2010 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 17 April – 3 May 2010
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 Scotland Graeme Dott (146)
Northern Ireland Mark Allen (146)
Final
Champion Australia Neil Robertson
Runner-up Scotland Graeme Dott
Score 18–13
2009
2011

The 2010 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2010 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17 April and 4 May 2010 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

John Higgins, who entered the tournament as the defending champion, lost in the second round 11–13 against Steve Davis.

In the semi-finals, Neil Robertson defeated Ali Carter 17–12 and Graeme Dott beat Mark Selby 17–14. Robertson won the final 18–13, becoming the first Australian in the modern era to win the title. Ivan Speck of the Daily Mail said that if "it not been the world championship final, it would have been unwatchable", further expanding that "it was unbearable".[1] The tournament was sponsored by online casino Betfred.com.

Tournament summary[edit]

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

  • Steve Davis defeated defending champion John Higgins 13–11. With this he reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the first time since 2005, and became the oldest player to reach the quarter-finals since Eddie Charlton in 1983.[7]
  • In the same match Higgins made his 100th century break at the Crucible, becoming only the second player after Stephen Hendry to reach this milestone. It was a break of 115 and it came in the 18th frame of the match.[8]
  • Meanwhile, Neil Robertson came back from 0–6 and 5–11 to defeat Martin Gould 13–12.[9]
  • Mark Allen made the first 146 break in the history of the Crucible during his match against Mark Davis.[10]

25th anniversary rematch of the 1985 final[edit]

  • Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor played a one-frame exhibition match on 29 April, marking the 25th anniversary of the 1985 World Championship final which saw Taylor defeat Davis 18–17 on the final black.[11]
  • In the re-creation, all but one of their attempts to recreate missed shots on black failed, which means the black was potted on each occasion and Taylor's attempt to recreate the frame-winning ball also went wrong.[12]

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

  • Before the start of the final it was announced that provisional world No. 1 John Higgins had been suspended by the WPBSA following a News of the World story alleging that he had agreed to lose frames in future tournaments in return for money.[16][17][18][19]
  • The final was between Scot Graeme Dott and Australian Neil Robertson, marking the first time since 2003 that no English player appeared in the final.[15]
  • Robertson won the title, having defeated only one top sixteen player during the tournament. In the first round he beat Fergal O'Brien (No. 31), in the second round Martin Gould (No. 46), in the quarter-final Steve Davis (No. 23) and in the final he beat Graeme Dott (No. 28). Robertson's only match with a top-sixteen player was in the semi-finals, where he beat Ali Carter (No. 5) decisively.
  • Robertson became the first Australian to win the title in the modern era, and only the second after Horace Lindrum, who won the controversial 1952 championship.[20] Robertson also became the first player from outside Britain and Ireland to win the title since Cliff Thorburn in 1980 and the first non-British player to win the title since Ken Doherty in 1997.[21]
  • Robertson hoped his win would help lift the low profile of snooker in his home country,[22] a prospect supported by a number of local sports promoters.[23]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[24][25]

