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2013 Betfair World Snooker Championship
2013 World Snooker Championship poster.jpg
Tournament information
Dates20 April – 6 May 2013
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,111,000
Winner's share£250,000
Highest breakAustralia Neil Robertson (143)
Final
ChampionEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-upEngland Barry Hawkins
Score18–12
2012
2014

The 2013 World Snooker Championship (also called as the 2013 Betfair World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional snooker tournament that took place from 20 April to 6 May 2013 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. It was the 37th consecutive year the Crucible had hosted the World Snooker Championship; the 2013 event was last ranking tournament of the 2012–2013 snooker season. Sports betting company Betfair sponsored the event for the first time.

Despite not having played a competitive match all season, defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan did not lose one session in the tournament and defeated Barry Hawkins 18–12 in the final to become a five-time World Champion, joining Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry as the only players to have successfully defended their titles at the Crucible. O'Sullivan broke Hendry's record of 127 career centuries at the Crucible, finishing the tournament with 131, and also became the first player to make six century breaks in a World Championship final. Of the 55 century breaks made during the event, Neil Robertson made the highest break, a 143, in his first-round loss to Robert Milkins.

Overview

The World Snooker Championship is an annual cue sport tournament and the official professional world championship of the game of snooker.[1] Since 1977, the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield has hosted the event.[2] During the tournament, 32 professional players compete in one-on-one snooker matches in a single elimination format, each of which is played over several frames. The event's 32-player lineup is selected using the snooker world rankings and a pre-tournament qualification round.[3][4] English player Ronnie O'Sullivan won the previous year's championship by defeating fellow countryman Ali Carter in the final 18–11.[5] The winner of the 2013 event earned prize money of £250,000, from a pool of £1,111,000.[6] Sports betting company Betfair sponsored the event for the first time in 2013.[7]

Format

The 2013 World Snooker Championship was held between 20 April and 6 May 2013 in Sheffield, England.[4] It was the last of 11 rankings events in the 2012-13 snooker season on the World Snooker Tour.[8][9] The tournament featured a 32-player main draw that took place at the Crucible Theatre and a 92-player qualifying draw that was played on 6 and 11 April 2015 at the English Institute of Sport.[10] This was the 45th successive world championship to be contested using the knockout format after reverting from a challenge match system in the 1960s.[4]

The top-16 players in the world rankings automatically qualified for the main draw as seeded players.[11] Ronnie O'Sullivan was seeded first overall as the defending champion; the remaining 15 seeds were allocated using the latest world rankings, which were released after the China Open, the penultimate event of the season.[11] The number of frames needed to win a match increased with each round of the main draw, starting with best-of-19-frames matches in the first round and ending with the final, which was played as a best-of-35-frames match.[11][4]

Prize fund

The event had a prize fund of £1,111,000, of which the winner received £250,000. A breakdown of prize money for 2013 is shown below:[6]

  • 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
  • Non-televised highest break: £1,000
  • Televised highest break: £10,000
  • Total: £1,111,000

Tournament summary

First round

Interior of the Crucible Theatre with two snooker tables in the centre surrounded by seating
Interior of the Crucible Theatre before the third session of the first day

The first round was played between 20 and 25 April 2013; matches were held as the best-of-19 frames over two sessions. Players Jack Lisowski, Michael White, Ben Woollaston, Dechawat Poomjaeng, Matthew Selt and Sam Baird made their debuts at the main stages of the event.[12][13][14] Poomjaeng was only the third player from Thailand, after James Wattana and Tai Pichit, to reach the event.[15] Two of the debuting players progressed to the second round; Michael White advanced by defeating two-time champion Mark Williams 10–6,[16] while Dechawat Poomjaeng advanced by beating Stephen Maguire 10–9.[17]

Four Chinese players—a record for the event—had played in the 2012 competition but Ding Junhui was the only Chinese player to appear in 2013.[18] Ding defeated Alan McManus 10–5 to reach the second round.[18] Peter Ebdon was playing in his 22nd consecutive World Championship, equalling the number of consecutive appearances made by Steve Davis and putting him third for consecutive appearances behind Stephen Hendry on 27 and O'Sullivan on 26.[19] In a repeat of the final of the 2006 event, Ebdon faced Graeme Dott;[20] the match overran and was played over three sessions. Dott was ahead 8–6 after the second session and eventually won 10–6.[20][21] The match lasted for more than seven hours; Ebdon had a high break of 37.[20] Dott criticised Ebdon for his perceived slow play and called for a rule to limit the time a player could spend over a shot.[22]

