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The 1999 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1999 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17 April–3 May 1999 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates17 April–3 May 1999
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,400,000
Winner's share£230,000
Highest breakScotland John Higgins (142)
Final
ChampionScotland Stephen Hendry
Runner-upWales Mark Williams
Score18–11
1998
2000

John Higgins was the defending champion, but he lost in the semi-finals 10–17 against Mark Williams and became another World Champion who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title.

Stephen Hendry won his seventh and final World title by defeating Mark Williams in the final by 18 frames to 11.[1] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summaryEdit

  • Stephen Hendry won the world title for a seventh time, a record in the modern era, beating Ray Reardon and Steve Davis' six titles. Hendry won all his titles in the 1990s while Davis won his six in the 1980s and Reardon won his in the 1970s.[2]
  • During his first round match, Steve James compiled the 500th century break at the Crucible in frame seven.[3]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan came close to a maximum break in his semi-final match with Hendry. He missed the last pink to the middle pocket and his break ended at 134.[4]
  • O'Sullivan and Hendry made the most century breaks in a single match at the World Championship with eight.[5] The two players also made 4 centuries in 4 frames, with two tons each, the first time this has happened in any ranking event.
  • Dominic Dale scored 167 points in one frame in his match against Nigel Bond. He earned 44 penalty points and then made a century break. This is the highest number of points ever scored by a player in one frame in any ranking event.[6]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[7][8][9]

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).[7][8][10][11]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
17 April            
   John Higgins (1)  10
22, 23 & 24 April
   Gerard Greene  2  
   John Higgins (1)  13
19 & 20 April
     Mark King (16)  4  
   Mark King (16)  10
27 & 28 April
   Darren Morgan  8  
   John Higgins (1)  13
21 & 22 April
     Stephen Lee (9)  6  
   Stephen Lee (9)  10
25 & 26 April
   John Lardner  7  
   Stephen Lee (9)  13
21 April
     Alan McManus (8)  7  
   Alan McManus (8)  10
29, 30 April & 1 May
   Jimmy White  7  
   John Higgins (1)  10
20 April
     Mark Williams (5)  17
   Mark Williams (5)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
   Ian McCulloch  4  
   Mark Williams (5)  13
18 & 19 April
     Nick Walker  7  
   Alain Robidoux (12)  6
27 & 28 April
   Nick Walker  10  
   Mark Williams (5)  13
17 & 18 April
     Ken Doherty (4)  9  
   Nigel Bond (13)  10
23 & 24 April
   Dominic Dale  6  
   Nigel Bond (13)  11
18 & 19 April
     Ken Doherty (4)  13  
   Ken Doherty (4)  10
   Steve James  3  
21 & 22 April            
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
   Leo Fernandez  3  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
20 & 21 April
     Joe Perry  8  
   Steve Davis (14)  9
27 & 28 April
   Joe Perry  10  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
17 & 18 April
     John Parrott (6)  9  
   Anthony Hamilton (11)  9
22 & 23 April
   Chris Small  10  
   Chris Small  12
17 & 18 April
     John Parrott (6)  13  
   John Parrott (6)  10
29, 30 April & 1 May
   Terry Murphy  8  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
19 April
     Stephen Hendry (2)  17
   Peter Ebdon (7)  7
23 & 24 April
   Matthew Stevens  10  
   Matthew Stevens  13
17 & 18 April
     Tony Drago (10)  8  
   Tony Drago (10)  10
27 & 28 April
   Fergal O'Brien  4  
   Matthew Stevens  5
19 & 20 April
     Stephen Hendry (2)  13  
   James Wattana (15)  10
25 & 26 April
   Marco Fu  8  
   James Wattana (15)  7
20 & 21 April
     Stephen Hendry (2)  13  
   Stephen Hendry (2)  10
   Paul Hunter  8  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2 & 3 May 1999. Referee: Colin Brinded[12]
Mark Williams (5)
  Wales
11–18 Stephen Hendry (2)
  Scotland
47–82, 6–120, 16–51, 60–77, 75–0, 16–101, 73–16, 92–24, 24–77, 15–76, 65–20, 4–133, 75–49, 67–30, 22–64, 23–100, 85–51, 72–32, 0–78, 84–29, 10–106, 13–71, 62–75, 48–60, 45–72, 19–71, 89–0, 73–67, 40–88 Century breaks: 2 (Hendry 2)

