2014 World Snooker Championship snooker tournament

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2014 Dafabet World Snooker Championship
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Tournament information
Dates19 April – 5 May 2014
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,214,000
Winner's share£300,000
Highest break Neil Robertson (AUS) (140)
Final
Champion Mark Selby (ENG)
Runner-up Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG)
Score18–14
2013
2015

The 2014 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2014 Dafabet World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional snooker tournament, that took place from 19 April to 5 May 2014 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. It was the 38th consecutive year that the World Snooker Championship had been held at the Crucible and the tournament was the last ranking event of the 2013–14 snooker season. The event was sponsored by Dafabet for the first time.

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion, having won the previous year's event by defeating Barry Hawkins in the final. Mark Selby won the event to capture his first world title by defeating O'Sullivan 18–14 in the final. This was Selby's fourth ranking title, also completing the Triple Crown of World Championship, UK Championship, and Masters titles. Neil Robertson compiled the highest break of the tournament, a 140 and scored his 100th century break of the season in his quarter-final win over Judd Trump. The event featured a prize fund of £1,214,000 with the winner receiving £300,000. A qualifying tournament was held from 8 to 16 April 2014 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

Background

The World Snooker Championship features 32 professional players competing in one-on-one snooker matches in a single-elimination format, each match played over several frames. The 32 players for the event are selected through a mix of the snooker world rankings and a pre-tournament qualification round.[1][2][3] The first World Snooker Championship took place in 1927, with the final held at Camkin's Hall in Birmingham, England, and the title was won by Joe Davis.[4][5] Since 1977, the event has been held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.[6] As of 2020 Stephen Hendry is the event's most successful participant in the modern era, having won the championship seven times.[7] The defending champion was Ronnie O'Sullivan, who had won the 2013 event to win his fifth title.[8] The winner of the 2014 championship received £300,000, from a total prize fund of £1,214,000.[9] The event is organised by World Snooker in partnership with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.[10]

Format

The 2014 World Snooker Championship was a professional snooker tournament played from 19 April to 5 May 2014 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.[11] This was the 38th consecutive year that the World Snooker Championship was held at the Crucible Theatre, first held there in 1977.[12] The tournament featured 32 participants; with 16 players qualifying for the event from the snooker world rankings, and 16 from a four-round qualifying event held at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England.[1][2][3] The event was the last of twelve ranking event of the 2013–14 snooker season on the World Snooker Tour.[13] The tournament was sponsored by sports betting company Dafabet.[11]

Prize fund

The total prize money for the 2014 World Snooker Championship was raised to £1,214,000 from the previous year's £1,111,000. The winner received £300,000, an increase of £50,000 over the previous year. The breakdown of prize money for the 2014 event is shown below:[9]

  • Winner: £300,000
  • Runner-up: £125,000
  • Semi-final: £55,000
  • Quarter-final: £25,000
  • Last 16: £16,000
  • Last 32: £12,000
  • Last 48: £8,500
  • Last 64: £5,000
  • Last 96: £1,000
  • Non-televised highest break: £1,000
  • Televised highest break: £10,000
  • Total: £1,214,000

Tournament summary

Qualifying

Six-time champion Steve Davis lost in qualifying, failing to retain his place on the World Snooker Tour

Four former world champions lost in the qualifying rounds. Six-times champion Steve Davis was defeated by Craig Steadman, a match he needed to win to retain his place on the World Snooker Tour.[14] Two-time champion Mark Williams lost to Alan McManus in the final qualifying round 8–10 and failed to play at the event for the first time since 1996.[15][16][17] Graeme Dott lost to Kyren Wilson 7–10,[18] whilst Peter Ebdon lost 8–10 to Robin Hull.[19] The loss for Ebdon meant that he failed to play at the event for the first time since his debut in 1992, ending his 22 consecutive appearances.[20][21] Two previous runners-up also did not qualify. Six-time runner-up Jimmy White lost in the second qualifying round to Ian Burns 10–4,[22] whilst two-time runner-up Matthew Stevens lost to Tom Ford.[15]

For the first time, no Welsh player automatically qualified to play at the Crucible.[15] Three Welshmen, Dominic Dale, Michael White, and Ryan Day, won places in the first round through qualification.[23][24] At the age of 44, 1997 champion Ken Doherty defeated Dechawat Poomjaeng 10–5 in qualifying to become the oldest player to reach the main stage.[25][26] Kyren Wilson,[27] Michael Wasley,[28] Xiao Guodong, and Robbie Williams all made their debuts in the competition by coming through qualifying.[29][30]

