2009 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 18 April–4 May 2009
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,111,000
Winner's share £250,000
Highest break 147
Final
Champion Scotland John Higgins
Runner-up England Shaun Murphy
Score 18–9
2008
2010

The 2009 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 18 April and 4 May at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. This was the first time that the World Snooker Championship had been sponsored by Betfred.[1]

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion, but he lost in the second round 11–13 against Mark Allen.

John Higgins won his third World title by defeating Shaun Murphy 18–9 in the final. It was Higgins' 20th ranking title.

Tournament summary[edit]

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

  • Stephen Hendry won his 1,000th frame at the Crucible during his match against Ding Junhui. In this very frame Hendry compiled a 140 break. In total, at that moment Hendry had played over 1,700 frames at the Crucible, more than any other player. Hendry went on to win the match 13–10 and qualified for the quarter-finals for a record 18th time.[10]
  • Mark Allen beat defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 13–11.[10] Allen made his best appearance at the tournament, ultimately reaching the semi-finals.[11]
  • Neil Robertson won four frames on the final black during the second session of his match with Ali Carter, and went on to win the match 13–8.[12]
  • John Higgins beat Jamie Cope 13–12 having trailed 10–12. Final frames were so tense, that two members of the audience fainted and required medical assistance.[13]
  • Stephen Maguire and Mark King set a new record for the longest frame ever played at the Crucible at 74 minutes 58 seconds,[14] breaking the previous record of 74 minutes 8 seconds set in the 2006 final between Peter Ebdon and Graeme Dott.[15]
  • The match between Mark Selby and Graeme Dott saw a controversial decision by referee Alan Chamberlain. Dott was going in-off, but stopped the cue ball with his fist before it dropped into the pocket, believing that the in-off was obvious. Chamberlain called a foul and awarded four points to Selby. Convinced that he now had the cue ball in hand, as would be the norm after an in-off, Selby picked up the ball to place it inside the "D." However, Chamberlain then called a foul on him and awarded four points back to Dott. Chamberlain's reasoning was that since the cue ball had never left the bed of the table, Selby should have played the shot from where the cue ball finished. Both players and even members of the audience disputed Chamberlain's decision, but it remained unchanged.[16]

Quarter-finals[edit]

  • Stephen Hendry made the ninth 147 break of his career in the seventh frame of his match against Shaun Murphy. Hendry equalled Ronnie O'Sullivan's record for most 147s and became the second man to score a Crucible 147 more than once, having done it for the first time in 1995.[17]
  • Neil Robertson beat Stephen Maguire 13–8. He became only the second player from Australia in 27 years (since Eddie Charlton) to play a semi-final at the Crucible.[18]
  • John Higgins advanced to the semi-finals against Mark Selby by winning his second consecutive match of the tournament in the final frame, again coming from behind before the last frames, this time 11–12. The final frame required two re-racks.[19]
  • Mark Allen and Neil Robertson both reached the first world championship semi-finals of their careers.

Semi-finals[edit]

Both semi-finals featured impressive comebacks from the eventual losers. Mark Allen came back from a 3–13 deficit against John Higgins to 12–15 before losing the match 13–17.[20] In a similar manner, Neil Robertson brought a 7–14 deficit back to 14–14 in his match against Shaun Murphy, but lost the final three frames.[21]

Final[edit]

  • Michaela Tabb made history by becoming the first woman to referee a World Snooker Championship final.[22][23]
  • This was the first final contested by two former world champions since 2003, when Mark Williams defeated Ken Doherty 18–16.[24]
  • After the first session ended all-square at 4–4, John Higgins opened up an 11–5 lead over Shaun Murphy, winning the second session 7–1.[25] After the third session, Higgins led 16–8, having won that session 5–3.[26]
  • The second frame of the fourth session was Higgins's 1000th frame in the Crucible Theatre.[27]
  • The fourth and final session lasted only three frames before John Higgins defeated Shaun Murphy 18–9. In doing so, Higgins became only the ninth player to lift the trophy more than twice,[24] and only the sixth player to have won more than two titles in the modern era (Ray Reardon, John Spencer, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan being the others).[28]
  • By winning the title two weeks before his 34th birthday, Higgins became the oldest World Snooker Champion since 36-year-old Dennis Taylor in 1985.[29]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[30][31]

