2000 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 15 April–1 May 2000
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,460,000
Winner's share £240,000
Highest break Wales Matthew Stevens (143)
Final
Champion Wales Mark Williams
Runner-up Wales Matthew Stevens
Score 18–16
1999
2001

The 2000 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2000 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 15 April and 1 May 2000 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Stephen Hendry was the defending champion, but he lost in the first round 7–10 against Stuart Bingham.

Mark Williams won his first World title by defeating fellow Welsh player Matthew Stevens 18–16 in the final.[1] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • In the final qualifying round Gary Wilkinson and Jason Ferguson set the record of the longest best-of-19-frames match at 11 hours and 38 minutes.[2]
  • Joe Swail returned to the top 16 in the snooker world rankings after reaching the semi-final against Matthew Stevens.[3]
  • The pre-tournament favourite Stephen Hendry[4] was eliminated in the first round by Crucible debutant Stuart Bingham (10–7). Hendry and Bingham would later meet in the first round again in 2012, this time Hendry winning 10-4 and making a maximum 147 break in what was his final professional tournament.[5]
  • Swail's place in the last 16 ended Steve Davis' run in the elite top 16 – he had been in since 1980 including holding the world number one spot from 1983 to 1990.[3][6] Davis lost 11–13 to John Higgins in the second round. He later returned to the top 16 in 2003/2004.[6]
  • Higgins made a record of 485 unanswered points in his quarter-final match against Anthony Hamilton.[7]
  • Mark Williams became only the third Welsh snooker player to win the world title after Ray Reardon and Terry Griffiths, and the first since 1979.[8] Trailing 7–13 against fellow countryman Matthew Stevens in the final, Williams recorded a comeback to defeat Stevens 18–16 and win the title.[9]
  • John Newton refereed his first and only World final and retired from refereeing after the match.[10] This was also the first ever all-Welsh World final and remains only one to-date.[11]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[12][13]

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).[12][14][15][16][17]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
15 April            
 Scotland Stephen Hendry (1)  7
21 & 22 April
 England Stuart Bingham  10  
 England Stuart Bingham  9
19 & 20 April
   England Jimmy White (16)  13  
 England Jimmy White (16)  10
25 & 26 April
 Scotland Billy Snaddon  7  
 England Jimmy White (16)  7
17 & 18 April
   Wales Matthew Stevens (9)  13  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (9)  10
23 & 24 April
 Malta Tony Drago  2  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (9)  13
19 April
   Scotland Alan McManus (8)  4  
 Scotland Alan McManus (8)  10
27, 28 & 29 April
 England Nigel Bond  7  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (9)  17
18 April
   Northern Ireland Joe Swail  12
 England John Parrott (5)  10
22, 23 & 24 April
 England Gary Wilkinson  9  
 England John Parrott (5)  12
15 & 16 April
   Northern Ireland Joe Swail  13  
 England Paul Hunter (12)  6
25 & 26 April
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail  10  
 Northern Ireland Joe Swail  13
16 & 17 April
   Wales Dominic Dale  9  
 England Peter Ebdon (13)  6
20 & 21 April
 Wales Dominic Dale  10  
 Wales Dominic Dale  13
16 & 17 April
   England David Gray  1  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  9
 England David Gray  10  
15 & 16 April            
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  10
20 & 21 April
 England John Read  4  
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  13
15 & 16 April
   Scotland Drew Henry  9  
 England Mark King (14)  8
25 & 26 April
 Scotland Drew Henry  10  
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  13
15 & 16 April
   Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien (11)  5  
 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien (11)  10
21 & 22 April
 Scotland Chris Small  8  
 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien (11)  13
18 & 19 April
   England Stephen Lee (6)  8  
 England Stephen Lee (6)  10
27, 28 & 29 April
 Iceland Kristjan Helgason  3  
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  17
17 & 18 April
   Scotland John Higgins (2)  15
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (7)  10
22, 23 & 24 April
 Wales Darren Morgan  3  
 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty (7)  12
17 April
   England Anthony Hamilton (10)  13  
 England Anthony Hamilton (10)  10
25 & 26 April
 Hong Kong Marco Fu  4  
 England Anthony Hamilton (10)  3
18 & 19 April
   Scotland John Higgins (2)  13  
 England Steve Davis (15)  10
23 & 24 April
 Scotland Graeme Dott  6  
 England Steve Davis (15)  11
19 & 20 April
   Scotland John Higgins (2)  13  
 Scotland John Higgins (2)  10
 England Dave Harold  8  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 30 April & 1 May 2000. Referee: John Newton[18]
Matthew Stevens (9)
 Wales
16–18 Mark Williams (3)
 Wales
62–50, 84–28, 33–56, 103–23, 18–65, 61–76, 0–123, 75–35, 64–24, 91–37, 59–21, 117–0, 114–7, 6–79, 73–22, 0–68, 133–0, 66–48, 0–106, 55–54, 0–81, 34–79, 46–71, 37–79, 33–77, 67–0, 6–75, 0–74, 120–16, 13–61, 66–70, 60–29, 8–76, 21–73 Century breaks: 7 (Stevens 5, Williams 2)

