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2011 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship
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Tournament information
Dates16 April – 2 May 2011 (2011-04-16 – 2011-05-02)
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
OrganisationWorld Snooker
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,111,000
Winner's share£250,000
Highest break
Final
Champion John Higgins (SCO)
Runner-up Judd Trump (ENG)
Score18–15
2010
2012

The 2011 World Snooker Championship (officially the 2011 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship) was a professional 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 2010–11 snooker season. The event was organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association and had a total prize fund of £1,111,000, with £250,000 going to the winner of the event. The tournament was sponsored by sports betting company Betfred.

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 in the modern era. 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 Crucible 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 fourth session in Great Britain with 2.03 million watching the third session of the final.[1] The second and fourth sessions of the final were the most watched programmes 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]

Overview[edit]

The World Snooker Championship is an annual cue sport tournament and the official world championship of the game of snooker.[4] Invented in the late 19th century by British Army soldiers stationed in India,[5] the sport was popular in Great Britain.[6] In modern times it has been played worldwide, especially in East and Southeast Asian nations such as China, Hong Kong and Thailand.[7][8]

In the 2011 tournament, 32 professional players competed in one-on-one snooker matches played over several frames, using a single-elimination tournament format.[9] The 32 players were selected for the event using the snooker world rankings and a pre-tournament qualification competition.[10] In 1927, the first world championship was won by Joe Davis. The event's final took place in Camkin's Hall, Birmingham, England.[11] Since 1977, the event has been held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.[12] The event was organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.[13][14] Australian Neil Robertson was the defending champion, having defeated Graeme Dott 18–13 in the previous year's final.[15] The event was sponsored by sports betting company Betfred.[13][8]

Format[edit]

The 2011 World Snooker Championship took place from 16 April to 2 May 2011 in Sheffield, England. The tournament was the last of eight ranking events in the 2010–11 snooker season on the World Snooker Tour.[16][17] It featured a 32-player main draw that was held at the Crucible Theatre, as well as a qualifying draw that was played at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield from 3 to 13 March.[18] This was the 35th consecutive year that the tournament had been staged at the Crucible.[19] The main stages of the event were broadcast by the BBC in the United Kingdom.[20]

The top 16 players in the latest world rankings automatically qualified for the main draw as seeded players.[21][a] Robertson was seeded first overall as the defending champion, and the remaining 15 seeds were allocated based on the latest world rankings.[21] The number of frames required to win a match increased throughout the tournament. The first round consisted of best-of-19-frames matches, with the final match being played over a maximum of 35 frames.[22] All 16 non-seeded spots in the main draw were filled with players from the qualifying rounds.[9]

Prize fund[edit]

For the 2011 tournament there was a £1,111,000 prize fund with the winner receiving £250,000. World Snooker offered no additional prize money for a maximum break, whereas in previous years the prize money for this achievement was £147,000.[23] The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[24][25]

  • Winner: £250,000
  • Runner-up: £125,000
  • Semi-final: £52,000
  • Quarter-final: £24,050
  • Last 16: £16,000
  • Last 32: £12,000
  • Last 48: £8,200
  • Last 64: £4,600
  • Stage one highest break: £1,000
  • Stage two highest break: £10,000
  • Total: £1,111,000

Tournament summary[edit]

Opening rounds (first round—quarter-finals)[edit]

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Judd Trump (pictured in 2010), defeated the defending champion Neil Robertson 10–8 in the opening round

The first round was played from 16 to 21 April as the best of 19 frames held over two sessions.[26] Defending champion Neil Robertson led Judd Trump 7–6, but lost the match 8–10.[27] Trump, having recently won the 2011 China Open, commented "I'm on a high at the moment and I don't want it to finish. I want to make winning a habit".[27] There were two debutants at the main stages of the event: Andrew Pagett and Jimmy Robertson. This was also the first time that either had qualified for the main draw of a ranking tournament.[28] Both players lost their opening round match, as Pagett lost 7–10 against Jamie Cope and Jimmy Robertson lost 1–10 against Mark Selby.[29][30]