The ending of the match between defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and Marcus Campbell was not aired on the BBC, which instead broadcast a repeat episode of the 1970s sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. The match was also unavailable on the BBC Red Button service, leading to viewers expressing their anger on social networks. The CEO of World Snooker Barry Hearn, apologised to fans on Twitter and wrote a formal letter of complaint to the BBC.[23] O'Sullivan won the match 10–4;[24]he had not played a competitive match since winning the title the year before.[25] O'Sullivan said he wanted to "take some time off" and had refused to sign the player's contract for the following season.[26]

Robert Milkins defeated the 2010 champion Neil Robertson 8–10.[27] Robertson made the highest break of the event—a 143 in frame six—and led 5–2 but Milkins tied the match at 8–8 before winning the next two frames.[27] In other matches, four-time champion John Higgins lost 6–10 to Mark Davis[28] whilst former finalist Matthew Stevens lost 7–10 to qualifier Marco Fu.[29]

Second round

The second round was played between 25 and 30 April as the best of 25 frames over three sessions. Shaun Murphy defeated Graeme Dott 13–11[30] after leading 6–2 after the first session.[31] Dott's elimination meant there were no Scottish players in the last eight for the first time since 1988.[32] Michael White reached his first ranking event quarter-final by defeating Poomjaeng 13–3 after two of the three scheduled sessions.[33] In the fourth frame, Poomjaeng used the spider to bridge over the blue ball but missed a red ball on three occasions and forfeited the frame.[34]

O'Sullivan became the first defending champion since Murphy in 2006 to reach the quarter-finals when he defeated Ali Carter, his opponent in the 2008 and 2012 World Championship finals, 13–8.[35] Ricky Walden, in his first world championship second-round appearance, defeated Robert Milkins 13–11.[36] Milkins trailed 3–9 but recovered to 10–11 and 11–12 but Walden won the frame he needed for victory.[37] Barry Hawkins also reached his first Crucible quarter-final after defeating world number one Mark Selby 13–10.[38]

Quarter-finals

The quarter-finals were played on 31 April and 1 May as best-of-25 frames matches over three sessions. In his match against Stuart Bingham, O'Sullivan won 11 of the first 12 frames and won the match 13–4 in the first frame of the third session.[39] Judd Trump trailed 3–8 against Shaun Murphy but tied the score at 12–12 to force a deciding frame. The final frame lasted 53 minutes and was won by Trump.[40][41] Ricky Walden defeated Michael White 13–6 and Hawkins defeated Ding Junhui 13–7, eliminating the two remaining non-English competitors from the tournament.[29] Walden reached the semi-finals of the World Championship on his third attempt, despite not having previously won a match in his earlier appearances in the main stages of the event in 2009 and 2011.[42]

Semi-finals

The semi-finals were played between 2 and 4 May 2013 over four sessions as the best-of-33 frames. This was the third semi-finals round in the modern history of snooker in which all of the players were English.[43] O'Sullivan played Judd Trump in the first semi-final; in the 23rd frame, O'Sullivan received a reprimand from referee Michaela Tabb for allegedly making an obscene gesture with his cue. A World Snooker spokesman later stated eyewitnesses had also observed O'Sullivan making an inappropriate gesture but it was not captured on camera.[44] O'Sullivan defeated Trump 17–11[29] and became the first defending champion to reach the final since Ken Doherty in 1998.[45] In the other semi-final, Barry Hawkins trailed Ricky Walden 8–12 but won nine of the next eleven frames to win 17–14.[46][47]

Final

Ronnie O'Sullivan holding the trophy after the final
Ronnie O'Sullivan won a fifth championship, defeating Barry Hawkins 18–12.

The 2013 final between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Barry Hawkins was played on 5 and 6 May as the best-of-35 frames over four sessions and officiated by Jan Verhaas.[48] O'Sullivan led 5–3 after the first session; Hawkins drew level at 7–7 but O'Sullivan won the last three frames of the day to take a 10–7 overnight lead.[49] O'Sullivan's break of 103 in the 15th frame was his 128th century break at the Crucible Theatre, breaking Stephen Hendry's record of 127 Crucible centuries,[50] and he extended the record to 131 century breaks.[51] O'Sullivan won the third session by five frames to three to lead 15–10.[52] O'Sullivan went on to win the final 18–12 to take his fifth world title[53] and become the first defending champion to retain his title since Hendry in 1996[54] and the first player to score six century breaks in a world championship final.[53]

Eight century breaks were scored in the final, equalling the record set in the 2002 final between Hendry and Peter Ebdon.[55] At the age of 37, O'Sullivan became the oldest World Snooker Champion since 45-year-old Ray Reardon in 1978.[56] This was O'Sullivan's fifth world championship but he did not rule out a similar season away from the tour, saying; "I had my year out and enjoyed my year out. I intend to play in some small events. Come December or January I'll have a better idea of what I'm going to do."[54][57] As world champion, O'Sullivan was awarded a wild card place at the 2014 Masters, which he also won.[58]

