2012 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
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Tournament information
Dates 21 April – 7 May 2012
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,152,500
Winner's share £250,000
Highest break 147
Final
Champion England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-up England Ali Carter
Score 18–11
2011
2013

The 2012 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place from 21 April to 7 May 2012 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. It was the 75th edition of the event,[1] and the last ranking event of the 2011/2012 season.[2]

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his fourth world title by defeating Ali Carter 18–11 in the final. John Higgins, the defending champion,[3] lost 4–13 to Stephen Hendry in the second round.[4] Aged 36, and just 55 days older than Dennis Taylor when winning the title in 1985, O'Sullivan became the oldest world champion since 45-year-old Ray Reardon in 1978.[5]

On the opening day of the televised stage Hendry made the 88th official maximum break, his third at the Crucible and the 11th of his career.[6] He announced his retirement from professional snooker following his loss to Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals.[7]

Tournament summary[edit]

First round[edit]

  • Debutants at the Crucible were Jamie Jones,[8] Cao Yupeng,[9] and Luca Brecel.[10][11][12] It was also the first time that Cao and Brecel qualified for the televised stage of a ranking event.[9][10] Cao and Jones advanced to the second round by defeating Mark Allen 10–6 and Shaun Murphy 10–8 respectively,[13] whilst Brecel lost 5–10 against Stephen Maguire.[14]
  • Brecel became the youngest player ever to compete at the Crucible, at the age of 17 years and 45 days.[14][15][16][17] He was also the first Belgian to play at the Crucible.[10]
  • Five Asian players competed in the first round, which is a Crucible record.[16] Four were from China and one from Hong Kong.[18]
  • Mark Williams stated on Twitter before the championship, that he hated the Crucible and wished that the tournament was played in China.[19] Williams was subsequently booed as he was announced to the crowd before his opening match.[20] For this comment he was later fined a total of £4,000.[21]
  • Stephen Hendry made the 10th maximum break at the Crucible during his first round match with Stuart Bingham. This was the 88th official maximum break. With this he equalled two records of O'Sullivan: the most official maximum breaks in professional snooker with eleven, and the most at the venue with three.[6][22][23] Hendry won the match 10–4.[24]
  • Zhu Ying became the first Chinese person to referee a match at the Crucible by officiating the match between Hendry and Bingham.[23]
  • Neil Robertson became the fourth player to make three consecutive century breaks at the World Championship, after O'Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Selby.[25]
  • Mark Allen, following his first-round defeat by Cao Yupeng, accused his opponent of cheating. Allen claimed that Cao had not admit to a push shot at 5–4. However, he also conceded that the Chinese player had outplayed him during the match.[26] World Snooker decided to start disciplinary action against Allen,[27] who later admitted having gone too far.[28] He was later fined a total of £11,000, and warned he would be suspended from the tour for three months if he breaches the rules again in the next six months. Allen was also ordered to undergo media training.[29]
  • Ding Junhui created more controversy after his defeat to Ryan Day. Ding said that the table conditions were not right and complained about spectators being disruptive during the match.[20] He was later fined £250, and warned by the chairman of the Disciplinary Committee for swearing during the live press conference.[30]
  • Andrew Higginson and David Gilbert reached the second round of the World Championship for the first time in their respective careers. Higginson defeated Stephen Lee 10–6, and Gilbert defeated Martin Gould 10–8.[31][32]
  • Eight out of the sixteen seeded players were beaten in the first round. Bingham, Graeme Dott, Murphy, Lee, Gould, Ding Junhui, Allen and Selby all lost their places in the tournament. This marked the most top 16 players to suffer defeat in the first round since 1992.[33]

Second round[edit]

  • John Higgins made the 500th century break of his career in his match against Stephen Hendry. Two frames later Hendry made his 775th.[34]
  • Hendry defeated defending champion Higgins 13–4, and reached his 19th Crucible quarter-final, thus beating his own record of 18 quarter-finals. Only eight players have played at the Crucible 19 times or more: Hendry, Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Terry Griffiths, John Parrott, Peter Ebdon, Willie Thorne and Ronnie O'Sullivan.[35]
  • Ali Carter defeated Judd Trump 13–12, despite having trailed 9–12. In the deciding frame Trump needed four snookers and got three, before Carter finally potted the last remaining red.[36]
  • Crucible debutant Jamie Jones reached his first ranking event quarter-final by defeating Andrew Higginson 13–10. After the second session Jones led 10–6. Higginson then won the four opening frames of the last session to make it 10–10, before Jones took the next three frames to win the match.[37] Jones was also the lowest ranked player to win a second round match. The world number 36 became the third Welshman into this year's quarter-finals, following Ryan Day and Matthew Stevens.[38]

Quarter-finals[edit]

  • Stephen Hendry fell 2–13 to Stephen Maguire with a session to spare. After the match Hendry announced his immediate retirement from professional snooker, citing dissatisfaction with his standard of play in recent years and difficulty balancing competitive, commercial and personal commitments.[7]
  • Matthew Stevens won 11 frames in a row to beat fellow Welshman Ryan Day 13–5 from 2–5 down,[39] and reached his first World Championship semi-final since 2005.[40]