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).[32][33] The draw for the televised stage of the World Snooker Championship was made on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 at 9.45am GMT on Radio Sheffield.[4]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
18 April            
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
 England Stuart Bingham  5  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  11
19 & 20 April
   Northern Ireland Mark Allen (16)  13  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (16)  10
28 & 29 April
 England Martin Gould  6  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (16)  13
21 April
   Wales Ryan Day (8)  11  
 England Peter Ebdon (9)  5
24 & 25 April
 England Nigel Bond  10  
 England Nigel Bond  5
22 April
   Wales Ryan Day (8)  13  
 Wales Ryan Day (8)  10
30 April, 1 & 2 May
 England Stephen Lee  4  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (16)  13
22 & 23 April
   Scotland John Higgins (5)  17
 Scotland John Higgins (5)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
 England Michael Holt  5  
 Scotland John Higgins (5)  13
20 & 21 April
   England Jamie Cope  12  
 England Joe Perry (12)  6
28 & 29 April
 England Jamie Cope  10  
 Scotland John Higgins (5)  13
18 & 19 April
   England Mark Selby (4)  12  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (13)  10
26 & 27 April
 England Barry Hawkins  8  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (13)  10
19 & 20 April
   England Mark Selby (4)  13  
 England Mark Selby (4)  10
 England Ricky Walden  6  
21 & 22 April            
 England Shaun Murphy (3)  10
24 & 25 April
 England Andrew Higginson  8  
 England Shaun Murphy (3)  13
20 April
   Hong Kong Marco Fu (14)  3  
 Hong Kong Marco Fu (14)  10
28 & 29 April
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail  4  
 England Shaun Murphy (3)  13
20 & 21 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (6)  11  
 China Ding Junhui (11)  10
23 & 24 April
 China Liang Wenbo  8  
 China Ding Junhui (11)  10
18 & 19 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (6)  13  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (6)  10
30 April, 1 & 2 May
 Wales Mark Williams  7  
 England Shaun Murphy (3)  17
18 & 19 April
   Australia Neil Robertson (10)  14
 England Ali Carter (7)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene  5  
 England Ali Carter (7)  8
21 & 22 April
   Australia Neil Robertson (10)  13  
 Australia Neil Robertson (10)  10
28 & 29 April
 England Steve Davis  2  
 Australia Neil Robertson (10)  13
18 & 19 April
   Scotland Stephen Maguire (2)  8  
 England Mark King (15)  10
26 & 27 April
 England Rory McLeod  6  
 England Mark King (15)  6
22 & 23 April
   Scotland Stephen Maguire (2)  13  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (2)  10
 Scotland Jamie Burnett  5  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 3 May & 4 May 2009. Referee: Michaela Tabb
John Higgins (5)
 Scotland
18–9 Shaun Murphy (3)
 England
83–0, 85–6, 79–20, 7–83, 50–96, 4–114, 49–63, 69–34, 98–1, 12–87, 70–51, 95–11, 70–45, 132–0, 82–0, 128–6, 64–42, 0–91, 60–49, 76–43, 28–70, 49–79, 94–26, 80–59, 106–21, 0–78, 105–0 3 century breaks:
2 (Higgins) & 1 (Murphy)

Highest break by Higgins: 128
Highest break by Murphy: 109

83–0, 85–6, 79–20, 7–83, 50–96, 4–114, 49–63, 69–34, 98–1, 12–87, 70–51, 95–11, 70–45, 132–0, 82–0, 128–6, 64–42, 0–91, 60–49, 76–43, 28–70, 49–79, 94–26, 80–59, 106–21, 0–78, 105–0
Scotland John Higgins wins the 2009 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship


Preliminary qualifying[edit]

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place on 25 February 2009 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. (World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association members not on The Tour.)[34][35]

Round 1
Republic of Ireland Bill Kelly 1–5 India David Singh
England Neil Selman 5–3 England Paul Cavney
England Barry Stark 5–3 England Les Dodd
England Stephen Ormerod 5–0 England Christopher Flight
England Del Smith 5–0 England Adam Osbourne
England Phil Seaton 5–2 England Philip Minchin
England Ali Bassiri 1–5 England Tony Knowles
Round 2
England Colin Mitchell 5–1 India David Singh
England Neil Selman 5–1 England Barry Stark
England Stephen Ormerod 1–5 England Del Smith
England Phil Seaton 2–5 England Tony Knowles

