2008 World Snooker Championship

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Tournament information
Dates 19 April–5 May 2008
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,050,000
Winner's share £250,000
Highest break 147 (x2)
Final
Champion England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-up England Ali Carter
Score 18–8
2007
2009

The 2008 888.com World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 19 April and 5 May 2008 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

John Higgins was the defending champion, but he lost in the second round 9–13 against Ryan Day.

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his third World title by defeating Ali Carter 18–8 in the final. It was O'Sullivan's 20th ranking title.[1]

Tournament summary[edit]

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

  • Ryan Day reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the first time in his career by beating the defending champion John Higgins 13–9.[11]
  • Stephen Hendry reached the quarter-finals for the seventeenth time in his career.[12]
  • Liang Wenbo suffered embarrassment when he punched the air in premature celebration of a 13–10 victory over Swail, only for Swail to gain a snooker and take the frame. Swail recovered to level at 12–12, only to miss the brown while clearing the colours in the final frame and lose the match 13–12. The result meant that he would not be in the top 16 the following season. After the match Swail complained bitterly that in the final frame the referee had incorrectly replaced the cue ball after calling a miss, giving Liang an easier escape from a snooker, and accused Liang of unprofessional conduct for not pointing out the referee's mistake.[13]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan scored a maximum break against Mark Williams in the final frame of their match, the ninth of his career in competitive competition, beating Stephen Hendry's record of eight. This was Ronnie's third at the Crucible.[14]
  • Following his loss to Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Williams dropped out of the top 16 of the World Rankings after twelve seasons in it.[15]
  • Stephen Maguire repeated his first round feat by winning the first eight frames in the first session of his match against Neil Robertson.[10]

Quarter-finals[edit]

  • Ali Carter made the third maximum break of the year (seventh of the 2007/2008 season). This came just a day after Ronnie O'Sullivan's maximum, the first time there have been two 147 breaks in the main draw of the same ranking tournament. Peter Ebdon came very close to a maximum of his own just a frame earlier, but narrowly missed the fifteenth black. Just minutes before on the other table, Stephen Hendry was also attempting a maximum of his own but missed the fifteenth red.[16]
  • Stephen Hendry reached the 12th Crucible semi-final of his career.[17]
  • Liang Wenbo became the first player from mainland China to reach this stage.[16]

Semi-finals[edit]

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan whitewashed Stephen Hendry 8–0 in their second session, extending O'Sullivan's streak to eleven consecutive frames against the former seven-time world champion. With winning the opening frame of the third session, he extended the winning streak to 12 consecutive frames. At one point O'Sullivan scored 448 points without reply. This was the first time Hendry had lost every frame in a full session at the Crucible.[18] O'Sullivan won the match 17–6 with a session to spare.[19]
  • Ali Carter reached his first ever ranking final by beating Joe Perry 17–15.[20]

Final[edit]

  • For the first time in the history of any snooker tournament, both finalists had compiled maximum breaks in earlier rounds.
  • For the first time since 1991 that two Englishmen played in the final. In 1991 John Parrott defeated Jimmy White 18–11.[21]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan became only the third player after Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry to win more than two World titles at The Crucible.[21]
  • The start of the final session was briefly interrupted by a streaker who ran onto the stage and then crawled under the snooker table.[22]
  • In post-match interviews, both players admitted to not having played particularly well, with O'Sullivan commenting "Ali and I are disappointed not to put on a better performance". Carter's performance was described as "jaded".[23]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[10][24]

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][25]

