2007 World Snooker Championship

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Tournament information
Dates 21 April–7 May 2007
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £941,000
Winner's share £220,000
Highest break 144
Final
Champion Scotland John Higgins
Runner-up England Mark Selby
Score 18–13
2006
2008

The 2007 888.com World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament. The event 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 in Sheffield, England.

Graeme Dott was the defending champion, but lost in the first round 7–10 to Ian McCulloch and became another World Champion, who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title.

John Higgins won his second World title by defeating qualifier Mark Selby 18–13 in the final.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • Before the tournament began Ronnie O'Sullivan alleged that the WPBSA draw had been fixed,[1] after having been drawn in the first round against Ding Junhui, considered by bookmakers to be among the favourites for the title,[1][2] and noting that he had drawn European Open and UK Champion, Stephen Maguire, in both 2004 and 2005.[1] O'Sullivan later withdrew the accusation,[3] and made no formal complaint to the WPBSA, who maintain that the draw was genuine.[1]
  • Defending champion Graeme Dott fell to the Crucible curse and became the 14th first-time champion who couldn't defend his title, as he lost in the first round by 7 frames to 10 against Ian McCulloch.[4]
  • In the first round battle of the champions, John Parrott beat Steve Davis by 10 frames to 9.[5]
  • Shaun Murphy came back from 7–12 down to win his quarter-final match against Matthew Stevens, a feat never before accomplished in a best of 25 frame match.[6]
  • During his semi-final match, John Higgins compiled the Crucible's 1,000th century break in frame 29.[7][8]
  • The final had the latest finish in history, with the conclusion of the 31st and final frame coming at 00:54 am BST, just two minutes later than in 2006.[9]
  • John Higgins' second title came nine years after his first, the longest gap between wins since his namesake Alex Higgins. It is the longest gap between wins at the Crucible.[10]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[11][12]

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). The first round draw was done by presenters Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams of BBC Breakfast on 19 March and it was announced on Breakfast at 7.30 am BST the next day.[11][13][14][15][16]

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            
 Scotland Graeme Dott (1)  7
26, 27 & 28 April
 England Ian McCulloch  10  
 England Ian McCulloch  8
21 & 22 April
   England Anthony Hamilton (16)  13  
 England Anthony Hamilton (16)  10
1 & 2 May
 Hong Kong Marco Fu  3  
 England Anthony Hamilton (16)  7
23 & 24 April
   Scotland Stephen Maguire (9)  13  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (9)  10
27 & 28 April
 England Joe Perry  3  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (9)  13
24 April
   Northern Ireland Joe Swail  8  
 Wales Mark Williams (8)  9
3, 4 & 5 May
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail  10  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (9)  15
25 & 26 April
   Scotland John Higgins (5)  17
 Scotland John Higgins (5)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 England Michael Holt  4  
 Scotland John Higgins (5)  13
22 & 23 April
   Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien  4  
 England Barry Hawkins (12)  9
1 & 2 May
 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien  10  
 Scotland John Higgins (5)  13
25 April
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  9  
 Australia Neil Robertson (13)  10
29 & 30 April
 Wales Ryan Day  5  
 Australia Neil Robertson (13)  10
22 & 23 April
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  13  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  10
 China Ding Junhui  2  
23 & 24 April            
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (3)  7
27 & 28 April
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen  10  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen  9
21 & 22 April
   Wales Matthew Stevens (14)  13  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (14)  10
1 & 2 May
 Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney  2  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (14)  12
21 & 22 April
   England Shaun Murphy (6)  13  
 England Steve Davis (11)  9
26 & 27 April
 England John Parrott  10  
 England John Parrott  8
23 April
   England Shaun Murphy (6)  13  
 England Shaun Murphy (6)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
 England Judd Trump  6  
 England Shaun Murphy (6)  16
21 & 22 April
   England Mark Selby  17
 England Peter Ebdon (7)  10
29 & 30 April
 England Nigel Bond  7  
 England Peter Ebdon (7)  8
24 & 25 April
   England Mark Selby  13  
 England Stephen Lee (10)  7
1 & 2 May
 England Mark Selby  10  
 England Mark Selby  13
25 & 26 April
   England Ali Carter (15)  12  
 England Ali Carter (15)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 England Andy Hicks  4  
 England Ali Carter (15)  13
24 & 25 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  6  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  10
 England David Gilbert  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 6 & 7 May 2007. Referee: Eirian Williams[17]
John Higgins (5)
 Scotland
18–13 Mark Selby
 England
73–25, 58–32, 19–95, 25–76, 10–132, 97–0, 98–24, 86–5, 75–0, 85–9, 101–24, 70–61, 59–75, 98–0, 78–55, 116–0, 36–73, 0–110, 36–65, 4–74, 0–66, 48–72, 81–40, 63–70, 75–2, 22–82, 54–77, 71–33, 57–43, 129–1, 78–1 Century breaks: 5 (Higgins 3, Selby 2)

