1994 World Snooker Championship

The 1994 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1994 Embassy World Snooker Championship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 16 April and 2 May 1994 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates16 April–2 May 1994
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,068,000
Winner's share£180,000
Highest breakScotland Alan McManus (143)
Final
ChampionScotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-upEngland Jimmy White
Score18–17
1993
1995

Stephen Hendry won his fourth world title by defeating Jimmy White 18–17 in the final. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

OverviewEdit

  • Stephen Hendry won his third consecutive world title and his fourth in five years. This was a more remarkable achievement as he played all matches except the first round with a broken elbow.[1]
  • This was Jimmy White's fifth consecutive final appearance, his fourth against Hendry, and his sixth overall. The match went to a deciding frame. White got the first chance, but missed a black off the spot and Hendry cleared up to clinch the title. This was White's last appearance in a world championship final and the closest he ever came to winning the tournament.
  • Earlier in the tournament, Hendry guaranteed that he would remain world number 1 with a 16–9 semi-final victory over Steve Davis.[2] This was Davis' eleventh and last appearance in a World Championship semi-final.
  • Two-time world champion Alex Higgins qualified for the championship for the last time, and was beaten 10–6 in the first round by Ken Doherty.[3]
  • An 18-year-old Ronnie O'Sullivan knocked out 1985 champion Dennis Taylor, who was also making his final world championship appearance, beating him 10–6 in round one. This was also O'Sullivan's first match win at the Crucible after he lost in the first round on his debut the previous year.
  • Another former champion, Cliff Thorburn, who was also making his final world championship appearance, lost 10–9 in the first round to Nigel Bond after leading 9–2.[2]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[4][5][6]

Main drawEdit

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).[4][5][7][8][9]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
16 April            
   Stephen Hendry (1)  10
21 & 22 April
   Surinder Gill  1  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  13
16 & 17 April
     Dave Harold  2  
   David Roe (16)  8
26 & 27 April
   Dave Harold  10  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  13
17 & 18 April
     Nigel Bond (9)  8  
   Nigel Bond (9)  10
22 & 23 April
   Cliff Thorburn  9  
   Nigel Bond (9)  13
18 & 19 April
     Terry Griffiths (8)  8  
   Terry Griffiths (8)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
   Mark Davis  7  
   Stephen Hendry (1)  16
19 April
     Steve Davis (4)  9
   James Wattana (5)  10
24 & 25 April
   Peter Ebdon  6  
   James Wattana (5)  13
20 & 21 April
     Brian Morgan  9  
   Martin Clark (12)  9
26 & 27 April
   Brian Morgan  10  
   James Wattana (5)  9
17 & 18 April
     Steve Davis (4)  13  
   Steve James (13)  10
23 & 24 April
   Les Dodd  9  
   Steve James (13)  3
20 April
     Steve Davis (4)  13  
   Steve Davis (4)  10
   Dene O'Kane  3  
16 & 17 April            
   Jimmy White (3)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
   Billy Snaddon  6  
   Jimmy White (3)  13
20 & 21 April
     Neal Foulds (14)  10  
   Neal Foulds (14)  10
26 & 27 April
   Anthony Davies  7  
   Jimmy White (3)  13
18 April
     Ken Doherty (11)  10  
   Ken Doherty (11)  10
22 & 23 April
   Alex Higgins  6  
   Ken Doherty (11)  13
19 & 20 April
     Alan McManus (6)  11  
   Alan McManus (6)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
   Fergal O'Brien  7  
   Jimmy White (3)  16
19 & 20 April
     Darren Morgan (10)  8
   Willie Thorne (7)  10
24 & 25 April
   Gary Ponting  2  
   Willie Thorne (7)  12
18 & 19 April
     Darren Morgan (10)  13  
   Darren Morgan (10)  10
26 & 27 April
   Mark King  5  
   Darren Morgan (10)  13
16 April
     John Parrott (2)  11  
   Dennis Taylor (15)  6
21 & 22 April
   Ronnie O'Sullivan  10  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan  3
17 April
     John Parrott (2)  13  
   John Parrott (2)  10
   Drew Henry  9  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1 & 2 May 1994. Referee: John Williams[10]
Stephen Hendry (1)
  Scotland
18–17 Jimmy White (3)
  England
7–94, 64–52, 89–0, 68–21, 93–24, 76–0, 1–85, 68–70, 42–85, 29–72, 15–110, 37–84, 71–54, 59–60, 94–27, 15–64, 71–26, 89–0, 0–77, 25–69, 73–4, 88–13, 53–64, 72–34, 56–61, 68–31, 66–34, 67–34, 0–116, 72–39, 66–71, 66–67, 68–0, 0–85, 82–37 Century breaks: 1 (White 1)

Highest break by Hendry: 89
Highest break by White: 116

7–94, 64–52, 89–0, 68–21, 93–24, 76–0, 1–85, 68–70, 42–85, 29–72, 15–110, 37–84, 71–54, 59–60, 94–27, 15–64, 71–26, 89–0, 0–77, 25–69, 73–4, 88–13, 53–64, 72–34, 56–61, 68–31, 66–34, 67–34, 0–116, 72–39, 66–71, 66–67, 68–0, 0–85, 82–37
  Stephen Hendry wins the 1994 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were 35 century breaks in the Championship, a joint record with the 1993 tournament. The highest break of the tournament was 143 made by Alan McManus.[11][12] The highest break of the qualifying stage was 143 made by Karl Payne.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Snooker / World Championship: Hendry holds nerve to deny White again: Champion staggers rather than swaggers on to equal Davis's record of winning title for third successive year at The Crucible
  2. ^ a b 1994: Hendry beats White in classic
  3. ^ Alex Higgins, snooker's anti-hero, dies aged 61
  4. ^ a b c "World Championship 1994". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  5. ^ a b "1994 Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship". Snooker.org. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  6. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  7. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  8. ^ "1994 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 38–39.
  10. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  11. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 148.

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