First round

Debutant Michael Wasley defeated fourth seed Ding Junhui 10–9 in the opening round

The first round was played as best-of-19 frames over two sessions between 19 and 24 April 2014.[31] Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan drew world number 122 Robin Hull in the first round.[32][33] O'Sullivan defeated Hull 10–4.[34] The 2010 World Snooker Championship winner Neil Robertson won his first round match against Robbie Williams, leading 7–2 after the first session, and later 10–2.[34][35] In his victory, he compiled breaks of 102, 102, 103, 132, and the tournament's highest of 140 to take his season total of century breaks to 97.[36][37] The 2005 champion Shaun Murphy trailed 5–7 behind against Jamie Cope, before the pair played a deciding frame at 9–9. Murphy took the frame 65–49 to win the match.[38] Third seed Mark Selby also won a deciding frame, as he defeated Michael White 10–9.[39][40]

Fourth seed Ding Junhui had previously won five ranking events in the season, a record number he jointly held with Stephen Hendry.[41] In his first round match he was defeated 9–10 by debutant Michael Wasley and so failed to set a new record for tournament wins in a season.[41][42] Ken Doherty won the last seven frames of his match against sixth seed Stuart Bingham to win 10–5, recording his first victory at the event since 2006.[43] Alan McManus achieved his first Crucible win since 2005 by defeating fellow Scot John Higgins 10–7,[44] while Dominic Dale won his first Crucible match since 2000 by defeating 13th seed Mark Davis 10–5.[45] The final frame of Ricky Walden's first-round match against Kyren Wilson lasted 73 minutes 13 seconds,[46] just under two minutes short of the Crucible record of 74 minutes 58 seconds that Stephen Maguire and Mark King set in 2009.[47] Walden won the frame to clinch a 10–7 victory.[48] Qualifier Ryan Day defeated tenth seed Stephen Maguire 10–9.[49]

During the first round, the second "Ladies' Day" at the tournament featured events designed to encourage greater female participation in the sport.[50] The day was also used to raise money for the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice in North Anston.[51]

Second round

Alan McManus reached his first quarter-final at the event since 2005 by defeating Ken Doherty

The second round was played as best-of-25 frames matches over three sessions between 25 and 28 April 2014.[31] Ronnie O'Sullivan trailed Joe Perry throughout both of the first two sessions of their match, but ultimately won 13–11.[52] O'Sullivan described the encounter with Perry as "probably my most exciting match ever at the Crucible."[53] Alan McManus played Ken Doherty and won six frames in a row from 4–3 ahead to lead 10–3 and later won 13–8.[54] This was McManus' first quarter-final appearance since 2005, when he also beat Doherty in the second round.[55] Shaun Murphy led Marco Fu 9–7 after the first two sessions, before winning four of the next five frames to win 13–8.[56]

Dominic Dale defeated Wasley 13–4 to reach his first World Championship quarter-final since 2000.[57] In defeating Mark Allen 13–7, Robertson added two more century breaks to bring his season total to 99. In the last two frames he made breaks of 94 and 92, narrowly missing his 100th century of the season.[58][59] Barry Hawkins met Ricky Walden in a repeat of the previous year's semi-final.[60] Hawkins defeated Walden again, this time 13–11, to reach his second Crucible quarter-final.[61] Mark Selby led Ali Carter 9–7 after the first two sessions, and won three frames in a row to lead 12–7. Carter won the next two frames before Selby won frame 20 by 82 points to 19 to win 13–9.[62] In the last second round match, seventh seed Judd Trump defeated Ryan Day 13–7.[63]

Quarter-finals

Neil Robertson scored his 100th century break of the season in his win over Judd Trump

The quarter-finals were played as best-of-25 frames matches across three sessions between 29 and 30 April.[31] Mark Selby and Alan McManus only completed seven of the scheduled eight frames in the first session of their match due to the length,[64] with Selby leading 4–3. Selby won eight of the nine in the second session to lead 12–4.[65] Selby won the second frame of the final session to win 13–5.[66] Having trailed 0–2 and needing three snookers in the third frame, O'Sullivan won 13 of the last 14 frames to defeat Shaun Murphy 13–3, ending the match with a session to spare.[67] Hawkins opened up a 6–2 lead over Dominic Dale in the first session,[68] and extended his lead to 11–5 after two sessions.[69]

In the final session, Dale fought back to win seven frames in a row and take the lead at 12–11, but Hawkins captured the last two frames to win the match 13–12.[70] Neil Robertson trailed Judd Trump 2–6 after the first session, and 6–9 after the second, before he won seven of the last nine frames to win the match 13–11.[71][72] In the 22nd frame, Robertson compiled his 100th century break of the 2013–14 snooker season.[73]

