1994 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates16 April–2 May 1994
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,068,000
Winner's share£180,000
Highest breakScotland Alan McManus (143)
Final
ChampionScotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-upEngland Jimmy White
Score18–17
1993
1995

The 1994 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1994 Embassy World Snooker Championship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 16 April and 2 May 1994 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Stephen Hendry won his fourth world title by defeating Jimmy White 18–17 in the final. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Overview[edit]

  • Stephen Hendry won his third consecutive world title and his fourth in five years. This was a more remarkable achievement as he played all matches except the first round with a broken elbow.[1]
  • This was Jimmy White's fifth consecutive final appearance, his fourth against Hendry, and his sixth overall. The match went to a deciding frame. White got the first chance, but missed a black off the spot and Hendry cleared up to clinch the title. This was White's last appearance in a world championship final and the closest he ever came to winning the tournament.
  • Earlier in the tournament, Hendry guaranteed that he would remain world number 1 with a 16–9 semi-final victory over Steve Davis.[2] This was Davis' eleventh and last appearance in a World Championship semi-final.
  • Two-time world champion Alex Higgins qualified for the championship for the last time, and was beaten 10–6 in the first round by Ken Doherty.[3]
  • An 18-year-old Ronnie O'Sullivan knocked out 1985 champion Dennis Taylor, who was also making his final world championship appearance, beating him 10–6 in round one. This was also O'Sullivan's first match win at the crucible after he lost in the first round on his debut the previous year.
  • Another former champion, Cliff Thorburn, who was also making his final world championship appearance, lost 10–9 in the first round to Nigel Bond after leading 9–2.[2]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[4][5][6]

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).[4][5][7][8][9]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
16 April            
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  10
21 & 22 April
 England Surinder Gill  1  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  13
16 & 17 April
   England Dave Harold  2  
 England David Roe (16)  8
26 & 27 April
 England Dave Harold  10  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  13
17 & 18 April
   England Nigel Bond (9)  8  
 England Nigel Bond (9)  10
22 & 23 April
 Canada Cliff Thorburn  9  
 England Nigel Bond (9)  13
18 & 19 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths (8)  8  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (8)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 England Mark Davis  7  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  16
19 April
   England Steve Davis (4)  9
 Thailand James Wattana (5)  10
24 & 25 April
 England Peter Ebdon  6  
 Thailand James Wattana (5)  13
20 & 21 April
   England Brian Morgan  9  
 England Martin Clark (12)  9
26 & 27 April
 England Brian Morgan  10  
 Thailand James Wattana (5)  9
17 & 18 April
   England Steve Davis (4)  13  
 England Steve James (13)  10
23 & 24 April
 England Les Dodd  9  
 England Steve James (13)  3
20 April
   England Steve Davis (4)  13  
 England Steve Davis (4)  10
 New Zealand Dene O'Kane  3  
16 & 17 April            
 England Jimmy White (3)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
 Scotland Billy Snaddon  6  
 England Jimmy White (3)  13
20 & 21 April
   England Neal Foulds (14)  10  
 England Neal Foulds (14)  10
26 & 27 April
 Wales Anthony Davies  7  
 England Jimmy White (3)  13
18 April
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (11)  10  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (11)  10
22 & 23 April
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins  6  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (11)  13
19 & 20 April
   Scotland Alan McManus (6)  11  
 Scotland Alan McManus (6)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien  7  
 England Jimmy White (3)  16
19 & 20 April
   Wales Darren Morgan (10)  8
 England Willie Thorne (7)  10
24 & 25 April
 England Gary Ponting  2  
 England Willie Thorne (7)  12
18 & 19 April
   Wales Darren Morgan (10)  13  
 Wales Darren Morgan (10)  10
26 & 27 April
 England Mark King  5  
 Wales Darren Morgan (10)  13
16 April
   England John Parrott (2)  11  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (15)  6
21 & 22 April
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan  10  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan  3
17 April
   England John Parrott (2)  13  
 England John Parrott (2)  10
 Scotland Drew Henry  9  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1 & 2 May 1994. Referee: John Williams[10]
Stephen Hendry (1)
 Scotland
18–17 Jimmy White (3)
 England
7–94, 64–52, 89–0, 68–21, 93–24, 76–0, 1–85, 68–70, 42–85, 29–72, 15–110, 37–84, 71–54, 59–60, 94–27, 15–64, 71–26, 89–0, 0–77, 25–69, 73–4, 88–13, 53–64, 72–34, 56–61, 68–31, 66–34, 67–34, 0–116, 72–39, 66–71, 66–67, 68–0, 0–85, 82–37 Century breaks: 1 (White 1)

Highest break by Hendry: 89
Highest break by White: 116

7–94, 64–52, 89–0, 68–21, 93–24, 76–0, 1–85, 68–70, 42–85, 29–72, 15–110, 37–84, 71–54, 59–60, 94–27, 15–64, 71–26, 89–0, 0–77, 25–69, 73–4, 88–13, 53–64, 72–34, 56–61, 68–31, 66–34, 67–34, 0–116, 72–39, 66–71, 66–67, 68–0, 0–85, 82–37
Scotland Stephen Hendry wins the 1994 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 35 century breaks in the Championship, a joint record with the 1993 tournament. The highest break of the tournament was 143 made by Alan McManus.[11][12] The highest break of the qualifying stage was 143 made by Karl Payne.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Snooker / World Championship: Hendry holds nerve to deny White again: Champion staggers rather than swaggers on to equal Davis's record of winning title for third successive year at The Crucible
  2. ^ a b 1994: Hendry beats White in classic
  3. ^ Alex Higgins, snooker's anti-hero, dies aged 61
  4. ^ a b c "World Championship 1994". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  5. ^ a b "1994 Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship". Snooker.org. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  6. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  7. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  8. ^ "1994 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 38–39.
  10. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  11. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 148.

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