Semi-finals[edit]

  • Ali Carter won his semi-final five months after threatening to retire from the game due to health problems and a loss of form.[41] Carter, who battles against the effects of Crohn's disease, beat Stephen Maguire 17–12 to reach his second World Championship final.[42]

Final[edit]

  • The final was a repeat of the 2008 final, in which O'Sullivan beat Carter 18–8.[42]
  • O'Sullivan had played in three World Championship finals prior to this, and won them all.[43] Carter's only previous final was the aforementioned 2008 tournament.[42]
  • Carter had never beaten O'Sullivan in 11 previous attempts in ranking events before this match.[44]
  • O'Sullivan made a 141 break in the eighth frame, the highest ever in a Crucible final.[45][46] The previous record was 139 made by O'Sullivan in the 2001 final.[47]

Prize fund[edit]

The prize fund for the championship was divided as follows:[48][49]

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).[51][52][53][54][55] The draw for the first round took place on 16 April 2012, one day after the qualifying, and was broadcast live by Talksport.[56]

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 John Higgins (1)  10
27 & 28 April
 China Liang Wenbo  9  
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  4
21 & 22 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry  13  
 England Stuart Bingham (16)  4
1 May
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  10  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  2
24 & 25 April
   Scotland Stephen Maguire (8)  13  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (9)  1
26, 27 & 28 April
 England Joe Perry  10  
 England Joe Perry  7
22 & 23 April
   Scotland Stephen Maguire (8)  13  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (8)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
 Belgium Luca Brecel  5  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (8)  12
22 & 23 April
   England Ali Carter (13)  17
 England Shaun Murphy (5)  8
29 & 30 April
 Wales Jamie Jones  10  
 Wales Jamie Jones  13
23 & 24 April
   England Andrew Higginson  10  
 England Stephen Lee (12)  6
1 & 2 May
 England Andrew Higginson  10  
 Wales Jamie Jones  11
25 & 26 April
   England Ali Carter (13)  13  
 England Ali Carter (13)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 England Mark Davis  2  
 England Ali Carter (13)  13
24 & 25 April
   England Judd Trump (4)  12  
 England Judd Trump (4)  10
 Wales Dominic Dale  7  
25 & 26 April            
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 China Liu Chuang  6  
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  6
23 & 24 April
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  13  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  10
1 & 2 May
 England Peter Ebdon  4  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  13
21 & 22 April
   Australia Neil Robertson (6)  10  
 England Martin Gould (11)  8
26 & 27 April
 England David Gilbert  10  
 England David Gilbert  9
21 & 22 April
   Australia Neil Robertson (6)  13  
 Australia Neil Robertson (6)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  4  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  17
24 & 25 April
   Wales Matthew Stevens (15)  10
 China Ding Junhui (7)  9
27 & 28 April
 Wales Ryan Day  10  
 Wales Ryan Day  13
21 & 22 April
   China Cao Yupeng  7  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (10)  6
1 & 2 May
 China Cao Yupeng  10  
 Wales Ryan Day  5
23 April
   Wales Matthew Stevens (15)  13  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (15)  10
29 & 30 April
 Hong Kong Marco Fu  3  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (15)  13
24 & 25 April
   England Barry Hawkins  11  
 England Mark Selby (2)  3
 England Barry Hawkins  10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 6 & 7 May 2012. Referee: Michaela Tabb.[57][58]
Ali Carter (13)
 England
11–18 Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)
 England
37–77, 1–121, 85–0, 58–24, 42–86, 55–2, 0–108, 0–141, 84–8, 21–73, 14–69, 62–30, 8–73, 13–60, 83–1, 34–74, 52–3, 0–101, 12–73, 48–62, 41–81, 59–9, 105–34, 62–5, 4–129, 0–92, 78–17, 0–76, 0–82 Century breaks: 4 (O'Sullivan 3, Carter 1)
Highest break by Carter: 105
Highest break by O'Sullivan: 141
37–77, 1–121, 85–0, 58–24, 42–86, 55–2, 0–108, 0–141, 84–8, 21–73, 14–69, 62–30, 8–73, 13–60, 83–1, 34–74, 52–3, 0–101, 12–73, 48–62, 41–81, 59–9, 105–34, 62–5, 4–129, 0–92, 78–17, 0–76, 0–82
England Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the 2012 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifying[edit]

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament were for WPBSA members not on the Main Tour and took place on 5 April 2012 at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield.[59][60][61]

Round 1
England John Parrott 0–5 Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace
Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 5–4 England Stephen Rowlings
England Philip Minchin 3–5 England Barry Stark
England Ali Bassiri 0–5 India David Singh
England Jamie O'Neill 5–4 England David Gray
England Les Dodd 0–5 England Justin Astley
Round 2
Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 5–2 Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney
England Barry Stark 1–5 India David Singh
England Stephen Ormerod 0–5 England Jamie O'Neill
England Del Smith 2–5 England Justin Astley