Semi-finals

Ronnie O'Sullivan won two matches with a session to spare for the first time since 2004

The semi-finals were played as best-of-33 frames matches over four sessions on 2 and 3 May.[31] O'Sullivan and Hawkins contested the first semi-final, a rematch of the previous year's final.[74] O'Sullivan lead at 10–2, but Hawkins won three of the next four to trail overnight 11–5.[75] O'Sullivan made breaks of 76, 55, 103 and 84 and later won the match 17–7 in the final frame of the third session.[76] This was the first time in ten years that a player had won two matches with a session to spare in the same event.[77] O'Sullivan himself last achieved this feat in 2004 when he defeated Anthony Hamilton 13–3 in the quarter-finals and Stephen Hendry 17–4 in the semi-finals.[78] That year, O'Sullivan won the championship one frame into the final session.[79]

In the second semi-final, a match that lasted 12 hours and 4 minutes,[80] Selby defeated Robertson 17–15 to reach his second World Championship final.[81] Selby had previously reached the final in 2007, when he lost to John Higgins.[82] During the match, Robertson extended his century break record to 103,[83] but his defeat meant that he lost his world number one position.[84]

Final

Mark Selby won his first world championship, defeating Ronnie O'Sullivan 18–14

The final was played on the 4 and 5 May 2014 between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby and was refereed by Brendan Moore.[31] This was the first time that Moore had presided over a World Championship final.[85] In the first session on Sunday afternoon, O'Sullivan took a 5–3 lead, which he extended in the evening session to 8–3 and 10–5, before Selby took the last two frames of the day to leave O'Sullivan with a 10–7 overnight lead.[86] O'Sullivan's highest break on the first day was a 131 in the 14th frame, while Selby's highest break of the day was just 62.[87]

The third session concluded after just six of the scheduled eight frames.[88] Selby won five of the six frames to go into the final session with a 12–11 lead.[89] He then won three of the first four frames of the evening session, extending his lead to 15–12 at the mid-session interval, before winning the final 18–14 to capture his first world title.[88] In all, Selby won 13 of the last 17 frames, and scored his two highest breaks of the match in frames 30 and 31 to increase his lead from 15–14 to 17–14.[90] The victory made Selby the ninth player to win all three Triple Crown events,[89] and reinstated him as the world number one.[91]

O'Sullivan said "I want to congratulate Mark on a fantastic tournament. He's been the best player over 17 days, that was tough he had me in all sorts of trouble. In the end I was numb as he was too strong and tough."[89] Selby dedicated the title to his late father, who died two months before he turned professional.[92]

