2014 World Snooker Championship

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Dafabet
World Snooker Championship
2014 World Snooker Championship logo.jpg
Tournament information
Dates 19 April–5 May 2014
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,214,000
Winner's share £300,000
Highest break 140
Final
Champion England Mark Selby
Runner-up England Ronnie O'Sullivan
Score 18–14
2013
2015

The 2014 Dafabet World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place from 19 April to 5 May 2014 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. It was the 77th edition of the World Snooker Championship and the last ranking event of the 2013/2014 season.[1] The event was sponsored by Dafabet for the first time.[2]

Mark Selby won his first world title by defeating defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 18–14. This was Selby's fourth ranking title and made him the ninth player to complete snooker's Triple Crown of World Championship, UK Championship, and Masters titles.[3]

Tournament summary[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Former world champions Steve Davis,[4] Mark Williams,[5] Graeme Dott,[6] and Peter Ebdon[7] lost in the qualifying rounds, as did six-time runner-up Jimmy White[8] and two-time runner-up Matthew Stevens.[9] Ebdon's 8–10 loss to Robin Hull meant that he failed to play at the Crucible for the first time since his debut in 1992,[10] ending his consecutive appearances at 22.[11] Williams' 8–10 defeat by Alan McManus meant that he missed the Crucible for the first time since 1996,[12] while Dott's 7–10 defeat by Kyren Wilson meant that he did not reach the Crucible for the first time since 1999.[6]

For the first time, no Welsh player automatically qualified to play at the Crucible.[9] Three Welshmen, Dominic Dale, Michael White, and Ryan Day, won places in the first round through qualification.[13] At the age of 44, Ken Doherty defeated Dechawat Poomjaeng 10–5 in qualifying to become the oldest player to reach the Crucible this year.[14][15]

First round[edit]

First round debutants at the Crucible were Kyren Wilson,[16] Michael Wasley,[17] Xiao Guodong,[18] and Robbie Williams.[19] Wilson, Xiao, and Williams lost in the first round, but Wasley reached the second round by defeating world number two Ding Junhui 10–9 in a win that was described as "one of the biggest shocks in Crucible history".[20][21] Ding's first-round loss meant that he could not surpass Stephen Hendry's record of winning five ranking titles in a single season.[22]

Ken Doherty took the last seven frames of his match against Stuart Bingham to win 10–5, recording his first victory at the Crucible since 2006.[23] Alan McManus achieved his first Crucible win since 2005 by defeating John Higgins 10–7,[24] while Dominic Dale won his first Crucible match since 2000 by defeating Mark Davis 10–5.[25]

The final frame of Ricky Walden's first-round match against Kyren Wilson lasted 73 minutes 13 seconds,[26] just under two minutes short of the Crucible record of 74 minutes 58 seconds that Stephen Maguire and Mark King set in 2009.[27] Walden won the frame to clinch a 10–7 victory.[28]

Having already broken Judd Trump's record of 63 century breaks in a single professional season, world number one Neil Robertson arrived at the Crucible with 93 centuries,[29] and was aiming to become the first player to reach 100 competitive centuries in one season.[30] In his 10–2 win over Robbie Williams, he compiled breaks of 132, 103, 140, and 102 to take his season total to 97.[31][32]

Ladies' Day[edit]

On 26 April 2014, the second annual Ladies' Day at the Crucible featured events designed to encourage greater female participation in the sport. The day was also used to raise money for the World Snooker’s official charity – Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.[33] The first Ladies' Day was held in 2013.[34]

Second round[edit]

Although he was never ahead in the first two sessions, defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan defeated Joe Perry 13–11 in the second round to reach the 16th World Championship quarter-final of his professional career.[35] O'Sullivan described the encounter with Perry as "probably my most exciting match ever at the Crucible."[36] Alan McManus defeated Doherty 13–8 to qualify for only his fourth quarter-final at the World Championship.[37] This was McManus' first quarter-final appearance since 2005, when he also beat Doherty in the second round.[38]

Dominic Dale defeated Wasley 13–4 to reach his first World Championship quarter-final since 2000.[39] In defeating Mark Allen 13–7, Robertson added two more century breaks to bring his season total to 99. In the last two frames he made breaks of 94 and 92, narrowly missing his 100th century of the season.[40] Barry Hawkins met Ricky Walden in a repeat of the previous year's semi-final.[41] Hawkins defeated Walden again, this time 13–11, to reach his second Crucible quarter-final.[42] Mark Selby defeated two-time runner-up Ali Carter 13–9.[43]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Selby won eight of the second session's nine frames against Alan McManus,[44] after they could only finish seven frames in the first session,[45] and went on to win the match 13–5.[46]