Highest break by Williams: 89
Highest break by Hendry: 132

47–82, 6–120, 16–51, 60–77, 75–0, 16–101, 73–16, 92–24, 24–77, 15–76, 65–20, 4–133, 75–49, 67–30, 22–64, 23–100, 85–51, 72–32, 0–78, 84–29, 10–106, 13–71, 62–75, 48–60, 45–72, 19–71, 89–0, 73–67, 40–88
  Stephen Hendry wins the 1999 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

There were 53 century breaks in the championship.[13] The highest break was 142 made by John Higgins and 143 made by both Stephen Maguire and Barry Pinches at the televised and the qualifying stages respectively.[7]

QualifyingEdit

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

Round 1–2Edit

Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
  Ryan Day 10–5   Neil Selman   Paul Davison 10–6   Ryan Day   Lee Richardson 10–4   Paul Davison
  Barry Hawkins 10–3   Sean Lanigan   Barry Hawkins 10–3   Micky Roughan   Alfie Burden 10–4   Barry Hawkins
  Bjorn Haneveer 10–5   Steve Harrison   Bjorn Haneveer 10–3   Adrian Rosa   Bjorn Haneveer 10–9   Stefan Mazrocis
  Colm Gilcreest 10–4   David McDonnell   Colm Gilcreest 10–4   Eddie Manning   Gary Pointing 10–7   Colm Gilcreest
  Damian Massey 10–6   Grant Conquest   Damian Massey 10–8   Philip Williams   John Lardner 10–4   Damian Massey
  Stuart Bingham 10–5   Joe Delaney   Stuart Bingham 10–6   Alan Burnett   Stuart Bingham 10–6   Martin Dziewialtowski
  Robin Hull 10–8   Brian Roswell   Robin Hull 10–4   Stephen Murphy   Robin Hull 10–8   Peter McCullagh
  Nick Dyson 10–5   Tai Pichit   Nick Dyson 10–9   Oliver King   John Read 10–4   Nick Dyson
  Barry Pinches 10–3   Jeff Cundy   Barry Pinches 10–6   Jason Weston   Barry Pinches 10–2   Anthony Davies
  Kristján Helgason 10–6   Ali Carter   Kristján Helgason 10–8   Simon Bedford   Troy Shaw 10–7   Kristján Helgason
  Rory McLeod 10–7   Mark Farnsworth   Rory McLeod 10–7   Barry Mapstone   Nick Walker 10–6   Rory McLeod
  Jamie Bodle 10–8   Richard Jones   Nick Terry 10–6   Jamie Bodle   Nick Terry 10–6   Stuart Pettman
  Malcolm Bilclough 10–7   Mike Henson   Chris Shade 10–7   Malcolm Bilclough   Chris Shade 10–2   Wayne Brown
  Joe Jogia 10–6   Bob Chaperon   Joe Jogia 10–4   Jason Wallace   Leigh Griffin 10–5   Joe Jogia
  Guo Hua 10–3   Stuart Mann   Craig Harrison 10–8   Guo Hua   Craig Harrison 10–7   Wayne Jones
  Ian Sargent 10–6   Surinder Gill   Munraj Pal 10–8   Ian Sargent   Craig MacGillivray 10–7   Munraj Pal
  Neil Robertson 10–8   Johl Younger   Leo Fernandez 10–5   Neil Robertson   Leo Fernandez 10–5   Steve Judd
  Stephen Maguire 10–6   Adrian Gunnell   Stephen Maguire 10–9   Mark Fenton   Stephen Maguire 10–8   Sean Storey
  Mark Johnston-Allen 10–6   John Burns   Mark Johnston-Allen 10–5   Antony Bolsover   Joe Perry 10–4   Mark Johnston-Allen
  Eddie Barker 10–8   Keith Boon   Nigel Gilbert 10–9   Eddie Barker   Nigel Gilbert 10–7   Ian Brumby
  Gary Thomson 10–7   Dermot McGlinchey   Patrick Wallace 10–8   Gary Thomson   Dave Finbow 10–3   Patrick Wallace
  Geoff Dunn 10–3   Paul Cavney   Paul McPhillips 10–9   Geoff Dunn   Paul McPhillips 10–6   Jimmy Michie
  Avtar Sohanpal 10–9   Mike Dunn   Tony Knowles 10–7   Avtar Sohanpal   Tony Knowles 10–5   Marcus Campbell
  Kirk Stevens 10–8   Gary Lees   Joe Grech 10–6   Kirk Stevens   Joe Grech 10–6   Karl Payne
  John Whitty 10–8   Mehmet Husnu   John Whitty 10–8   James Reynolds   Stephen O'Connor 10–8   John Whitty
  Les Dodd 10–8   John Giles   Darryn Walker 10–8   Les Dodd   Chris Scanlon 10–9   Darryn Walker
  Sam Chong 10–3   Paul Clarke   Paul Sweeny 10–5   Sam Chong   Paul Sweeny 10–6   Mark Bennett
  Mike Hallett 10–4   Andy Neck   Robert Milkins 10–7   Mike Hallett   Robert Milkins 10–6   Mark Gray
  Craig Roper 10–5   Mark Miller   David McLellan 10–7   Craig Roper   Matthew Couch 10–5   David McLellan
  Matt Wilson 10–6   Stuart Reardon   Michael Holt 10–7   Matt Wilson   Michael Holt 10–7   Darren Clarke