Main draw

The draw for the first round took place on 17 April 2014, one day after the qualifying, and was broadcast live on World Snooker's YouTube channel at 12 pm BST.[93][94] The numbers in parentheses beside some of the players are their seeding ranks, whilst players in bold denote match winners. Below are the full results from the event.[95][96][97]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
19 April            
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) (1)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
  Robin Hull (FIN)  4  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
20 & 21 April
   England Joe Perry (16)  11  
  Joe Perry (ENG) (16)  10
29 & 30 April
  Jamie Burnett (SCO)  7  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
19 & 20 April
   England Shaun Murphy (9)  3  
  Shaun Murphy (ENG) (9)  10
27 & 28 April
  Jamie Cope (ENG)  9  
 England Shaun Murphy (9)  13
22 & 23 April
   Hong Kong Marco Fu (8)  8  
  Marco Fu (HKG) (8)  10
1 & 2 May
  Martin Gould (ENG)  7  
 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  17
22 & 23 April
   England Barry Hawkins (5)  7
  Barry Hawkins (ENG) (5)  10
25 & 26 April
  David Gilbert (ENG)  4  
 England Barry Hawkins (5)  13
21 & 22 April
   England Ricky Walden (12)  11  
  Ricky Walden (ENG) (12)  10
29 & 30 April
  Kyren Wilson (ENG)  7  
 England Barry Hawkins (5)  13
23 & 24 April
   Wales Dominic Dale  12  
  Mark Davis (ENG) (13)  5
26, 27 & 28 April
  Dominic Dale (WAL)  10  
 Wales Dominic Dale  13
20 & 21 April
   England Michael Wasley  4  
  Ding Junhui (CHN) (4)  9
  Michael Wasley (ENG)  10  
21 April            
  Mark Selby (ENG) (3)  10
24 & 25 April
  Michael White (WAL)  9  
 England Mark Selby (3)  13
19 & 20 April
   England Ali Carter (14)  9  
  Ali Carter (ENG) (14)  10
29 & 30 April
  Xiao Guodong (CHN)  8  
 England Mark Selby (3)  13
21 & 22 April
   Scotland Alan McManus  5  
  John Higgins (SCO) (11)  7
25 & 26 April
  Alan McManus (SCO)  10  
 Scotland Alan McManus  13
19 & 20 April
   Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty  8  
  Stuart Bingham (ENG) (6)  5
1, 2 & 3 May
  Ken Doherty (IRL)  10  
 England Mark Selby (3)  17
22 & 23 April
   Australia Neil Robertson (2)  15
  Judd Trump (ENG) (7)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
  Tom Ford (ENG)  8  
 England Judd Trump (7)  13
19 & 20 April
   Wales Ryan Day  7  
  Stephen Maguire (SCO) (10)  9
29 & 30 April
  Ryan Day (WAL)  10  
 England Judd Trump (7)  11
22 & 23 April
   Australia Neil Robertson (2)  13  
  Mark Allen (NIR) (15)  10
27 & 28 April
  Michael Holt (ENG)  4  
 Northern Ireland Mark Allen (15)  7
23 & 24 April
   Australia Neil Robertson (2)  13  
  Neil Robertson (AUS) (2)  10
  Robbie Williams (ENG)  2  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 4 & 5 May. Referee: Brendan Moore.[98][99]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)
England England
14–18 Mark Selby (3)
 England
77–0, 64–26, 102–0, 28–69, 47–68, 80–8, 36–72, 66–54, 99–24, 70–47, 67–27, 25–82, 45–96, 131–0, 85–0, 10–84, 9–78, 35–81, 23–77, 7–84, 29–89, 76–38, 67–70, 100–0, 24–67, 39–64, 4–90, 79–0, 66–47, 0–131, 14–87, 56–62 Match time: 11:12:43 (HH:MM:SS)
Average frame time: 21:01 (MM:SS)
Century breaks: 4 (O'Sullivan 3, Selby 1)
Highest break by O'Sullivan: 131
Highest break by Selby: 127
77–0, 64–26, 102–0, 28–69, 47–68, 80–8, 36–72, 66–54, 99–24, 70–47, 67–27, 25–82, 45–96, 131–0, 85–0, 10–84, 9–78, 35–81, 23–77, 7–84, 29–89, 76–38, 67–70, 100–0, 24–67, 39–64, 4–90, 79–0, 66–47, 0–131, 14–87, 56–62
England Mark Selby wins the 2014 Dafabet World Snooker Championship

Qualifying

The qualifying rounds 1–3 for the tournament took place between 8 and 13 April 2014 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, England. The final round of qualifying took place on 15 and 16 April 2014 at the same venue.[1][2][3] This was the first snooker event held at the venue.[100]

  Round 1
Best of 19 frames
Round 2
Best of 19 frames
Round 3
Best of 19 frames
Round 4
Best of 19 frames
                                     