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).[26][27][28] The draw for the televised stage of the World Championship was made on Thursday, 11 March at 11 am BST.[29]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
17 April[30]            
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  10
22, 23 & 24 April[31]
 England Barry Hawkins  6  
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  11
19 & 20 April[32]
   England Steve Davis  13  
 England Mark King (16)  9
27 & 28 April[33]
 England Steve Davis  10  
 England Steve Davis  5
20 & 21 April[34]
   Australia Neil Robertson (9)  13  
 Australia Neil Robertson (9)  10
23 & 24 April[35]
 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien  5  
 Australia Neil Robertson (9)  13
18 & 19 April[36]
   England Martin Gould  12  
 Hong Kong Marco Fu (8)  9
29, 30 April & 1 May[37]
 England Martin Gould  10  
 Australia Neil Robertson (9)  17
18 & 19 April[38]
   England Ali Carter (5)  12
 England Ali Carter (5)  10
24, 25 & 26 April[39]
 England Jamie Cope  4  
 England Ali Carter (5)  13
17 & 18 April[40]
   England Joe Perry (12)  11  
 England Joe Perry (12)  10
27 & 28 April[41]
 England Michael Holt  4  
 England Ali Carter (5)  13
20 & 21 April[42]
   England Shaun Murphy (4)  12  
 China Ding Junhui (13)  10
25 & 26 April[43]
 England Stuart Pettman  1  
 China Ding Junhui (13)  10
21 & 22 April[44]
   England Shaun Murphy (4)  13  
 England Shaun Murphy (4)  10
 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene  7  
21 & 22 April[45]            
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (3)  10
23 & 24 April[46]
 England Stephen Lee  4  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (3)  6
20 & 21 April[47]
   Scotland Graeme Dott  13  
 England Peter Ebdon (14)  5
27 & 28 April[48]
 Scotland Graeme Dott  10  
 Scotland Graeme Dott  13
17 & 18 April[49]
   Northern Ireland Mark Allen (11)  12  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (11)  10
22 & 23 April[50]
 England Tom Ford  4  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (11)  13
20 & 21 April[51]
   England Mark Davis  5  
 Wales Ryan Day (6)  8
29, 30 April & 1 May[52]
 England Mark Davis  10  
 Scotland Graeme Dott  17
17 & 18 April[53]
   England Mark Selby (7)  14
 England Mark Selby (7)  10
25 & 26 April[54]
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  4  
 England Mark Selby (7)  13
17 & 18 April[55]
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (10)  5  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (10)  10
27 & 28 April[56]
 China Zhang Anda  9  
 England Mark Selby (7)  13
19 April[57]
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  11  
 Wales Mark Williams (15)  10
24, 25 & 26 April[58]
 Scotland Marcus Campbell  5  
 Wales Mark Williams (15)  10
19 & 20 April[59]
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  13  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  10
 China Liang Wenbo  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2 & 3 May 2010.[60][61] Referee: Eirian Williams.[62]
Neil Robertson (9)
 Australia
18–13 Graeme Dott
 Scotland
10–87, 65–55, 1–93, 35–62, 68–56, 62–56, 24–73, 47–74, 66–5, 90–6, 79–72, 79–53, 52–11, 4–71, 27–70, 113–23, 23–87, 69–56, 82–1, 31–66, 89–12, 2–116, 12–81, 116–13, 36–72, 69–15, 63–49, 53–78, 74–23, 58–10, 94–1 Century breaks: 1 (Dott)

Highest break by Robertson: 90
Highest break by Dott: 112

10–87, 65–55, 1–93, 35–62, 68–56, 62–56, 24–73, 47–74, 66–5, 90–6, 79–72, 79–53, 52–11, 4–71, 27–70, 113–23, 23–87, 69–56, 82–1, 31–66, 89–12, 2–116, 12–81, 116–13, 36–72, 69–15, 63–49, 53–78, 74–23, 58–10, 94–1
Australia Neil Robertson wins the 2010 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifying[edit]

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place on 26 February 2010 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. (WPBSA members not on The Tour.)[63][64][65]

Round 1

England Les Dodd 5–0 England Philip Minchin
England Paul Wykes 5–1 England David Taylor
India David Singh 5–2 England Colin Mitchell
England Ali Bassiri 1–5 England Neil Selman
England Barry West w/o–w/d England Christopher Flight
England Del Smith 5–2 England Phil Seaton
England Bill Oliver 1–5 England Nic Barrow
England Stephen Ormerod 5–4 England Paul Cavney

Round 2

England Les Dodd 2–5 England Paul Wykes
India David Singh 5–3 England Neil Selman
England Barry West 1–5 England Del Smith
England Nic Barrow 5–0 England Stephen Ormerod

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying rounds 1–4 for the tournament took place between 27 February and 5 March 2010 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The final round of qualifying took place between 7 and 9 March 2010 at the same venue.[63][64][65]