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying rounds 1–4 for the tournament that took place between 6 and 12 April 2012 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The final round of qualifying took place between 14 and 15 April 2012 at the same venue.[59][60][61] Robert Milkins made the 87th official maximum break during his round four qualifying match against Xiao Guodong on 11 April 2012. This was the second maximum break of Milkins' career.[50]

Round 1
Brazil Igor Figueiredo 10–5 England Jamie O'Neill
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
                               
China  Tian Pengfei 5   Scotland  Anthony McGill 10   England  Anthony Hamilton 10   Republic of Ireland  Ken Doherty 10
England  Adam Wicheard 10   England  Adam Wicheard 0   Scotland  Anthony McGill 8   England  Anthony Hamilton 9
Northern Ireland  Joe Swail 5   England  Ben Woollaston 10   England  Steve Davis 7   Wales  Dominic Dale 10
Wales  Daniel Wells 10   Wales  Daniel Wells 4   England  Ben Woollaston 10   England  Ben Woollaston 3
England  Liam Highfield 10   England  Andy Hicks 10   Wales  Jamie Jones 10   England  Ricky Walden 2
England  Matthew Couch 5   England  Liam Highfield 3   England  Andy Hicks 9   Wales  Jamie Jones 10
Wales  Andrew Pagett 8   China  Xiao Guodong 10   England  Robert Milkins 10   England  Mark Davis 10
India  Aditya Mehta 10   India  Aditya Mehta 4   China  Xiao Guodong 4   England  Robert Milkins 5
China  Li Yan 10   Thailand  James Wattana 10   Northern Ireland  Gerard Greene 10   Wales  Ryan Day 10
England  Paul Davison 4   China  Li Yan 6   Thailand  James Wattana 9   Northern Ireland  Gerard Greene 8
China  Yu Delu 10   Wales  Michael White 2   England  Matthew Selt 5   Scotland  Stephen Hendry 10
Northern Ireland  Patrick Wallace 9   China  Yu Delu 10   China  Yu Delu 10   China  Yu Delu 6
Norway  Kurt Maflin 2   England  Dave Harold 9   England  Nigel Bond 7   England  Tom Ford 9
China  Cao Yupeng 10   China  Cao Yupeng 10   China  Cao Yupeng 10   China  Cao Yupeng 10
England  Andrew Norman 8   China  Liu Song 9   England  Joe Jogia 10   Hong Kong  Marco Fu 10
Brazil  Igor Figueiredo 10   Brazil  Igor Figueiredo 10   Brazil  Igor Figueiredo 7   England  Joe Jogia 4
England  Ian McCulloch 2   England  Barry Pinches 3   England  Michael Holt 9   England  Mark King 8
Belgium  Luca Brecel 10   Belgium  Luca Brecel 10   Belgium  Luca Brecel 10   Belgium  Luca Brecel 10
England  Sam Craigie 9   Malta  Tony Drago 7   China  Liang Wenbo 10   Scotland  Marcus Campbell 9
England  Justin Astley 10   England  Justin Astley 10   England  Justin Astley 3   China  Liang Wenbo 10
England  David Gilbert 10   England  Jimmy Robertson 9   England  Mike Dunn 6   Republic of Ireland  Fergal O'Brien 4
England  Stuart Carrington 7   England  David Gilbert 10   England  David Gilbert 10   England  David Gilbert 10
England  Rod Lawler 10   China  Liu Chuang 10   England  Jimmy White 8   England  Jamie Cope 7
Thailand  Dechawat Poomjaeng 8   England  Rod Lawler 7   China  Liu Chuang 10   China  Liu Chuang 10
Republic of Ireland  David Morris 10   England  Mark Joyce 4   Scotland  Alan McManus 7   England  Barry Hawkins 10
Poland  Kacper Filipiak 2   Republic of Ireland  David Morris 10   Republic of Ireland  David Morris 10   Republic of Ireland  David Morris 4
Thailand  Passakorn Suwannawat 10   England  Peter Lines 10   England  Rory McLeod 5   England  Andrew Higginson 10
India  David Singh 5   Thailand  Passakorn Suwannawat 4   England  Peter Lines 10   England  Peter Lines 4
England  Sam Baird 8   England  Alfie Burden 10   England  Jack Lisowski 3   England  Peter Ebdon 10
England  David Grace 10   England  David Grace 5   England  Alfie Burden 10   England  Alfie Burden 0
England  Adam Duffy 10   England  Adrian Gunnell 8   Scotland  Jamie Burnett 10   England  Joe Perry 10
India  Lucky Vatnani 2   England  Adam Duffy 10   England  Adam Duffy 7   Scotland  Jamie Burnett 8

Century breaks[edit]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

There were 60 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship.[62][63]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

There were 71 century breaks in the televised stage of the World Championship.[64][65][66] For every century break that was made during the 17 day championship in Sheffield, the title sponsor, Betfred, donated £200 to World Snooker’s official charity for the 2011/2012 season, Haven House Children’s Hospice, with the promise of topping it up to £25,000 if 75 centuries were made. However, Betfred boss Fred Done donated the full £25,000, despite being four centuries short of the target.[67]

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