10–6 Ricky Walden Mark Davis 10–3 Jeff Cundy Mark Davis 10–4 Peter Lines
Stephen Maguire 10–3 Troy Shaw Stephen Maguire 10–3 John Lardner Stephen Maguire 10–2 Stuart Pettman
Sean Storey 10–6 Wayne Saidler Sean Storey 10–2 Stephen O'Connor Sean Storey 10–8 Gary Ponting
Barry Hawkins w/o–w/d Mark Bennett Barry Hawkins 10–8 Robert Milkins Bradley Jones 10–8 Barry Hawkins
Noppadon Noppachorn 10–8 Anthony Bolsover Noppadon Noppachorn 10–5 Mike Dunn Noppadon Noppachorn 10–9 Paul Wykes
Munraj Pal 10–2 Alan Burnett Munraj Pal 10–3 Mick Price Anthony Davies 10–6 Munraj Pal
Paul McPhillips 10–7 Shailesh Jogia Paul McPhillips 10–6 Tony Jones Michael Judge 10–1 Paul McPhillips
Bjorn Haneveer 10–4 Richard King Bjorn Haneveer 10–2 Darren Clarke Bjorn Haneveer 10–4 Jason Ferguson
Craig Butler 10–9 Ryan Day Craig Butler 10–7 Karl Broughton Craig Butler 10–6 Lee Walker
Patrick Delsmore w/o–w/d Gareth Chilcott Patrick Delsmore 10–8 Leigh Griffin Patrick Delsmore 10–3 Gerard Greene
Stefan Mazrocis 10–4 Mehmet Husnu Steve Judd 10–8 Stefan Mazrocis Alfie Burden 10–2 Steve Judd
Jason Barton 10–7 Chris Shade Jason Barton 10–8 Tony Chappel Gary Wilkinson 10–5 Jason Barton
Andrew Higginson 10–7 Bob Chaperon Andrew Higginson 10–8 Adrian Gunnell Michael Holt 10–5 Andrew Higginson
Philip Williams 10–5 Mario Wehrmann Philip Williams 10–8 Paul Sweeney Andy Hicks 10–8 Philip Williams
Eddie Manning 10–9 Mike Hallett Wayne Brown 10–8 Eddiie Manning Euan Henderson 10–3 Wayne Brown
Darryn Walker 10–4 Wayne Jones Darryn Walker 10–9 Phaithoon Phonbun Jonathan Birch 10–8 Darryn Walker
Stuart Mann 10–5 Peter McCullagh Stuart Mann 10–9 Martin Dziewialtowski Stuart Mann 10–2 Matthew Couch
James Reynolds 10–9 Joe Delaney Dean Reynolds 10–7 James Reynolds David Roe 10–8 Dean Reynolds
Karl Burrows w/o–w/d Nick Terry Karl Burrows 10–3 Craig MacGillivray Karl Burrows 10–7 John Read
Robin Hull 10–7 Barry Mapstone Allister Carter 10–4 Robin Hull Marcus Campbell 10–8 Allister Carter
Lee Spick 10–3 Matt Wilson Kristjan Helgason 10–7 Lee Spick David Gray 10–4 Kristjan Helgason
Neil Robertson 10–9 David McLellan Neil Robertson 10–9 Mark Fenton Ian McCulloch 10–8 Neil Robertson
Somporn Kathawung 10–4 Graham Lee Somporn Kathawung 10–6 Willie Thorne Joe Johnson 10–2 Somporn Kathawung
Simon Bedford 10–5 Da Hai Lin Simon Bedford 10–8 Leo Fernandez Simon Bedford 10–3 Paul Davies
Mark Selby 10–4 Stuart Reardon Nick Walker 10–9 Mark Selby Patrick Wallace 10–2 Nick Walker

Round 5–6[edit]

[6]

Round 5
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 6
(Best of 19 frames)
Nick Dyson 10–8 Rod Lawler Nick Dyson 10–9 Brian Morgan
Jimmy Michie 10–7 Alain Robidoux Nigel Bond 10–6 Jimmy Michie
Barry Pinches 10–5 Jamie Burnett Chris Small 10–8 Barry Pinches
Mark Davis 10–5 Shokat Ali Mark Davis 10–9 Dominic Dale
Sean Storey 10–5 Stephen Maguire Sean Storey 10–9 Terry Murphy
Bradley Jones 10–2 Noppadon Noppachorn Mark King 10–6 Bradley Jones
Michael Judge 10–9 Anthony Davies Michael Judge 10–7 Jimmy White
Bjorn Haneveer 10–7 Craig Butler Graeme Dott 10–8 Bjorn Haneveer
Patrick Delsemme 10–7 Alfie Burden Quinten Hann 10–3 Patrick Delsemme
Michael Holt 10–5 Gary Wilkinson Billy Snaddon 10–6 Michael Holt
Andy Hicks 10–9 Euan Henderson Andy Hicks 10–6 Steve Davis
Jonathan Birch 10–6 Stuart Mann James Wattana 10–5 Jonathan Birch
David Roe 10–8 Karl Burrows David Roe 10–8 Darren Morgan
Marcus Campbell 10–9 David Gray Marcus Campbell 10–5 Drew Henry
Ian McCulloch 10–4 Joe Johnson Tony Drago 10–9 Ian McCulloch
Patrick Wallace 10–9 Simon Bedford Patrick Wallace 10–4 Joe Perry

Century breaks[edit]

There were 53 century breaks in the Championship. The highest break of the tournament was 140 made by Joe Swail.[6][16][17]

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