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            
 Scotland John Higgins (1)   10
24, 25 & 26 April
 Wales Matthew Stevens   5  
 Scotland John Higgins (1)   9
20 & 21 April
   Wales Ryan Day (16)   13  
 Wales Ryan Day (16)  10
29 & 30 April
 Republic of Ireland Michael Judge   6  
 Wales Ryan Day (16)   7
22 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (8)  13  
 China Ding Junhui (9)  10
25 & 26 April
 Hong Kong Marco Fu   9  
 China Ding Junhui (9)   7
20 & 21 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (8)   13  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (8)  10
1 & 2 May
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen   9  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (8)  6
23 & 24 April
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)  17
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
 China Liu Chuang   5  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)   13
21 & 22 April
   Wales Mark Williams (12)   7  
 Wales Mark Williams (12)  10
29 & 30 April
 England Mark Davis   3  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)  13
19 & 20 April
   China Liang Wenbo  7  
 England Stephen Lee (13)   4
27 & 28 April
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail   10  
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail   12
23 April
   China Liang Wenbo   13  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (4)   5
 China Liang Wenbo   10  
22 & 23 April            
 England Shaun Murphy (3)   10
25 & 26 April
 England Dave Harold   3  
 England Shaun Murphy (3)   4
19 & 20 April
   England Ali Carter (14)   13  
 England Ali Carter (14)  10
29 & 30 April
 England Barry Hawkins   9  
 England Ali Carter (14)  13
21 & 22 April
   England Peter Ebdon (6)   9  
 England Mark Selby (11)   8
24 & 25 April
 England Mark King   10  
 England Mark King   9
19 & 20 April
   England Peter Ebdon (6)   13  
 England Peter Ebdon (6)   10
1, 2 & 3 May
 England Jamie Cope   9  
 England Ali Carter (14)  17
19 & 20 April
   England Joe Perry  15
 Australia Neil Robertson (7)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
 England Nigel Bond  4  
 Australia Neil Robertson (7)   7
23 & 24 April
   Scotland Stephen Maguire (10)   13  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (10)   10
29 & 30 April
 England Anthony Hamilton   3  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (10)  12
21 April
   England Joe Perry  13  
 England Steve Davis (15)   8
27 & 28 April
 England Stuart Bingham   10  
 England Stuart Bingham   9
22 & 23 April
   England Joe Perry   13  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (2)   7
 England Joe Perry   10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 4 May & 5 May 2008. Referee: Jan Verhaas[26]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)
 England
18 – 8 Ali Carter (14)
 England
81–56, 127–0, 99–0, 0–104, 86–4, 62–76, 65–18, 73–0, 78–0, 36–60, 86–4, 28–93, 45–80, 123–0, 77–32, 110–5, 66–48, 74–0, 25–64, 85–0, 0–84, 58–42, 4–89, 68–39, 75–32, 62–16 2 Century Breaks: 1 (Carter) 1 (O'Sullivan)

Highest break by O'Sullivan: 106
Highest break by Carter: 104

81–56, 127–0, 99–0, 0–104, 86–4, 62–76, 65–18, 73–0, 78–0, 36–60, 86–4, 28–93, 45–80, 123–0, 77–32, 110–5, 66–48, 74–0, 25–64, 85–0, 0–84, 58–42, 4–89, 68–39, 75–32, 62–16
England Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the 2008 888.com World Snooker Championship


Preliminary qualifying[edit]

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place at Pontin's in Prestatyn, Wales between 3 and 5 January 2008.[10]

Round 1
England Phil Seaton 5–2 Wales Donald Newcombe
Round 2
England Colin Mitchell 5–4 England Phil Seaton
England Les Dodd 1–5 India David Singh
England Adam Osbourne 0–5 England Sean Storey
England Tony Knowles 5–1 England Ali Bassiri
England Neil Selman 5–1 England John Wilson
England Ian Stark 5–4 England Del Smith
England Tony Brown 5–1 England Christopher Flight
England Stephen Ormerod w/o–w/d England Paul Wykes
Round 3
England Colin Mitchell 5–3 India David Singh
England Sean Storey 5–0 England Tony Knowles
England Neil Selman 4–5 England Ian Stark
England Tony Brown 3–5 England Stephen Ormerod

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying rounds 1–4 for the tournament that place at Pontin's in Prestatyn, Wales between 6 and 11 January 2008. The final round of qualifying took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield between 7 and 10 March.[10]