O'Sullivan won 13 of the last 14 frames to defeat Shaun Murphy 13–3,[47] and end the match with a session to spare.[48]

Hawkins opened up a 6–2 lead over Dominic Dale in the first session,[49] and extended his lead to 11–5 overnight.[50] In the final session, Dale fought back to win seven frames in a row and take the lead at 12–11, but Hawkins captured the last two frames to win the match 13–12.[51]

Robertson trailed Judd Trump 2–6 after the first session, and 6–9 after the second, before he won seven of the last nine frames (including the last five frames) to win the match 13–11.[52][53] In the 22nd frame of his quarter-final, Robertson compiled his 100th century break of the 2013/2014 season, becoming the first player in the history of snooker to achieve this feat.[54]

Semi-finals[edit]

In the first semi-final, Ronnie O'Sullivan met Barry Hawkins in a repeat of the previous year's final,[55] and won 17–7 to reach his sixth World Championship final.[56] O'Sullivan became the first player in ten years to win both his quarter-final and semi-final match with a session to spare.[57] In 2004, he achieved this feat by defeating Anthony Hamilton 13–3 and Stephen Hendry 17–4.[58]

In the second semi-final, a match that lasted 12 hours 4 minutes,[59] Mark Selby defeated Neil Robertson 17–15 to reach his second World Championship final.[60] Selby had previously reached the final in 2007, when he lost to John Higgins.[61] During the match, Robertson extended his century break record to 103,[62] but his defeat meant that he lost his world number one position.[63]

Final[edit]

The two-day final between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby was refereed by Brendan Moore. This was the first time that Moore took charge of a World Championship final.[64] In the first session on Sunday afternoon, O'Sullivan took a 5–3 lead, which he extended in the evening session to 8–3 and 10–5, before Selby took the last two frames of the day to leave O'Sullivan with a 10–7 overnight lead.[65] O'Sullivan's highest break on the first day was 131 in the 14th frame, while Selby's highest break of the day was just 62.[66] The third session on Monday afternoon concluded after just six of the scheduled eight frames,[67] but Selby won five of them to go into the final session with a 12–11 lead.[68] Selby then won three of the first four frames of the evening session, extending his lead to 15–12 at the mid-session interval, before going on to win the final 18–14 and capture his first world title.[67] In all, Selby won 13 of the last 17 frames.[69] The victory made Selby the ninth player to win all three Triple Crown events,[70] and reinstated him as the world number one.[71] This was O'Sullivan's first ever defeat in a World Championship final.[72]

O'Sullivan said "I want to congratulate Mark on a fantastic tournament. He's been the best player over 17 days, that was tough he had me in all sorts of trouble. In the end I was numb as he was too strong and tough."[73] Selby dedicated the title to his late father, who died two months before he turned professional.[74]

Prize fund[edit]

The total prize money of the event was raised to £1,214,000 from the previous year's £1,111,000. The winner prize money was raised to £300,000, which was the highest winner's prize in the history of snooker.[75] The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[76]

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).[77][78][79][80] The draw for the first round took place on 17 April 2014, one day after the qualifying, and was broadcast live on World Snooker's YouTube channel at 12 pm BST.[81]

