2011 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
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Tournament information
Dates 16 April–2 May 2011
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 China Ding Junhui (138)
England Mark King (138)
Final
Champion Scotland John Higgins
Runner-up England Judd Trump
Score 18–15
2010
2012

The 2011 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2011 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 16 April and 2 May 2011 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. It was the 35th consecutive year that the World Snooker Championship had been held at the Crucible and was the last ranking event of the 2010/2011 season. The event was organised by the WPBSA and had a prize fund of £1,111,000. The tournament was sponsored by Betfred.com.

Neil Robertson was the defending champion, but lost 8–10 against Judd Trump in the first round. Trump became the youngest player since 1990 to reach the final where he lost to John Higgins. This was Higgins' fourth world title, becoming only the fourth man to win four or more championships. Ding Junhui meanwhile became the first player from China to reach the semi-finals. Mark King and Ding Junhui made the highest breaks at the Cruicble with 138; while James Wattana compiled the highest break of the tournament during qualifying with 141.

An audience of 3.93 million viewers watched the final session in Great Britain with 2.03 million watching the third session of the final.[1] The second and fourth sessions of the final was the most watched programme on BBC Two for their particular weeks. Viewing figures on the BBC peaked at 6.6 million viewers. The figure of 3.9 million who watched the final session was up 50% on the year before. It was estimated that nearly half of the UK population watched the tournament at some point. In China, Ding Junhui's semi-final had an average watch of 19.4 million with a peak audience of 30 million over seven television networks.[2] A record number of fans bought tickets, with the last four days and other sessions sold out with sales up 15% on 2010.[3]

Tournament summary[edit]

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

  • Mark Selby made three records in his 13–4 victory over Stephen Hendry.[16] Selby became the first snooker player to compile six century breaks at a World Championship match in the Crucible.[17][18][19] This was also a record for a best of 25 frame match and took the number of Selby's century breaks in the season to 54, a record previously held by Hendry.[18][20]
  • Ding Junhui came back from 9–12 to defeat Stuart Bingham 13–12. Ding qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the first time in his career.[21]

Quarter-finals[edit]

  • Mark Williams defeated Mark Allen 13–5 to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time since 2003, when he won his second world title.[22]
  • Judd Trump, rated an 80–1 outsider at the beginning of the tournament, defeated previous year's runner up Graeme Dott 13–5 to reach the semi-finals.[23][24]
  • Ding Junhui won his match 13–10 against Mark Selby to become the third player from Asia and the first from China to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship.[25][26] As a result of Selby's exit from the tournament Williams became the new world number one after the event.[26]

Semi-finals[edit]

  • Judd Trump defeated Ding Junhui 17–15 in an absorbing match to become the second youngest player, after Stephen Hendry in 1990, to reach the final of the World Championship.[27] Trump also reached his second consecutive ranking final after winning the China Open at the start of the month.[28] In China, the second session of the match drew a peak audience of nearly 30 million viewers and averaging over 19 million, with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association claiming it was the highest rated sports programme of 2011 up to that point;[29] however, the Women's Tennis Association claimed that the women's singles final of the Australian Open held earlier in the year drew an audience of 60 million viewers on Chinese television.[30][31]
  • Mark Williams won the first session 5–3, and could maintain his advantage after the second session, which ended 4–4. John Higgins then won six of the next eight frames, to lead 13–11. Higgins won the match 17–14 to reach his third final in five years.[32] During the 28th frame Higgins was heckled by a member of the audience, "How did you swallow that £300,000, John? ... You're a disgrace to snooker." in reference to the News of the World allegations the previous year, for which the heckler was later ejected from the venue.[33][34]

Final[edit]

  • Ted Lowe, BBC commentator for many years and the deviser of the long-running snooker programme Pot Black, died at the age of 90 on the morning of 1 May. Before the start of the final that day, a minute's applause in honour of Lowe took place.[35]
  • The referee of the final was Jan Verhaas, who refereed his fourth World Championship final.[36][37]
  • There was a small format change with sessions of 8, 9, 8 and 10 frames rather than 8, 8, 8 and 11.[citation needed]
  • After the first session was tied at four frames all, Trump won the second session 6–3 to take a 10–7 lead into the second day's play.[38][39] Higgins took a 13–12 lead after the third session of the final, which he won 6–2.[40] The score levelled at fourteen frames all, but Higgins won four of the last five frames to win the match 18–15. Higgins won his 24th ranking title and became only the fourth player to win the World Championship four times in the modern era after Ray Reardon, Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry.[41]
  • The highest break of the tournament was 138 made by both Mark King and Ding Junhui. This was the first time that the highest break of the tournament was lower than 140 since 1987, when it was 127 made by Steve Davis.[42]