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying rounds 1–4 for the tournament took place between 26 February and 4 March 2009 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The final round of qualifying took place between 8 and 10 March 2009 at the same venue.[34][35]

Round 1
China Li Hang 10–2 England Colin Mitchell
Northern Ireland Declan Hughes wd–wo England Neil Selman
New Zealand Chris McBreen 10–8 England Del Smith
Netherlands Stefan Mazrocis 9–10 England Tony Knowles
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 Matthew Couch 10    England Andrew Norman 4    England John Parrott 3    Northern Ireland Joe Swail 10
 England Michael Georgiou 8    England Matthew Couch 10    England Matthew Couch 10    England Matthew Couch 1
 England Lee Spick 10    England Barry Pinches 5    England Adrian Gunnell 2    England Steve Davis 10
 England Stephen Craigie 5    England Lee Spick 10    England Lee Spick 10    England Lee Spick 8
 England Jimmy White 10    England Andy Hicks 10    England Rory McLeod 10    England Ian McCulloch 7
 Republic of Ireland Vincent Muldoon 8    England Jimmy White 8    England Andy Hicks 8    England Rory McLeod 10
 Wales Daniel Wells 10    Wales Ian Preece 9    Scotland Marcus Campbell 9    England Barry Hawkins 10
 China Li Hang 9    Wales Daniel Wells 10    Wales Daniel Wells 10    Wales Daniel Wells 9
 Thailand Supoj Saenla 10    China Liu Song 10    Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 10    Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 5
 China Liu Chuang 5    Thailand Supoj Saenla 9    China Liu Song 6    Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 10
 Scotland Scott MacKenzie 9    Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10    England Judd Trump 10    England Stephen Lee 10
 England Wayne Cooper 10    England Wayne Cooper 8    Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 1    England Judd Trump 8
 Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 10    England Mark Joyce 6    England Tom Ford 10    Wales Mark Williams 10
 England Neil Selman 2    Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 10    Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 8    England Tom Ford 5
 England Matthew Selt 10    England Rod Lawler 10    England Ricky Walden 10    England Anthony Hamilton 5
 Scotland Robert Stephen 3    England Matthew Selt 5    England Rod Lawler 1    England Ricky Walden 10
 Scotland James McBain 10    Republic of Ireland David Morris 10    China Liang Wenbo 10    England Dave Harold 3
 New Zealand Chris McBreen 2    Scotland James McBain 3    Republic of Ireland David Morris 8    China Liang Wenbo 10
 England Simon Bedford 10    England David Roe 7    Scotland Jamie Burnett 10    Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 6
 England David Grace 6    England Simon Bedford 10    England Simon Bedford 8    Scotland Jamie Burnett 10
 Wales Jamie Jones 10    England Robert Milkins 7    England Andrew Higginson 10    Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 4
 Thailand Atthasit Mahitthi 9    Wales Jamie Jones 10    Wales Jamie Jones 8    England Andrew Higginson 10
 England Lewis Roberts 10    Wales Paul Davies 10    England Jimmy Michie 6    England Jamie Cope 10
 India Aditya Mehta 8    England Lewis Roberts 7    Wales Paul Davies 10    Wales Paul Davies 5
 England Kuldesh Johal 8    England David Gray 8    England Mike Dunn 10    England Nigel Bond 10
 China Jin Long 10    China Jin Long 10    China Jin Long 7    England Mike Dunn 7
 England Peter Lines 10    England Mark Davis 10    England Michael Holt 10    Wales Dominic Dale 7
 England Andy Lee 8    England Peter Lines 6    England Mark Davis 9    England Michael Holt 10
 England Paul Davison 5    England Stuart Pettman 10    Scotland Alan McManus 10    England Stuart Bingham 10
 Wales Andrew Pagett 10    Wales Andrew Pagett 3    England Stuart Pettman 8    Scotland Alan McManus 6
 Republic of Ireland Rodney Goggins 10    England Martin Gould 10    England David Gilbert 8    Wales Matthew Stevens 4
 England Tony Knowles 4    Republic of Ireland Rodney Goggins 7    England Martin Gould 10    England Martin Gould 10

Century breaks[edit]

This is complete list of century breaks scored in both the qualifying and the televised stages.[36]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

There were 69 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship:

Televised stage centuries[edit]

There were 83 century breaks in the televised stage of the World Championship, a new record beating 2002's and 2007's 68. The next highest total is 74, made during the 2011 World Championship.[37]

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