Main draw

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).[29][59][60] The draw for the first round took place on 15 April 2013, one day after the qualifying, and was broadcast live by Talksport at 1.30 pm  BST.[61]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
20 April            
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  10
27, 28 & 29 April
 Scotland Marcus Campbell  4  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
22 & 23 April
   England Ali Carter (16)  8  
 England Ali Carter (16)  10
30 April & 1 May
 England Ben Woollaston  4  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
24 & 25 April
   England Stuart Bingham (9)  4  
 England Stuart Bingham (9)  10
28 & 29 April
 England Sam Baird  2  
 England Stuart Bingham (9)  13
21 & 22 April
   England Mark Davis  10  
 Scotland John Higgins (8)  6
2, 3 & 4 May
 England Mark Davis  10  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  17
20 & 21 April
   England Judd Trump (4)  11
 England Shaun Murphy (5)  10
25 & 26 April
 England Martin Gould  5  
 England Shaun Murphy (5)  13
21 & 22 April
   Scotland Graeme Dott (12)  11  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (12)  10
30 April & 1 May
 England Peter Ebdon  6  
 England Shaun Murphy (5)  12
23 & 24 April
   England Judd Trump (4)  13  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (13)  7
26 & 27 April
 Hong Kong Marco Fu  10  
 Hong Kong Marco Fu  7
23 & 24 April
   England Judd Trump (4)  13  
 England Judd Trump (4)  10
 Wales Dominic Dale  5  
24 & 25 April            
 Australia Neil Robertson (3)  8
28 & 29 April
 England Robert Milkins  10  
 England Robert Milkins  11
20 & 21 April
   England Ricky Walden (14)  13  
 England Ricky Walden (14)  10
30 April & 1 May
 England Michael Holt  1  
 England Ricky Walden (14)  13
20 & 21 April
   Wales Michael White  6  
 Wales Mark Williams (11)  6
25 & 26 April
 Wales Michael White  10  
 Wales Michael White  13
22 & 23 April
   Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng  3  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (6)  9
2, 3 & 4 May
 Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng  10  
 England Ricky Walden (14)  14
22 April
   England Barry Hawkins (15)  17
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (7)  8
27, 28 & 29 April
 England Mark King  10  
 England Mark King  9
23 & 24 April
   China Ding Junhui (10)  13  
 China Ding Junhui (10)  10
30 April & 1 May
 Scotland Alan McManus  5  
 China Ding Junhui (10)  7
20 & 21 April
   England Barry Hawkins (15)  13  
 England Barry Hawkins (15)  10
26 & 27 April
 England Jack Lisowski  3  
 England Barry Hawkins (15)  13
23 & 24 April
   England Mark Selby (2)  10  
 England Mark Selby (2)  10
 England Matthew Selt  4  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 5 & 6 May. Referee: Jan Verhaas.[48]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)
 England
18–12 Barry Hawkins (15)
 England
87–4, 92–10, 0–98, 0–81, 13–101, 76–7, 113–0, 104–0, 0–73, 83–37, 9–61, 75–0, 0–91, 4–133, 103–0, 117–5, 69–62, 36–71, 134–0, 57–56, 0–90, 133–0, 75–49, 38–87, 124–7, 0–131, 18–76, 77–25, 89–8, 89–1 Century breaks: 8 (O'Sullivan 6, Hawkins 2)
Highest break by O'Sullivan: 133
Highest break by Hawkins: 133
4–87, 10–92, 98–0, 81–0, 101–13, 7–76, 0–113, 0–104, 73–0, 37–83, 61–9, 0–75, 91–0, 133–4, 0–103, 5–117, 62–69, 71–36, 0–134, 56–57, 90–0, 0–133, 49–75, 87–38, 7–124, 131–0, 76–18, 25–77, 8–89, 1–89
England Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the 2013 Betfair World Snooker Championship

Qualifying

Preliminary qualifying

Four preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament were for invited amateur players and members not on the Main Tour; they took place on 4 and 5 April 2013 at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield. Names in bold denote match winners.[62][63][64]

Round 1

England Ali Bassiri 0–5 England Surinder Gill
England Del Smith 4–5 England Ian Barry Stark
England Paul Wykes 5–2 Finland Robin Hull
England Stephen Ormerod 5–0 Republic of Ireland Bill Kelly

Round 2

England Andrew Norman 5–1 England Philip Minchin
England Les Dodd 5–4 England Surinder Gill
Republic of Ireland David Morris 1–5 Northern Ireland Joe Swail
England Stephen Rowlings 5–4 England Ian Barry Stark
England Justin Astley 5–2 England Tony Knowles
India Lucky Vatnani 3–5 England Paul Wykes
India David Singh 2–5 Wales Tony Chappel
Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 5–0 England Stephen Ormerod