Prize fund[edit]

In an effort of World Snooker to cut costs there was no separate prize money for a maximum break. In previous years the prize money for this achievement was £147,000.[43] For the 2011 tournament there was a £1,111,000 prize fund with the winner receiving £250,000. The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[44][45][46]

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).[47][48][49][50] The draw for the first round took place on 21 March 2011, one day after the Players Tour Championship Finals.[4][51]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
16 April            
 Australia Neil Robertson (1)  8
21, 22 & 23 April
 England Judd Trump  10  
 England Judd Trump  13
19 & 20 April
   England Martin Gould  6  
 Hong Kong Marco Fu (16)  8
26 & 27 April
 England Martin Gould  10  
 England Judd Trump  13
19 & 20 April
   Scotland Graeme Dott (9)  5  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (9)  10
22 & 23 April
 England Mark King  7  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (9)  13
16 & 17 April
   England Ali Carter (8)  11  
 England Ali Carter (8)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 England Dave Harold  3  
 England Judd Trump  17
17 & 18 April
   China Ding Junhui (5)  15
 China Ding Junhui (5)  10
24 & 25 April
 Scotland Jamie Burnett  2  
 China Ding Junhui (5)  13
18 & 19 April
   England Stuart Bingham  12  
 England Peter Ebdon (12)  8
26 & 27 April
 England Stuart Bingham  10  
 China Ding Junhui (5)  13
17 & 18 April
   England Mark Selby (4)  10  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (13)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
 England Joe Perry  9  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (13)  4
20 & 21 April
   England Mark Selby (4)  13  
 England Mark Selby (4)  10
 England Jimmy Robertson  1  
16 & 17 April            
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  10
21 & 22 April
 Wales Ryan Day  5  
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  13
16 & 17 April
   England Jamie Cope (14)  4  
 England Jamie Cope (14)  10
26 & 27 April
 Wales Andrew Pagett  7  
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  13
19 & 20 April
   Northern Ireland Mark Allen (11)  5  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (11)  10
22 & 23 April
 Wales Matthew Stevens  9  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (11)  13
18 April
   England Barry Hawkins  12  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (6)  9
28, 29 & 30 April
 England Barry Hawkins  10  
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  14
16 & 17 April
   Scotland John Higgins (2)  17
 England Shaun Murphy (7)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
 Scotland Marcus Campbell  1  
 England Shaun Murphy (7)  10
18 & 19 April
   England Ronnie O'Sullivan (10)  13  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (10)  10
26 & 27 April
 Wales Dominic Dale  2  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (10)  10
19 & 20 April
   Scotland John Higgins (2)  13  
 England Ricky Walden (15)  6
24 & 25 April
 England Rory McLeod  10  
 England Rory McLeod  7
20 & 21 April
   Scotland John Higgins (2)  13  
 Scotland John Higgins (2)  10
 England Stephen Lee  5  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1 & 2 May 2011. Referee: Jan Verhaas.[52]
Judd Trump
 England
15–18 John Higgins (2)
 Scotland
64–19, 76–1, 38–73, 54–75, 5–115, 113–0, 68–69, 56–19, 20–64, 67–45, 68–0, 127–0, 38–63, 25–64, 77–18, 60–9, 69–36, 8–64, 113–0, 0–97, 99–0, 55–65, 35–93, 1–113, 8–77, 38–66, 78–0, 60–38, 52–64, 35–65, 75–52, 44–64, 61–62 Century breaks: 4 (Trump 3, Higgins 1)

Highest break by Trump: 104
Highest break by Higgins: 113

64–19, 76–1, 38–73, 54–75, 5–115, 113–0, 68–69, 56–19, 20–64, 67–45, 68–0, 127–0, 38–63, 25–64, 77–18, 60–9, 69–36, 8–64, 113–0, 0–97, 99–0, 55–65, 35–93, 1–113, 8–77, 38–66, 78–0, 60–38, 52–64, 35–65, 75–52, 44–64, 61–62
Scotland John Higgins wins the 2011 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifying[edit]

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place on 3 March 2011 at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield. (WPBSA members not on The Tour.)[53][54][55][56]