Both Barry Hawkins and Rory McLeod reached the second round of the World Championship for the first time. Hawkins defeated Stephen Maguire on a deciding frame 10–9 and McLeod defeated Ricky Walden 10–6.[31][32] Ronnie O'Sullivan attempted to withdraw from the event one week before it started, but later, when asked for a written confirmation, changed his decision.[33] He compiled his 100th century break at the venue in his first round match against Dominic Dale, as he won 10–2.[34][35] Previous winner Graeme Dott led Mark King 7–3, but was reduced to a 7–6 lead. Dott won three of the next four frames to complete a 10–7 victory.[36] Seven-time winner Hendry defeated Joe Perry 10–9 on a deciding frame, but hinted that he might retire after the event.[37] In total, five out of the sixteen seeded players lost their first round matches: Neil Robertson, Maguire, Walden, Marco Fu and Peter Ebdon. Fu lost 8–10 against Martin Gould and Ebdon lost 8–10 against Stuart Bingham.[38][39]

The second round was played as the best of 25 frames, held over three sessions.[26] Selby made six century breaks during his 13–4 victory over Hendry.[40] This was the first time six century breaks had been made in a match at the event,[41][42][43] and also for a best of 25 frames match at any event.[42][44] Trump defeated Gould 13–6, with his opponent considering him to be a favourite to win the event, and Trump commenting "I feel I've got the game to go out and win it".[45] Dott and Carter were tied at 11–11 in their second round match, before Dott won the next two frames to complete a 13–11 victory.[45] Ding came back from 9–12 to defeat Stuart Bingham on a deciding frame. This was the first time that he had qualified for the quarter-finals of the world championships.[46] Eleventh seed Mark Allen also went to a deciding frame, as he defeated Hawkins 13–12.[45] In a long eight-hour match, John Higgins overcame Rory McLeod 13–7.[47]

The quarter-finals were played as the best of 25 frames.[26] Mark Williams defeated Allen 13–5 to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time since winning the 2003 World Snooker Championship.[48] Trump, rated an 80–1 outsider at the beginning of the tournament, defeated previous year's runner up Dott 13–5 to reach the semi-finals.[49][50] Ding won his match 13–10 against Selby to become the third Asian player to reach the semi-finals of the world championship, following James Wattana and Fu.[51][52] As a result of Selby's exit, Williams became the new world number one after the event.[52] O'Sullivan led Higgins 8–5 in their quarter-final match, but won just two of the next ten frames, as Higgins won the match 13–10. O'Sullivan commented "I had enough chances to win, more than I expected. I just didn't take them", whilst Higgins suggested that O'Sullivan missing was the only way he could have won the match.[53]

Later rounds (semi-finals—final)[edit]

The semi-finals were played as the best of 33 frames, held over four sessions. Trump defeated Ding 17–15 to become the second youngest player (after Hendry in 1990) to reach the final of the event.[54] Trump also reached his second consecutive ranking final after winning the China Open at the start of the month.[55] 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;[56] 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.[57][58] Williams led Higgins 5–3 after the first session, and maintained his lead after the second session, which ended 9–7. Higgins, however, then won six of the next eight frames, to lead 13–11 after the third session. Higgins won the match 17–14 to reach his third final in five years.[59] 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 of match fixing, for which the heckler was later ejected from the venue.[60] Higgins had only returned from a six month suspension due to the incident in November.[61]

The final was played as the best of 35 frames, held over four sessions. The final was contested between Higgins and Trump, and officiated by Jan Verhaas, who was taking charge of his fourth World Championship final.[62][63] 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.[64] 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.[65][66] Higgins took a 13–12 lead after the third session of the final, which he won 6–2.[67] Trump levelled the match at 14–14, before Higgins won four of the last five frames to win the match 18–15.[61]

This was Higgins 24th ranking title, and the fourth time he had won the event. Only Ray Reardon, Steve Davis and Hendry had won the event as many times.[61] Higgins complemented Trump "He was the better player. He was playing a brand of snooker I have never seen before in my life."[61] The pair would also contest the 2019 World Snooker Championship final, with Trump winning 18–9.[68] The highest break of the tournament was 138 made by both King and Ding. This was the first time that the highest break of the tournament was lower than 140 since 1987, when it was 127 made by Davis.[69]

Main draw[edit]

Below is the full draw for the main stage of the tournament. The numbers in brackets denote player seeding, whilst those in bold denote match winners.[70][71][72] The draw for the first round took place on 21 March 2011, one day after the Players Tour Championship Finals.[28][73]

