2003 European Open (snooker)

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European Open
Tournament information
Dates11–16 March 2003
VenuePalace Hotel
CityTorquay
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£250,000
Winner's share£44,000
Final
ChampionEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-upScotland Stephen Hendry
Score9–6
2001
2004

The 2003 European Open was a professional snooker tournament and the fifth of eight WPBSA ranking events in the 2002/2003 season, following the Welsh Open. It was held from 11 to 16 March 2003 at the Palace Hotel in Torquay, England. This marked the first and only time when any of the editions of this tournament was not held outside the British Isles. Ronnie O'Sullivan won his 12th ranking title by defeating Stephen Hendry 9–6 in the final. O'Sullivan went on to win back-to-back ranking titles – his next coming at the 2003 Irish Masters, just two weeks later, where he triumphed over John Higgins in a deciding frame.

Tournament summary[edit]

Defending champion Stephen Hendry was the number 1 seed with World Champion Peter Ebdon seeded 2. The remaining places were allocated to players based on the world rankings.

Main draw[edit]

Last 32
Best of 9 frames
Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
               
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
England Dave Harold 3
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
12 Scotland Graeme Dott 4
12 Scotland Graeme Dott 5
Malta Tony Drago 3
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
5 Scotland John Higgins 2
10 England Jimmy White 3
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 5
Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 4
5 Scotland John Higgins 5
5 Scotland John Higgins 5
England Barry Pinches 1
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
4 Wales Mark Williams 3
6 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 5
England David Gray 1
6 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 3
9 England Paul Hunter 5
9 England Paul Hunter 5
Finland Robin Hull 2
9 England Paul Hunter 2
4 Wales Mark Williams 5
15 Scotland Alan McManus 1
Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 5
Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 1
4 Wales Mark Williams 5
4 Wales Mark Williams 5
England Steve Davis 1
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry 6
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
England Michael Holt 3
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
England Dave Finbow 3
13 England Joe Perry 4
England Dave Finbow 5
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 5
7 England Stephen Lee 2
14 Australia Quinten Hann 5
Scotland Jamie Burnett 4
14 Australia Quinten Hann 3
7 England Stephen Lee 5
7 England Stephen Lee 5
England Robert Milkins 4
3 England Ronnie O'Sullivan 6
2 England Peter Ebdon 3
8 Wales Matthew Stevens 5
England Ian McCulloch 1
8 Wales Matthew Stevens 3
11 England Mark King 5
11 England Mark King 5
England David Roe 3
11 England Mark King 4
2 England Peter Ebdon 5
16 Northern Ireland Joe Swail 5
England Mark Davis 4
16 Northern Ireland Joe Swail 2
2 England Peter Ebdon 5
2 England Peter Ebdon 5
Hong Kong Marco Fu 2

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Netherlands Jan Verhaas.
Palace Hotel, Torquay, England, 16 March 2003.
Stephen Hendry (1)
 Scotland
6–9 Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)
 England
Afternoon: 0–140 (140), 100–11, 101–7 (101), 0–76 (76), 5–65 (52), 3–131 (126), 8–76 (76), 88–33 (88)
Evening: 0–142 (142), 97–25 (53), 123–1 (117), 0–77 (77), 72–37 (72), 50–79 (Hendry 50), 0–79 (79)
117 Highest break 142
2 Century breaks 3
6 50+ breaks 8

Century breaks[edit]

References[edit]