Round 1

England Sam Baird 5–1 England Colin Mitchell
England Tony Brown 2–5 England Ali Bassiri
India David Singh 4–5 England David Gray
England Ian Stark 5–2 England Paul Cavney
England Philip Minchin 0–5 England Stephen Rowlings
England Tony Knowles 4–5 England Del Smith
England Les Dodd 4–5 England Stephen Ormerod

Round 2

England Neil Selman 3–5 England Sam Baird
England Ali Bassiri 0–5 England David Gray
England Ian Stark 0–5 England Stephen Rowlings
England Del Smith 5–0 England Stephen Ormerod

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying rounds 1–4 for the tournament took place between 4 and 10 March 2011 at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield. The final round of qualifying took place between 12 and 13 March 2011 at the same venue.[53][54][55][56]

Round 1

England Reanne Evans 6–10 England Sam Baird
  bye England David Gray
Wales Jak Jones 3–10 England Stephen Rowlings
  bye England Del Smith

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 Kyren Wilson 10   Northern Ireland Joe Swail 6   England Rory McLeod 10   England Mark Davis 5
Northern Ireland Dermot McGlinchey 5   England Kyren Wilson 10   England Kyren Wilson 3   England Rory McLeod 10
China Liu Song 10   England Adrian Gunnell 9   England Mark Joyce 6   England Joe Perry 10
Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 8   China Liu Song 10   China Liu Song 10   China Liu Song 6
Thailand James Wattana 10   England Andy Hicks 2   Scotland Jamie Burnett 10   China Liang Wenbo 7
England Justin Astley 3   Thailand James Wattana 10   Thailand James Wattana 8   Scotland Jamie Burnett 10
Thailand Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 8   England Alfie Burden 7   England Mike Dunn 10   England Mark King 10
England Sam Baird 10   England Sam Baird 10   England Sam Baird 9   England Mike Dunn 5
Scotland James McBain 10   England Ian McCulloch 5   England Michael Holt 10   Wales Dominic Dale 10
Thailand Issara Kachaiwong 9   Scotland James McBain 10   Scotland James McBain 8   England Michael Holt 6
Brazil Igor Figueiredo 5   England Joe Jogia 10   England Robert Milkins 10   England Martin Gould 10
Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 10   Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 4   England Joe Jogia 4   England Robert Milkins 6
China Liu Chuang 10   England Jimmy White 9   England Tom Ford 8   Wales Ryan Day 10
England David Gray 3   China Liu Chuang 10   China Liu Chuang 10   China Liu Chuang 7
Republic of Ireland David Morris 8   England Barry Pinches 7   England Peter Lines 6   England Judd Trump 10
England David Gilbert 10   England David Gilbert 10   England David Gilbert 10   England David Gilbert 4
England Paul Davison 10   Scotland Anthony McGill 7   Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 10   Wales Matthew Stevens 10
England Stephen Rowlings 5   England Paul Davison 10   England Paul Davison 4   Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 9
Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 10   England Rod Lawler 5   England Matthew Selt 10   Scotland Marcus Campbell 10
England Del Smith 2   Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 10   Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 9   England Matthew Selt 6
Wales Michael White 10   England Matthew Couch 3   England Anthony Hamilton 10   England Barry Hawkins 10
England Adam Wicheard 2   Wales Michael White 10   Wales Michael White 7   England Anthony Hamilton 5
England Liam Highfield 8   England Jack Lisowski 10   England Steve Davis 10   England Stephen Lee 10
England Kuldesh Johal 10   England Kuldesh Johal 7   England Jack Lisowski 9   England Steve Davis 2
England Simon Bedford 10   Wales Jamie Jones 10   England Dave Harold 10   Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 9
Thailand Noppon Saengkham 3   England Simon Bedford 6   Wales Jamie Jones 9   England Dave Harold 10
England Ben Woollaston 10   England Stuart Pettman 10   Scotland Alan McManus 10   England Stuart Bingham 10
England Jamie O'Neill 8   England Ben Woollaston 5   England Stuart Pettman 8   Scotland Alan McManus 2
Wales Andrew Pagett 10   Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 4   England Nigel Bond 9   England Andrew Higginson 6
China Zhang Anda 6   Wales Andrew Pagett 10   Wales Andrew Pagett 10   Wales Andrew Pagett 10
China Xiao Guodong 10   England Jimmy Robertson 10   Malta Tony Drago 8   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 6
Norway Kurt Maflin 9   China Xiao Guodong 9   England Jimmy Robertson 10   England Jimmy Robertson 10

Century breaks[edit]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

There were 74 century breaks in the televised stage of the World Championship.[57][58]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

There were 73 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship.[57]

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