Highest break by Higgins: 129
Highest break by Selby: 116

73–25, 58–32, 19–95, 25–76, 10–132, 97–0, 98–24, 86–5, 75–0, 85–9, 101–24, 70–61, 59–75, 98–0, 78–55, 116–0, 36–73, 0–110, 36–65, 4–74, 0–66, 48–72, 81–40, 63–70, 75–2, 22–82, 54–77, 71–33, 57–43, 129–1, 78–1
Scotland John Higgins wins the 2007 888.com World Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifying[edit]

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place in Pontin's Prestatyn, Wales.[11][18]

Round 1
England Bradley Jones 5–0 England Neil Selman
England Del Smith 5–4 England Tony Knowles
Round 2
England Bradley Jones 5–0 England Stephen Ormerod
England Les Dodd w/o-w/d India David Singh
England Ali Bassiri 0–5 England Phil Seaton
England Del Smith 5–0 England Barry Stark

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying for the 2007 World Snooker Championship, was held between 23 February to 2 March 2007 at Pontin's, Prestatyn, Wales. The final qualifying round took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield between the 12–15 March 2007.[11][18]

Round 1
Thailand Issara Kachaiwong 8–10 England Bradley Jones
Netherlands Roy Stolk 10–7 England Phil Seaton
England Ben Woollaston 10–3 England Del Smith
England James Leadbetter 10–8 England Les Dodd
Round 2–5
  Round 2
Best of 19 frames
  Round 3
Best of 19 frames
  Round 4
Best of 19 frames
  Round 5
Best of 19 frames
 England Alfie Burden 10    England David Gilbert 10    Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 6    England Mark King 6
 Scotland Robert Stephen 9    England Alfie Burden 9    England David Gilbert 10    England David Gilbert 10
 China Liu Song 10    Malta Tony Drago 9    England Adrian Gunnell 10    England Michael Holt 10
 New Zealand Dene O'Kane 3    China Liu Song 10    China Liu Song 8    England Adrian Gunnell 7
 England Judd Trump 10    Pakistan Shokat Ali 7    England Jamie Cope 7    Thailand James Wattana 5
 England Bradley Jones 8    England Judd Trump 10    England Judd Trump 10    England Judd Trump 10
 China Tian Pengfei 10    England Joe Jogia 10    Scotland Drew Henry 10    England Joe Perry 10
 Netherlands Roy Stolk 2    China Tian Pengfei 4    England Joe Jogia 7    Scotland Drew Henry 5
 England Mark Joyce 10    Finland Robin Hull w/d    Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 10    England Stuart Bingham 5
 United Arab Emirates Mohammed Shehab 6    England Mark Joyce w/o    England Mark Joyce 4    Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 10
 England Paul Wykes 3    England Rory McLeod 10    England Tom Ford 8    England Andy Hicks 10
 Malta Alex Borg 10    Malta Alex Borg 6    England Rory McLeod 10    England Rory McLeod 4
 England Lee Page 10    Wales Paul Davies 10    Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 10    Hong Kong Marco Fu 10
 Northern Ireland Dermot McGlinchey 1    England Lee Page 1    Wales Paul Davies 5    Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 9
 England Matthew Couch 10    England Jimmy Michie 10    England Mark Davis 10    China Ding Junhui 10
 Wales Jamie Jones 5    England Matthew Couch 4    England Jimmy Michie 2    England Mark Davis 6
 Wales Ian Preece 10    Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10    England Barry Pinches 9    Scotland Alan McManus 9
 England Ben Woollaston 8    Wales Ian Preece 7    Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10    Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10
 China Liang Wenbo 10    England Mike Dunn 10    England Dave Harold 10    Northern Ireland Joe Swail 10
 England Jeff Cundy 5    China Liang Wenbo 3    England Mike Dunn 3    England Dave Harold 9
 England Paul Davison 10    Scotland Jamie Burnett 10    England Jimmy White 4    England Nigel Bond 10
 England Peter Lines 8    England Paul Davison 5    Scotland Jamie Burnett 10    Scotland Jamie Burnett 6
 Thailand Passakorn Suwannawat 10    England David Roe 8    Scotland Marcus Campbell 10    Wales Ryan Day 10
 Germany Patrick Einsle 4    Thailand Passakorn Suwannawat 10    Thailand Passakorn Suwannawat 9    Scotland Marcus Campbell 5
 England Chris Melling 6    England Andrew Norman 10    Wales Dominic Dale 10    England Ian McCulloch 10
 Republic of Ireland David Morris 10    Republic of Ireland David Morris 8    England Andrew Norman 8    Wales Dominic Dale 4
 England Lee Spick 10    Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10    England Rod Lawler 5    England Robert Milkins 4
 England Sean Storey 4    England Lee Spick 5    Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10    Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10
 England Chris Norbury 9    England Stuart Pettman 3    England John Parrott 10    England David Gray 7
 England James Leadbetter 10    England James Leadbetter 10    England James Leadbetter 7    England John Parrott 10
 England Andrew Higginson 10    Scotland Scott MacKenzie 6    England Ricky Walden 10    England Mark Selby 10
 Scotland Mark Boyle 4    England Andrew Higginson 10    England Andrew Higginson 9    England Ricky Walden 6

Century breaks[edit]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

[11]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

There were 68 centuries scored in the televised stage of the 2007 championship, which was joint equal highest in the history of the tournament (with the tournament held in 2002) until 2009.[19][20]

References[edit]

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  17. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
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