2002 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 20 April–6 May 2002
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,615,770
Winner's share £260,000
Highest break 145
Final
Champion England Peter Ebdon
Runner-up Scotland Stephen Hendry
Score 18–17
2001
2003

The 2002 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 20 April and 6 May 2002 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion, but he lost in the semi-finals 13 frames to 17 against Stephen Hendry and became another first time champion who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title.

Peter Ebdon won his first world title by defeating seven-time World Champion Hendry 18–17 in the final.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • Stuart Bingham narrowly missed out on a maximum break during his first-round match against Ken Doherty, making it to the final pink.[1]
  • Stephen Hendry reached his record ninth World Championship final and beat the eight set by Steve Davis in the 1980s.[2]
  • Davis himself failed to qualify for the Championship for the second year in a row, losing to Finland's Robin Hull 8–10 at Newport.[3]
  • John Williams refereed his tenth World final. He retired from the game soon afterwards.[4]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5][6]

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).[5][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
                           
20 April[9]            
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  10
25 & 26 April[10]
 Scotland Drew Henry  5  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
24 April[11]
   England Robert Milkins  2  
 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien (16)  8
30 April & 1 May[12]
 England Robert Milkins  10  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
23 April[13]
   England Stephen Lee (8)  10  
 England Paul Hunter (9)  9
28 & 29 April[14]
 Australia Quinten Hann  10  
 Australia Quinten Hann  3
22 & 23 April[15]
   England Stephen Lee (8)  13  
 England Stephen Lee (8)  10
2, 3 & 4 May[16]
 Scotland Chris Small  7  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
21 & 22 April[17]
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (5)  17
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (5)  10
27 & 28 April[18]
 England Shaun Murphy  4  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (5)  13
24 & 25 April[19]
   Wales Anthony Davies  3  
 Scotland Alan McManus (12)  7
30 April & 1 May[20]
 Wales Anthony Davies  10  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (5)  13
20 & 21 April[21]
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (4)  12  
 England Mark King (13)  10
26 & 27 April[22]
 England David Gray  5  
 England Mark King (13)  12
21 & 22 April[23]
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (4)  13  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (4)  10
 England Stuart Bingham  8  
24 & 25 April[24]            
 Scotland John Higgins (3)  10
28 & 29 April[25]
 Thailand James Wattana  1  
 Scotland John Higgins (3)  13
20 & 21 April[26]
   Scotland Graeme Dott (14)  2  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (14)  10
30 April & 1 May[27]
 Finland Robin Hull  6  
 Scotland John Higgins (3)  7
22 & 23 April[28]
   Wales Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
 England Jimmy White (11)  10
25 & 26 April[29]
 Wales Dominic Dale  2  
 England Jimmy White (11)  3
20 & 21 April[30]
   Wales Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (6)  10
2, 3 & 4 May[31]
 England Mike Dunn  6  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (6)  16
22 April[32]
   England Peter Ebdon (7)  17
 England Peter Ebdon (7)  10
26 & 27 April[33]
 Republic of Ireland Michael Judge  4  
 England Peter Ebdon (7)  13
20 & 21 April[34]
   England Joe Perry  7  
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail (10)  6
30 April & 1 May[35]
 England Joe Perry  10  
 England Peter Ebdon (7)  13
23 & 24 April[36]
   England Anthony Hamilton  6  
 England Dave Harold (15)  6
27, 28 & 29 April[37]
 England Anthony Hamilton  10  
 England Anthony Hamilton  13
23 & 24 April[38]
   WalesMark Williams (2)  9  
 Wales Mark Williams (2)  10
 England John Parrott  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. 5 & 6 May.[39] Referee: John Williams.[40]
Stephen Hendry (5)
 Scotland
17–18 Peter Ebdon (7)
 England
0–94, 0–140, 13–73, 16–71, 126–0, 73–40, 119–4, 65–36, 0–134, 67–56, 9–68, 68–70, 14–77, 13–69, 70–4, 33–89, 32–69, 126–0, 108–0, 66–21, 89–36, 43–67, 110–0, 97–0, 127–1, 65–58, 22–103, 26–62, 74–30, 21–73, 0–111, 78–39, 4–85, 62–52, 14–72 Century breaks: 8 (Hendry 4, Ebdon 4)

Highest break by Hendry: 126
Highest break by Ebdon: 134

0–94, 0–140, 13–73, 16–71, 126–0, 73–40, 119–4, 65–36, 0–134, 67–56, 9–68, 68–70, 14–77, 13–69, 70–4, 33–89, 32–69, 126–0, 108–0, 66–21, 89–36, 43–67, 110–0, 97–0, 127–1, 65–58, 22–103, 26–62, 74–30, 21–73, 0–111, 78–39, 4–85, 62–52, 14–72
England Peter Ebdon wins the 2002 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 68 century breaks in this World Championship, a record which was equalled in 2007 and superseded in 2009.[41][42] The highest break of the tournament was 145, made by Matthew Stevens during his quarter-final match against Higgins.[5] This was just the second time that the highest break of the tournament was 145, after Doug Mountjoy's in 1981.[41] Hendry made 16 century breaks during the tournament, the record for most centuries at a ranking event.[2][43]

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