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            
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
 Finland Robin Hull  4  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
20 & 21 April
   England Joe Perry (16)  11  
 England Joe Perry (16)  10
29 & 30 April
 Scotland Jamie Burnett  7  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
19 & 20 April
   England Shaun Murphy (9)  3  
 England Shaun Murphy (9)  10
27 & 28 April
 England Jamie Cope  9  
 England Shaun Murphy (9)  13
22 & 23 April
   Hong Kong Marco Fu (8)  8  
 Hong Kong Marco Fu (8)  10
1 & 2 May
 England Martin Gould  7  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  17
22 & 23 April
   England Barry Hawkins (5)  7
 England Barry Hawkins (5)  10
25 & 26 April
 England David Gilbert  4  
 England Barry Hawkins (5)  13
21 & 22 April
   England Ricky Walden (12)  11  
 England Ricky Walden (12)  10
29 & 30 April
 England Kyren Wilson  7  
 England Barry Hawkins (5)  13
23 & 24 April
   Wales Dominic Dale  12  
 England Mark Davis (13)  5
26, 27 & 28 April
 Wales Dominic Dale  10  
 Wales Dominic Dale  13
20 & 21 April
   England Michael Wasley  4  
 China Ding Junhui (4)  9
 England Michael Wasley  10  
21 April            
 England Mark Selby (3)  10
24 & 25 April
 Wales Michael White  9  
 England Mark Selby (3)  13
19 & 20 April
   England Ali Carter (14)  9  
 England Ali Carter (14)  10
29 & 30 April
 China Xiao Guodong  8  
 England Mark Selby (3)  13
21 & 22 April
   Scotland Alan McManus  5  
 Scotland John Higgins (11)  7
25 & 26 April
 Scotland Alan McManus  10  
 Scotland Alan McManus  13
19 & 20 April
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  8  
 England Stuart Bingham (6)  5
1, 2 & 3 May
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  10  
 England Mark Selby (3)  17
22 & 23 April
   Australia Neil Robertson (2)  15
 England Judd Trump (7)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
 England Tom Ford  8  
 England Judd Trump (7)  13
19 & 20 April
   Wales Ryan Day  7  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (10)  9
29 & 30 April
 Wales Ryan Day  10  
 England Judd Trump (7)  11
22 & 23 April
   Australia Neil Robertson (2)  13  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (15)  10
27 & 28 April
 England Michael Holt  4  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (15)  7
23 & 24 April
   Australia Neil Robertson (2)  13  
 Australia Neil Robertson (2)  10
 England Robbie Williams  2  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 4 & 5 May. Referee: Brendan Moore.[82][83]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)
England England
14–18 Mark Selby (3)
 England
77–0, 64–26, 102–0, 28–69, 47–68, 80–8, 36–72, 66–54, 99–24, 70–47, 67–27, 25–82, 45–96, 131–0, 85–0, 10–84, 9–78, 35–81, 23–77, 7–84, 29–89, 76–38, 67–70, 100–0, 24–67, 39–64, 4–90, 79–0, 66–47, 0–131, 14–87, 56–62 Century breaks: 4 (O'Sullivan 3, Selby 1)
Highest break by O'Sullivan: 131
Highest break by Selby: 127
77–0, 64–26, 102–0, 28–69, 47–68, 80–8, 36–72, 66–54, 99–24, 70–47, 67–27, 25–82, 45–96, 131–0, 85–0, 10–84, 9–78, 35–81, 23–77, 7–84, 29–89, 76–38, 67–70, 100–0, 24–67, 39–64, 4–90, 79–0, 66–47, 0–131, 14–87, 56–62
England Mark Selby wins the 2014 Dafabet World Snooker Championship

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying rounds 1–3 for the tournament took place between 8 and 13 April 2014 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England. The final round of qualifying took place on 15 and 16 April 2014 at the same venue.[84][85][86] The qualifying stage of the World Championship was the first snooker event held at the venue.[87]

  Round 1
Best of 19 frames
Round 2
Best of 19 frames
Round 3
Best of 19 frames
Round 4
Best of 19 frames
                                     