China Zhang Anda 10   Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 10
Wales Andrew Pagett 2   China Zhang Anda 8     Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 10     Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 10
England Craig Steadman 10   England Steve Davis 8   England Craig Steadman 6     Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 5
Wales Jak Jones 7   England Craig Steadman 10
England Liam Highfield 10   England Jimmy Robertson 10
Libya Khaled Belaid Abumdas 2   England Liam Highfield 7     England Jimmy Robertson 10     England David Gilbert 10
Thailand Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 10   Scotland Anthony McGill 10   Scotland Anthony McGill 9     England Jimmy Robertson 6
England Sanderson Lam 8   Thailand Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 7
England Barry Pinches 10   England Alfie Burden 10
England Hammad Miah 3   England Barry Pinches 4     England Alfie Burden 3     Scotland Graeme Dott 7
England Kyren Wilson 10   England Rod Lawler 3   England Kyren Wilson 10     England Kyren Wilson 10
England Chris Norbury 6   England Kyren Wilson 10
England Martin O'Donnell 10   England Andrew Higginson 10
England Shane Castle 1   England Martin O'Donnell 5     England Andrew Higginson 10     Wales Dominic Dale 10
Wales Daniel Wells 10   Norway Kurt Maflin 10   Norway Kurt Maflin 3     England Andrew Higginson 6
England Ryan Clark 9   Wales Daniel Wells 7
England Jamie O'Neill 9   England Peter Lines 10
China Cao Xinlong 10   China Cao Xinlong 9     England Peter Lines 8     Wales Mark Williams 8
England Paul Davison 10   Scotland Alan McManus 10   Scotland Alan McManus 10     Scotland Alan McManus 10
England Chris Wakelin 9   England Paul Davison 2
Scotland Michael Leslie 6   India Aditya Mehta 10
England Christopher Keogan 10   England Christopher Keogan 4     India Aditya Mehta 5     England Michael Holt 10
England Joel Walker 10   Wales Jamie Jones 10   Wales Jamie Jones 10     Wales Jamie Jones 6
England Allan Taylor 8   England Joel Walker 9
Thailand James Wattana 9   Scotland Marcus Campbell 4
Malta Alex Borg 10   Malta Alex Borg 10     Malta Alex Borg 7     England Mark King 7
England Sam Baird 9   England Jamie Cope 10   England Jamie Cope 10     England Jamie Cope 10
England John Astley 10   England John Astley 2
England Gary Wilson 4   England Tom Ford 10
England James Cahill 10   England James Cahill 6     England Tom Ford 10     Wales Matthew Stevens 8
Belgium Luca Brecel 10   China Yu Delu 7   Belgium Luca Brecel 1     England Tom Ford 10
England Lee Page 8   Belgium Luca Brecel 10
China Chen Zhe 10   England Mark Joyce 10
England Antony Parsons 8   China Chen Zhe 8     England Mark Joyce 6     England Robert Milkins 9
England Michael Wasley 10   England Rory McLeod 6   England Michael Wasley 10     England Michael Wasley 10
England Sydney Wilson 9   England Michael Wasley 10
England Robbie Williams 10   China Liu Chuang 5
China Lyu Haotian 8   England Robbie Williams 10     England Robbie Williams 10     Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 9
China Li Hang 10   India Pankaj Advani 10   India Pankaj Advani 7     England Robbie Williams 10
Thailand Ratchayothin Yotharuck 5   China Li Hang 9
Malta Tony Drago 3   China Tian Pengfei 6
Finland Robin Hull 10   Finland Robin Hull 10     Finland Robin Hull 10     England Peter Ebdon 8
England Ian Burns 10   England Jimmy White 4   England Ian Burns 4     Finland Robin Hull 10
Scotland Fraser Patrick 6   England Ian Burns 10
England Sean O'Sullivan 9   England Martin Gould 10
England Mitchell Travis 10   England Mitchell Travis 1     England Martin Gould 10     China Liang Wenbo 7
England Adam Duffy 4   Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 8   Brazil Igor Figueiredo 1     England Martin Gould 10
Brazil Igor Figueiredo 10   Brazil Igor Figueiredo 10
Thailand Noppon Saengkham 9   Scotland Jamie Burnett 10
Australia Vinnie Calabrese 10   Australia Vinnie Calabrese 4     Scotland Jamie Burnett 10     England Ben Woollaston 8
Scotland Scott Donaldson 10   China Cao Yupeng 10   China Cao Yupeng 8     Scotland Jamie Burnett 10
Qatar Ahmed Saif 6   Scotland Scott Donaldson 5
England Stuart Carrington 10   England Jack Lisowski 7
England Andrew Norman 5   England Stuart Carrington 10     England Stuart Carrington 10     Wales Ryan Day 10
England David Grace 6   England Nigel Bond 10   England Nigel Bond 5     England Stuart Carrington 5
Scotland Ross Muir 10   Scotland Ross Muir 5
England Mike Dunn 2   England Matthew Selt 10
Scotland Rhys Clark 10   Scotland Rhys Clark 6     England Matthew Selt 10     Wales Michael White 10
Republic of Ireland David Morris 7   Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10   Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 2     England Matthew Selt 7
Switzerland Alexander Ursenbacher 10   Switzerland Alexander Ursenbacher 5
England Alex Davies 7   England Anthony Hamilton 7
Northern Ireland Joe Swail 10   Northern Ireland Joe Swail 10     Northern Ireland Joe Swail 8     China Xiao Guodong 10
China Li Yan 10   England Dave Harold 3   China Li Yan 10     China Li Yan 1
England Elliot Slessor 5   China Li Yan 10

Century breaks

Televised stage centuries

There were 58 century breaks in the televised stage of the World Championship.[40] For every century break made during the main tournament, Dafabet, donated £100 to the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.[101] Neil Robertson made the highest break of the event, a 140.[40]

Qualifying stage centuries

There were 69 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship:[102] The highest was a 139 by both Martin O'Donnell and Andrew Higginson.[102]

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