Round 3

England Andrew Norman 1–5 England Les Dodd
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 5–2 England Stephen Rowlings
England Justin Astley 5–2 England Paul Wykes
Wales Tony Chappel 1–5 Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace

Round 4

England Les Dodd 1–5 Northern Ireland Joe Swail
England Justin Astley 5–2 Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace

Main qualifying

The first three qualifying rounds for the tournament took place between 6 and 11 April 2013 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield,. The final round of qualifying took place between 13 and 14 April 2013 at the same venue.[10][64][65]

  Round 1
Best of 19 frames
  Round 2
Best of 19 frames
  Round 3
Best of 19 frames
  Round 4
Best of 19 frames
                               
Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10   Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 4   England Ben Woollaston 10   Wales Ryan Day 9
Scotland Scott Donaldson 6   Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10   Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 3   England Ben Woollaston 10
China Zhang Anda 10   China Cao Yupeng 7   Wales Michael White 10   England Andrew Higginson 4
Thailand Passakorn Suwannawat 6   China Zhang Anda 10   China Zhang Anda 5   Wales Michael White 10
Thailand Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 10   England Mike Dunn 6   England Matthew Selt 10   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 9
England Jamie O'Neill 8   Thailand Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 10   Thailand Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 8   England Matthew Selt 10
England Michael Wasley 10   Thailand James Wattana 10   England Jack Lisowski 10   Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 4
England Sean O'Sullivan 6   England Michael Wasley 7   Thailand James Wattana 4   England Jack Lisowski 10
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 10   China Liu Chuang 9   England Anthony Hamilton 4   England Jamie Cope 3
Scotland Michael Leslie 4   Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 10   Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 10   Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 10
India Pankaj Advani 8   England Adam Duffy 6   England Mark Joyce 10   England Michael Holt 10
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 10   Northern Ireland Joe Swail 10   Northern Ireland Joe Swail 7   England Mark Joyce 7
Malta Tony Drago 10   England Andy Hicks 7   England Dave Gilbert 10   Hong Kong Marco Fu 10
Egypt Mohamed Khairy 3   Malta Tony Drago 10   Malta Tony Drago 8   England Dave Gilbert 6
India Aditya Mehta 10   Scotland Alan McManus 10   England Nigel Bond 8   England Tom Ford 5
Wales Daniel Wells 7   India Aditya Mehta 9   Scotland Alan McManus 10   Scotland Alan McManus 10
Belgium Luca Brecel 6   England Rod Lawler 10   Scotland Anthony McGill 9   England Martin Gould 10
Scotland Fraser Patrick 10   Scotland Fraser Patrick 5   England Rod Lawler 10   England Rod Lawler 7
England Robbie Williams 7   England Jimmy Robertson 10   China Liang Wenbo 10   England Mark Davis 10
China Li Yan 10   China Li Yan 2   England Jimmy Robertson 3   China Liang Wenbo 6
England Ian Burns 10   China Yu Delu 10   Scotland Jamie Burnett 6   England Mark King 10
England Joel Walker 8   England Ian Burns 2   China Yu Delu 10   China Yu Delu 9
England Liam Highfield 10   England Barry Pinches 9   Wales Jamie Jones 9   Scotland Marcus Campbell 10
England Simon Bedford 6   England Liam Highfield 10   England Liam Highfield 10   England Liam Highfield 4
China Chen Zhe 7   England Peter Lines 9   England Rory McLeod 9   England Joe Perry 3
England Sam Baird 10   England Sam Baird 10   England Sam Baird 10   England Sam Baird 10
England Paul Davison 10   England Alfie Burden 10   England Dave Harold 9   Wales Dominic Dale 10
England Justin Astley 8   England Paul Davison 7   England Alfie Burden 10   England Alfie Burden 5
England Craig Steadman 10   Norway Kurt Maflin 10   England Steve Davis 7   England Peter Ebdon 10
England David Grace 9   England Craig Steadman 6   Norway Kurt Maflin 10   Norway Kurt Maflin 8
China Tian Pengfei 10   England Jimmy White 10   China Xiao Guodong 4   England Robert Milkins 10
England Martin O'Donnell 5   China Tian Pengfei 7   England Jimmy White 10   England Jimmy White 5

Century breaks

Televised stage centuries

There were 55 century breaks in the televised stage of the World Championship.[66][67][68] Neil Robertson, the player who compiled the highest break of the tournament, received a cue stick made of gold.[69]

Qualifying stage centuries

There were 63 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship:[70][71]

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