Highest break by Stevens: 120
Highest break by Williams: 123

62–50, 84–28, 33–56, 103–23, 18–65, 61–76, 0–123, 75–35, 64–24, 91–37, 59–21, 117–0, 114–7, 6–79, 73–22, 0–68, 133–0, 66–48, 0–106, 55–54, 0–81, 34–79, 46–71, 37–79, 33–77, 67–0, 6–75, 0–74, 120–16, 13–61, 66–70, 60–29, 8–76, 21–73
Wales Mark Williams wins the 2000 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks[edit]

There were 54 centuries in the Championship.[19][20] The highest breaks were 143 made by Matthew Stevens in the televised stage and Nick Dyson in the qualifying stage.[12]

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying matches were held between 3 January and 20 March 2000 at the Newport Centre in Newport, Wales.

Round 1[edit]

Best of 19 frames
China Hasimu Tuerxun 10–3 Germany Lasse Münstermann
England Tom Ford 10–2 Thailand Charoen Phorat
England Ricky Walden 10–5 Republic of Ireland David McDonnell
England Shailesh Jogia 10–9 England Shaun Murphy
Canada Bob Chaperon 10–6 England Ian Hurdman
England Darryn Walker 10–3 England Eddie Barker
England Lee Spick 10–7 England Michael Rhodes
Australia Neil Robertson 10–7 England Paul Davison

Round 2–4[edit]

Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 3
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 4
(Best of 19 frames)
Scotland Hugh Abernethy 10–4 China Hasimu Tuerxun Scotland Hugh Abernethy 10–8 Northern Ireland Jason Prince England Rod Lawler 10–4 Scotland Hugh Abernethy
England Nick Dyson 10–7 England Ian Brumby England Nick Dyson 10–8 England Mark Gray England Nick Dyson 10–7 England Steve James
England Tony Knowles 10–4 Republic of Ireland Colm Gilcreest England Tony Knowles 10–9 New Zealand Dene O'Kane England Jimmy Michie 10–2 England Tony Knowles
England Jason Weston 10–8 England Lee Richardson England Nick Pearce 10–6 England Jason Weston Canada Alain Robidoux 10–6 England Nick Pearce
England Tom Ford 10–4 Scotland Scott Mackenzie England Barry Pinches 10–5 England Tom Ford England Barry Pinches 10–5 England Dave Finbow
England Craig Harrison w/o–w/d England Barry Pinches England Neal Foulds 10–9 England Craig Harrison] Scotland Jamie Burnett 10–5 England Neal Foulds
Sweden Farhan Mirza 10–8 England Craig Roper Pakistan Shokat Ali 10–3 Sweden Farhan Mirza Pakistan Shokat Ali 10–7 England Stuart Bingham
England Jeff Cundy 10–6 England Ricky Walden England Mark Davis 10–3 England Jeff Cundy England Mark Davis 10–4 England Peter Lines
Scotland Stephen Maguire 10–3 England Troy Shaw Scotland Stephen Maguire 10–3 Scotland John Lardner Scotland Stephen Maguire 10–2 England Stuart Pettman
England Sean Storey 10–6 England Wayne Saidler England Sean Storey 10–2 Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Connor England Sean Storey 10–8 England Gary Ponting
England Barry Hawkins w/o–w/d Wales Mark Bennett England Barry Hawkins 10–8 England Robert Milkins England Bradley Jones 10–8 England Barry Hawkins
Thailand Noppadon Noppachorn 10–8 England Anthony Bolsover Thailand Noppadon Noppachorn 10–5 England Mike Dunn Thailand Noppadon Noppachorn 10–9 England Paul Wykes
England Munraj Pal 10–2 Scotland Alan Burnett England Munraj Pal 10–3 England Mick Price Wales Anthony Davies 10–6 England Munraj Pal
Scotland Paul McPhillips 10–7 England Shailesh Jogia Scotland Paul McPhillips 10–6 England Tony Jones Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 10–1 England Paul McPhillips
Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–4 Richard King Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–2 Darren Clarke Belgium Bjorn Haneveer 10–4 England Jason Ferguson
England Craig Butler 10–9 Wales Ryan Day England Craig Butler 10–7 England Karl Broughton England Craig Butler 10–6 Wales Lee Walker
Belgium Patrick Delsemme w/o–w/d Wales Gareth Chilcott Belgium Patrick Delsemme 10–8 England Leigh Griffin Belgium Patrick Delsemme 10–3 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene
Netherlands Stefan Mazrocis 10–4 Cyprus Mehmet Husnu England Steve Judd 10–8 Netherlands Stefan Mazrocis England Alfie Burden 10–2 England Steve Judd
England Jason Barton 10–7 Chris Shade England Jason Barton 10–8 England Tony Chappel England Gary Wilkinson 10–5 England Jason Barton
England Andrew Higginson 10–7 Canada Bob Chaperon England Andrew Higginson 10–8 England Adrian Gunnell England Michael Holt 10–5 England Andrew Higginson
Wales Philip Williams 10–5 Netherlands Mario Wehrmann Wales Philip Williams 10–8 England Paul Sweeny England Andy Hicks 10–8 Wales Philip Williams
England Eddie Manning 10–9 England Mike Hallett England Wayne Brown 10–8 England Eddie Manning Scotland Euan Henderson 10–3 England Wayne Brown
England Darryn Walker 10–4 Wales Wayne Jones England Darryn Walker 10–9 Thailand Phaitoon Phonbun England Jonathan Birch 10–8 England Darryn Walker
England Stuart Mann 10–5 England Peter McCullagh England Stuart Mann 10–9 Scotland Martin Dziewialtowski England Stuart Mann 10–2 England Matthew Couch
Wales James Reynolds 10–9 Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney England Dean Reynolds 10–7 Wales James Reynolds England David Roe 10–8 England Dean Reynolds
England Karl Burrows w/o–w/d England Nick Terry England Karl Burrows 10–3 Scotland Craig MacGillivray England Karl Burrows 10–7 England John Read
Finland Robin Hull 10–7 England Barry Mapstone England Ali Carter 10–4 Finland Robin Hull Scotland Marcus Campbell 10–8 England Ali Carter
England Lee Spick 10–3 England Matt Wilson Iceland Kristjan Helgason 10–7 England Lee Spick England David Gray 10–4 Iceland Kristjan Helgason
Australia Neil Robertson 10–9 Scotland David McLellan Australia Neil Robertson 10–9 Wales Mark Fenton England Ian McCulloch 10–8 Australia Neil Robertson
Thailand Somporn Kathawung 10–4 England Graham Lee Thailand Somporn Kathawung 10–6 England Willie Thorne England Joe Johnson 10–2 Thailand Somporn Kathawung
England Simon Bedford 10–5 China Da Hailin England Simon Bedford 10–8 Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez England Simon Bedford 10–3 Wales Paul Davies
England Mark Selby 10–4 England Stuart Reardon England Nick Walker 10–9 England Mark Selby Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 10–2 England Nick Walker