Round 1
Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 10–1 England Sean Storey
England Jimmy Robertson 10–5 England Stephen Ormerod
Republic of Ireland Rodney Goggins 10–4 England Ian Stark
China Liu Chuang 10–0 England Colin Mitchell
Rounds 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 Alex Davies 10    Wales Ian Preece 10    England Adrian Gunnell 10    England Stuart Bingham 10
 Australia Steve Mifsud 2    England Alex Davies 9    Wales Ian Preece 9    England Adrian Gunnell 3
 England Mark Joyce 10    England Jimmy Michie 10    Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 10    England Michael Holt 6
 Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 8    England Mark Joyce 4    England Jimmy Michie 6    Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 10
 Scotland James McBain 10    Scotland Marcus Campbell 9    Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 10    England Jamie Cope 10
 Belgium Kevin Van Hove 2    Scotland James McBain 10    Scotland James McBain 4    Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 5
 China Tian Pengfei 10    England Mike Dunn 10    England Andrew Norman 2    England Dave Harold 10
 England Ashley Wright 4    China Tian Pengfei 2    England Mike Dunn 10    England Mike Dunn 4
 England Munraj Pal 8    England David Roe 10    England Andy Hicks 10    England Barry Hawkins 10
 China Xiao Guodong 10    China Xiao Guodong 5    England David Roe 5    England Andy Hicks 8
 England Matthew Selt 10    England Jimmy White 10    England A Higginson 7    England Mark King 10
 Scotland Fraser Patrick 6    England Matthew Selt 4    England Jimmy White 10    England Jimmy White 3
 China Liu Song 10    Scotland Scott MacKenzie 10    Thailand James Wattana 8    England Anthony Hamilton 10
 England Jimmy Robertson 6    China Liu Song 5    Scotland Scott MacKenzie 10    Scotland Scott MacKenzie 2
 Norway Kurt Maflin 9    Wales Paul Davies 8    England John Parrott 10    England Joe Perry 10
 Wales Gareth Coppack 10    Wales Gareth Coppack 10    Wales Gareth Coppack 3    England John Parrott 8
 England Shailesh Jogia 4    England Barry Pinches 10    England Robert Milkins 4    England Nigel Bond 10
 Wales Michael White 10    Wales Michael White 4    England Barry Pinches 10    England Barry Pinches 7
 England Lee Spick 9    England Judd Trump 10    Scotland Jamie Burnett 2    Northern Ireland Joe Swail 10
 Republic of Ireland Rodney Goggins 10    Republic of Ireland Rodney Goggins 4    England Judd Trump 10    England Judd Trump 9
 England Jamie O'Neill 8    England Stuart Pettman 4    England Rory McLeod 10    Wales Matthew Stevens 10
 England Martin Gould 10    England Martin Gould 10    England Martin Gould 8    England Rory McLeod 5
 China Liang Wenbo 10    England Rod Lawler 6    England David Gilbert 3    England Ian McCulloch 5
 England Ben Woollaston 3    China Liang Wenbo 10    China Liang Wenbo 10    China Liang Wenbo 10
 Wales Lee Walker 9    Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 5    England David Gray 5    Wales Dominic Dale 9
 China Liu Chuang 10    China Liu Chuang 10    China Liu Chuang 10    China Liu Chuang 10
 Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 10    Scotland Drew Henry 2    England Mark Davis 10    Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 2
 England Alfred Burden 4    Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 10    Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 9    England Mark Davis 10
 Republic of Ireland David Morris 9    Finland Robin Hull    Scotland Alan McManus 10    Hong Kong Marco Fu 10
 Thailand Supoj Saenla 10    Thailand Supoj Saenla W/O    Thailand Supoj Saenla 2    Scotland Alan McManus 3
 Malta Tony Drago 9    England Tom Ford 5    England Ricky Walden 10    Northern Ireland Mark Allen 10
 Thailand I Kachaiwong 10    Thailand I Kachaiwong 10    Thailand I Kachaiwong 4    England Ricky Walden 8

Century breaks[edit]

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Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

The highest break received a prize of £10,000, and a 147 break received a prize of £147,000 – a total of £157,000. This prize was shared, as two players made a 147, thus winning £78,500 each. In total there were 63 century breaks made at this year's world championships.

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