Round 1

Thailand James Wattana 10–6 England Paul Wykes
Wales Michael White 10–4 India David Singh
Northern Ireland Jordan Brown 10–7 England Del Smith
Republic of Ireland Brendan O'Donoghue 10–8 England Nic Barrow

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 Lee Page 6   England Peter Lines 8   Scotland Marcus Campbell 10   Wales Matthew Stevens 9
Thailand James Wattana 10   Thailand James Wattana 10   Thailand James Wattana 5   Scotland Marcus Campbell 10
England Matthew Selt 10   England Barry Pinches 10   England Mark Davis 10   England Dave Harold 7
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 8   England Matthew Selt 8   England Barry Pinches 7   England Mark Davis 10
England Stephen Rowlings 6   Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10   England Adrian Gunnell 10   England Steve Davis 10
England Sam Baird 10   England Sam Baird 0   Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 7   England Adrian Gunnell 4
England Lee Spick 8   Wales Paul Davies 10   Scotland Alan McManus 10   Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 10
England Joe Jogia 10   England Joe Jogia 7   Wales Paul Davies 9   Scotland Alan McManus 4
Thailand Noppadol Sangnil 10   England Rod Lawler 10   Wales Dominic Dale 5   China Liang Wenbo 10
Wales Michael White 9   Thailand Noppadol Sangnil 7   England Rod Lawler 10   England Rod Lawler 2
Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10   England Dave Gilbert 6   England Martin Gould 10   England Nigel Bond 4
Northern Ireland Jordan Brown 9   Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10   Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 8   England Martin Gould 10
Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 7   England Jimmy White 10   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 10   Northern Ireland Joe Swail 1
Scotland Mark Boyle 10   Scotland Mark Boyle 8   England Jimmy White 3   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 10
China Li Hang 9   England Tom Ford 10   England Anthony Hamilton 6   England Judd Trump 3
Republic of Ireland David Hogan 10   Republic of Ireland David Hogan 3   England Tom Ford 10   England Tom Ford 10
China Xiao Guodong 9   China Liu Song 7   England Ian McCulloch 10   England Barry Hawkins 10
Malta Tony Drago 10   Malta Tony Drago 10   Malta Tony Drago 6   England Ian McCulloch 7
England Chris Norbury 4   Republic of Ireland David Morris 10   Scotland Jamie Burnett 6   England Michael Holt 10
China Mei Xiwen 10   China Mei Xiwen 8   Republic of Ireland David Morris 10   Republic of Ireland David Morris 6
England Craig Steadman 4   England John Parrott 6   England Andrew Higginson 8   England Ricky Walden 8
China Zhang Anda 10   China Zhang Anda 10   China Zhang Anda 10   China Zhang Anda 10
England Matthew Couch 8   China Jin Long 10   England Rory McLeod 10   Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 10
Republic of Ireland Brendan O'Donoghue 10   Republic of Ireland Brendan O'Donoghue 6   China Jin Long 3   England Rory McLeod 9
England Ben Woollaston 10   England David Roe 10   England Stuart Pettman 10   England Stuart Bingham 2
England Andrew Norman 5   England Ben Woollaston 9   England David Roe 6   England Stuart Pettman 10
Thailand Atthasit Mahitthi 4   England Mark Joyce 10   Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 8   England Jamie Cope 10
England Jimmy Robertson 10   England Jimmy Robertson 9   England Mark Joyce 10   England Mark Joyce 5
England Simon Bedford 10   England Robert Milkins 10   England Mike Dunn 10   England Stephen Lee 10
Wales Ian Preece 4   England Simon Bedford 6   England Robert Milkins 8   England Mike Dunn 2
Wales Daniel Wells 7   England Andy Hicks 7   England Jimmy Michie 10   Scotland Graeme Dott 10
England David Gray 10   England David Gray 10   England David Gray 2   England Jimmy Michie 5

Century breaks[edit]

[66]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

There were 60 centuries in the televised stage of the World Championship.[67]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

There were 50 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship:

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