Round 5–6[edit]

[12]

Round 5
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 6
(Best of 19 frames)
England Stuart Bingham 10–9 New Zealand Dene O'Kane England Stuart Bingham 10–9 Australia Quinten Hann
Republic of Ireland Colm Gilcreest 10–9 England Stefan Mazrocis Scotland Billy Snaddon 10–6 Republic of Ireland Colm Gilcreest
England Joe Perry 10–8 Thailand Noppadon Noppachorn Malta Tony Drago 10–8 England Joe Perry
Scotland Euan Henderson 10–8 England Peter Lines England Nigel Bond 10–5 Scotland Euan Henderson
England Jason Ferguson 10–8 England Dean Reynolds England Gary Wilkinson 10–9 England Jason Ferguson
Scotland Stephen Maguire 10–4 England Bradley Jones Northern Ireland Joe Swail 10–9 Scotland Stephen Maguire
Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 10–4 England Stuart Pettman Wales Dominic Dale 10–8 Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace
England David Gray 10–3 England David Roe England David Gray 10–6 Thailand James Wattana
England John Read 10–5 England Neal Foulds England John Read 10–7 England Brian Morgan
Scotland Drew Henry 10–9 England Matthew Couch Scotland Drew Henry 10–3 Scotland Jamie Burnett
Wales Paul Davies 10–4 England Gary Ponting Scotland Chris Small 10–6 Wales Paul Davies
Iceland Kristjan Helgason 10–9 England Rod Lawler Iceland Kristjan Helgason 10–5 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy
Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 10–3 Wales Tony Chappel Wales Darren Morgan 10–7 Republic of Ireland Michael Judge
Hong Kong Marco Fu 10–7 England Dave Finbow Hong Kong Marco Fu 10–3 England Andy Hicks
England Eddie Manning 10–9 Canada Alain Robidoux Scotland Graeme Dott 10–3 England Eddie Manning
Wales Anthony Davies 10–6 England Mark Bennett England Dave Harold 10–7 Wales Anthony Davies

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