China  Zhang Anda 10   Thailand  Dechawat Poomjaeng 10
Wales  Andrew Pagett 2   China  Zhang Anda 8     Thailand  Dechawat Poomjaeng 10     Republic of Ireland  Ken Doherty 10
England  Craig Steadman 10   England  Steve Davis 8   England  Craig Steadman 6     Thailand  Dechawat Poomjaeng 5
Wales  Jak Jones 7   England  Craig Steadman 10
England  Liam Highfield 10   England  Jimmy Robertson 10
Libya  Khaled Belaid Abumdas 2   England  Liam Highfield 7     England  Jimmy Robertson 10     England  David Gilbert 10
Thailand  Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 10   Scotland  Anthony McGill 10   Scotland  Anthony McGill 9     England  Jimmy Robertson 6
England  Sanderson Lam 8   Thailand  Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 7
England  Barry Pinches 10   England  Alfie Burden 10
England  Hammad Miah 3   England  Barry Pinches 4     England  Alfie Burden 3     Scotland  Graeme Dott 7
England  Kyren Wilson 10   England  Rod Lawler 3   England  Kyren Wilson 10     England  Kyren Wilson 10
England  Chris Norbury 6   England  Kyren Wilson 10
England  Martin O'Donnell 10   England  Andrew Higginson 10
England  Shane Castle 1   England  Martin O'Donnell 5     England  Andrew Higginson 10     Wales  Dominic Dale 10
Wales  Daniel Wells 10   Norway  Kurt Maflin 10   Norway  Kurt Maflin 3     England  Andrew Higginson 6
England  Ryan Clark 9   Wales  Daniel Wells 7
England  Jamie O'Neill 9   England  Peter Lines 10
China  Cao Xinlong 10   China  Cao Xinlong 9     England  Peter Lines 8     Wales  Mark Williams 8
England  Paul Davison 10   Scotland  Alan McManus 10   Scotland  Alan McManus 10     Scotland  Alan McManus 10
England  Chris Wakelin 9   England  Paul Davison 2
Scotland  Michael Leslie 6   India  Aditya Mehta 10
England  Christopher Keogan 10   England  Christopher Keogan 4     India  Aditya Mehta 5     England  Michael Holt 10
England  Joel Walker 10   Wales  Jamie Jones 10   Wales  Jamie Jones 10     Wales  Jamie Jones 6
England  Allan Taylor 8   England  Joel Walker 9
Thailand  James Wattana 9   Scotland  Marcus Campbell 4
Malta  Alex Borg 10   Malta  Alex Borg 10     Malta  Alex Borg 7     England  Mark King 7
England  Sam Baird 9   England  Jamie Cope 10   England  Jamie Cope 10     England  Jamie Cope 10
England  John Astley 10   England  John Astley 2
England  Gary Wilson 4   England  Tom Ford 10
England  James Cahill 10   England  James Cahill 6     England  Tom Ford 10     Wales  Matthew Stevens 8
Belgium  Luca Brecel 10   China  Yu Delu 7   Belgium  Luca Brecel 1     England  Tom Ford 10
England  Lee Page 8   Belgium  Luca Brecel 10
China  Chen Zhe 10   England  Mark Joyce 10
England  Antony Parsons 8   China  Chen Zhe 8     England  Mark Joyce 6     England  Robert Milkins 9
England  Michael Wasley 10   England  Rory McLeod 6   England  Michael Wasley 10     England  Michael Wasley 10
England  Sydney Wilson 9   England  Michael Wasley 10
England  Robbie Williams 10   China  Liu Chuang 5
China  Lyu Haotian 8   England  Robbie Williams 10     England  Robbie Williams 10     Republic of Ireland  Fergal O'Brien 9
China  Li Hang 10   India  Pankaj Advani 10   India  Pankaj Advani 7     England  Robbie Williams 10
Thailand  Ratchayothin Yotharuck 5   China  Li Hang 9
Malta  Tony Drago 3   China  Tian Pengfei 6
Finland  Robin Hull 10   Finland  Robin Hull 10     Finland  Robin Hull 10     England  Peter Ebdon 8
England  Ian Burns 10   England  Jimmy White 4   England  Ian Burns 4     Finland  Robin Hull 10
Scotland  Fraser Patrick 6   England  Ian Burns 10
England  Sean O'Sullivan 9   England  Martin Gould 10
England  Mitchell Travis 10   England  Mitchell Travis 1     England  Martin Gould 10     China  Liang Wenbo 7
England  Adam Duffy 4   Northern Ireland  Gerard Greene 8   Brazil  Igor Figueiredo 1     England  Martin Gould 10
Brazil  Igor Figueiredo 10   Brazil  Igor Figueiredo 10
Thailand  Noppon Saengkham 9   Scotland  Jamie Burnett 10
Australia  Vinnie Calabrese 10   Australia  Vinnie Calabrese 4     Scotland  Jamie Burnett 10     England  Ben Woollaston 8
Scotland  Scott Donaldson 10   China  Cao Yupeng 10   China  Cao Yupeng 8     Scotland  Jamie Burnett 10
Qatar  Ahmed Saif 6   Scotland  Scott Donaldson 5
England  Stuart Carrington 10   England  Jack Lisowski 7
England  Andrew Norman 5   England  Stuart Carrington 10     England  Stuart Carrington 10     Wales  Ryan Day 10
England  David Grace 6   England  Nigel Bond 10   England  Nigel Bond 5     England  Stuart Carrington 5
Scotland  Ross Muir 10   Scotland  Ross Muir 5
England  Mike Dunn 2   England  Matthew Selt 10
Scotland  Rhys Clark 10   Scotland  Rhys Clark 6     England  Matthew Selt 10     Wales  Michael White 10
Republic of Ireland  David Morris 7   Thailand  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10   Thailand  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 2     England  Matthew Selt 7
Switzerland  Alexander Ursenbacher 10   Switzerland  Alexander Ursenbacher 5
England  Alex Davies 7   England  Anthony Hamilton 7
Northern Ireland  Joe Swail 10   Northern Ireland  Joe Swail 10     Northern Ireland  Joe Swail 8     China  Xiao Guodong 10
China  Li Yan 10   England  Dave Harold 3   China  Li Yan 10     China  Li Yan 1
England  Elliot Slessor 5   China  Li Yan 10

Century breaks[edit]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

There were 69 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship:[88]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

There were 58 century breaks in the televised stage of the World Championship.[89] For every century break that were made during the 17-day championship in Sheffield, the title sponsor, Dafabet, donated £100 to World Snooker’s official charity, the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.[90]

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