2003 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 19 April–5 May 2003
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,682,900
Winner's share £270,000
Highest break 147
Final
Champion Wales Mark Williams
Runner-up Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty
Score 18–16
2002
2004

The 2003 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 19 April and 5 May 2003 at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Peter Ebdon was the defending champion, but he lost 12–13 to Paul Hunter in the quarter-finals and became another first time champion, who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title. [1]

Mark Williams won his second World title by defeating Ken Doherty 18–16 in the final.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan's maximum break against Marco Fu in the first round was the fifth at the Crucible, and made O'Sullivan the first player to score two 147s at the venue. It was in fact the first 147 at the Crucible since O'Sullivan himself made one in 1997.[2]
  • Stephen Hendry made a 132 break in his first round match against Gary Wilkinson, and became the first player to compile 100 century breaks at the Crucible.[3]
  • During his second round match, Paul Hunter compiled the 750th centuries at the Crucible in frame four.[3]
  • Mark Williams lost the opening two frames of his second-round match against Quinten Hann before winning 13 in a row – a record for a single match – to triumph 13–2.[4]
  • In his quarter-final against John Higgins, Doherty won the first ten frames, before Higgins took the next seven. Doherty eventually won the match 13–8.[5]
  • In the semi-finals, Ken Doherty trailed Paul Hunter 9–15, Hunter needing only two more frames for victory. Doherty won five in a row to reduce the deficit to one frame, but Hunter then took the 30th, however Doherty won all three remaining frames to win the match 17–16 and reach the final.[6]
  • Doherty produced a similar comeback in the final against Mark Williams, where he fell 2–10 behind before taking nine of the next ten frames to level at 11–11. He would also level the match at 12–12, 13–13, 14–14 and 16–16, before eventually losing the next two frames and the match.[7]
  • Doherty played a total of 132 frames, a modern day record at the World Championship.[8]

Prize fund[edit]

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

  • Winner: £270,000
  • Runner-up: £158,000
  • Semi-final: £79,000
  • Quarter-final: £39,500
  • Last 16: £22,000
  • Last 32: £15,000
  • Total: £1,682,900

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).[10][11][12]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
19 April[13]            
 England Peter Ebdon (1)  10
24, 25 & 26 April[14]
 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene  3  
 England Peter Ebdon (1)  13
22 & 23 April[15]
   Malta Tony Drago  5  
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail (16)  8
29 & 30 April[16]
 Malta Tony Drago  10  
 England Peter Ebdon (1)  12
23 & 24 April[17]
   England Paul Hunter (9)  13  
 England Paul Hunter (9)  10
27 & 28 April[18]
 England Ali Carter  5  
 England Paul Hunter (9)  13
22 & 23 April[19]
   Wales Matthew Stevens (8)  6  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (8)  10
1, 2 & 3 May[6]
 Scotland Chris Small  3  
 England Paul Hunter (9)  16
20 & 21 April[20]
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (5)  17
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (5)  10
26, 27 & 28[21]
 England Shaun Murphy  9  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (5)  13
20 & 21 April[22]
   Scotland Graeme Dott (12)  12  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (12)  10
29 & 30 April[5]
 England Robert Milkins  4  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (5)  13
19 & 20 April[23]
   Scotland John Higgins (4)  8  
 England Joe Perry (13)  4
25 & 26 April[24]
 England Sean Storey  10  
 England Sean Storey  7
21 & 22 April[25]
   Scotland John Higgins (4)  13  
 Scotland John Higgins (4)  10
 England Ian McCulloch  7  
23 & 24 April[26]            
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  10
27 & 28 April[27]
 England Stuart Pettman  2  
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  13
19 & 20 April[28]
   Australia Quinten Hann (14)  2  
 Australia Quinten Hann (14)  10
29 & 30 April[29]
 England John Parrott  5  
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  13
19 & 20 April[30]
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (6)  7  
 England Mark King (11)  5
24 & 25 April[31]
 Scotland Drew Henry  10  
 Scotland Drew Henry  11
19 & 20 April[32]
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (6)  13  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (6)  10
1, 2 & 3 May[33]
 England Gary Wilkinson  7  
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  17
21 April[34]
   England Stephen Lee (7)  8
 England Stephen Lee (7)  10
25 & 26 April[35]
 England Steve Davis  6  
 England Stephen Lee (7)  13
22 & 23 April[36]
   England Jimmy White (10)  11  
 England Jimmy White (10)  10
29 & 30 April[37]
 Thailand James Wattana  6  
 England Stephen Lee (7)  13
21 & 22 April[38]
   Hong Kong Marco Fu  7  
 Scotland Alan McManus (15)  10
26, 27 & 28 April[39]
 England Nigel Bond  7  
 Scotland Alan McManus (15)  7
22 & 23 April[40]
   Hong Kong Marco Fu  13  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  6
 Hong Kong Marco Fu  10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. 4 and 5 May.[7] Referee: Jan Verhaas.[41]
Ken Doherty
 Ireland
16–18 Mark Williams
 Wales
37–60, 55–82, 97–0, 29–73, 30–86, 12–82, 30–77, 56–75, 85–24, 4–118, 1–76, 0–101, 79–0, 70–69, 0–75, 60–51, 73–10, 62–31, 128–6, 61–17, 82–49, 70–39, 41–68, 115–0, 19–62, 98–23, 0–87, 78–45, 0–121, 0–77, 68–17, 120–16, 28–96, 5–120 Century breaks: 6 (Doherty 3, Williams 3)

Highest break by Doherty: 128
Highest break by Williams: 120

37–60, 55–82, 97–0, 29–73, 30–86, 12–82, 30–77, 56–75, 85–24, 4–118, 1–76, 0–101, 79–0, 70–69, 0–75, 60–51, 73–10, 62–31, 128–6, 61–17, 82–49, 70–39, 41–68, 115–0, 19–62, 98–23, 0–87, 78–45, 0–121, 0–77, 68–17, 120–16, 28–96, 5–120
Wales Mark Williams wins the 2003 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 53 centuries in this year's championship. The highest break of the tournament was 147 made by Ronnie O'Sullivan.[11][42][43][44]

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