First round
Best of 19 frames
Second round
Best of 25 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 25 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 33 frames
Final
Best of 35 frames
16 April
Australia Neil Robertson (1) 8
21, 22 & 23 April
England Judd Trump 10
England Judd Trump13
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 Bingham12
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
1 & 2 May
England Jimmy Robertson 1
England Judd Trump15
16 & 17 April
Scotland John Higgins (2)18
Wales Mark Williams (3)10
21 & 22 April
Wales Ryan Day5
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 McLeod7
20 & 21 April
Scotland John Higgins (2)13
Scotland John Higgins (2)10
England Stephen Lee5
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1 & 2 May 2011. Referee: Jan Verhaas.[74]
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

Qualifying[edit]

Preliminary qualifying[edit]

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place on 3 March 2011 at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield.[75][76][77]

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

Main 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.[75][76][77]

Round 1

England Reanne Evans 6–10 England Sam Baird
Wales Jak Jones 3–10 England Stephen Rowlings

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 Wilson10Northern Ireland Joe Swail6England Rory McLeod10England Mark Davis5
Northern Ireland Dermot McGlinchey5England Kyren Wilson10England Kyren Wilson3England Rory McLeod10
China Liu Song10England Adrian Gunnell9England Mark Joyce6England Joe Perry10
Republic of Ireland Michael Judge8China Liu Song10China Liu Song10China Liu Song6
Thailand James Wattana10England Andy Hicks2Scotland Jamie Burnett10China Liang Wenbo7
England Justin Astley3Thailand James Wattana10Thailand James Wattana8Scotland Jamie Burnett10
Thailand Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon8England Alfie Burden7England Mike Dunn10England Mark King10
England Sam Baird10England Sam Baird10England Sam Baird9England Mike Dunn5
Scotland James McBain10England Ian McCulloch5England Michael Holt10Wales Dominic Dale10
Thailand Issara Kachaiwong9Scotland James McBain10Scotland James McBain8England Michael Holt6
Brazil Igor Figueiredo5England Joe Jogia10England Robert Milkins10England Martin Gould10
Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney10Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney4England Joe Jogia4England Robert Milkins6
China Liu Chuang10England Jimmy White9England Tom Ford8Wales Ryan Day10
England David Gray3China Liu Chuang10China Liu Chuang10China Liu Chuang7
Republic of Ireland David Morris8England Barry Pinches7England Peter Lines6England Judd Trump10
England David Gilbert10England Dave Gilbert10England Dave Gilbert10England Dave Gilbert4
England Paul Davison10Scotland Anthony McGill7Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien10Wales Matthew Stevens10
England Stephen Rowlings5England Paul Davison10England Paul Davison4Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien9
Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace10England Rod Lawler5England Matthew Selt10Scotland Marcus Campbell10
England Del Smith2Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace10Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace9England Matthew Selt6
Wales Michael White10England Matthew Couch3England Anthony Hamilton10England Barry Hawkins10
England Adam Wicheard2Wales Michael White10Wales Michael White7England Anthony Hamilton5
England Liam Highfield8England Jack Lisowski10England Steve Davis10England Stephen Lee10
England Kuldesh Johal10England Kuldesh Johal7England Jack Lisowski9England Steve Davis2
England Simon Bedford10Wales Jamie Jones10England Dave Harold10Northern Ireland Gerard Greene9
Thailand Noppon Saengkham3England Simon Bedford6Wales Jamie Jones9England Dave Harold10
England Ben Woollaston10England Stuart Pettman10Scotland Alan McManus10England Stuart Bingham10
England Jamie O'Neill8England Ben Woollaston5England Stuart Pettman8Scotland Alan McManus2
Wales Andrew Pagett10Belgium Bjorn Haneveer4England Nigel Bond9England Andrew Higginson6
China Zhang Anda6Wales Andrew Pagett10Wales Andrew Pagett10Wales Andrew Pagett10
China Xiao Guodong10England Jimmy Robertson10Malta Tony Drago8Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty6
Norway Kurt Maflin9China Xiao Guodong9England Jimmy Robertson10England Jimmy Robertson10

Century breaks[edit]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

There were 74 century breaks in the televised stage of the World Championship.[78][79]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

There were 73 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship.[78]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In the event of the defending champion being ranked outside the top 16, he would replace the player ranked world number 16 as an automatic qualifier.[21]

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