OverseasEdit

Overseas Round
(Best of 19 frames)
  Stuart Bingham 10–4   Shawn Budd
  Marco Fu 10–0   Gareth Chilcott
  Mario Geudens 10–8   Patrick Delsemme
  Robin Hull 10–0   Tom Finstad
  Stephen Maguire 10–7   Phaitoon Phonbun
  Barry Pinches 10–3   Richard Somauroo

Round 1Edit

Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
  Gerard Greene 10–3   Lee Richardson
  Alfie Burden 10–4   Dene O'Kane
  Nick Pearce 10–7   Bjorn Haneveer
  Gary Ponting 10–5   David Roe
  John Lardner 10–5   Neal Foulds
  Quentin Hann 10–8   Stuart Bingham
  Joe Johnson 10–7   Robin Hull
  Dean Reynolds 10–4   John Read
  Ian McCulloch 10–9   Barry Pinches
  Peter Lines 10–8   Troy Shaw
  Nick Walker 10–3   Dennis Taylor
  Rod Lawler 10–3   Nick Terry
  Mark Davis 10–4   Chris Shade
  Leigh Griffin 10–6   Lee Walker
  Steve James 10–5   Craig Harrison
  Craig MacGillivray 10–8   Tony Chappel
  Leo Fernandez 10–9   Paul Davies
  Bradley Jones 10–7   Stephen Maguire
  Joe Perry 10–8   Mick Price
  Nigel Gilbert 10–9   Joe Swail
  Dave Finbow 10–5   Jason Prince
  Drew Henry 10–6   Paul McPhillips
  Michael Judge 10–4   Tony Knowles
  Mario Geudens 10–6   Tony Jones
  Jonathan Birch 10–2   Joe Grech
  Stephen O'Connor 10–5   David Gray
  Chris Scanlon 10–7   Shokat Ali
  Paul Sweeny 10–0   Willie Thorne
  Marco Fu 10–2   Mick Price
  Robert Milkins 10–6   Karl Broughton
  Euan Henderson 10–6   Matthew Couch
  Paul Wykes 10–8   Michael Holt

Round 2–3Edit

[7]

Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 3
(Best of 19 frames)
  Gerard Greene 10–8   Alfie Burden   Gerard Greene 10–2   Andy Hicks
  Nick Pearce 10–7   Gary Ponting   Darren Morgan 10–9   Nick Pearce
  John Lardner 10–8   Quinten Hann   John Lardner 10–2   Martin Clark
  Dean Reynolds 10–5   Joe Johnson   Jimmy White 10–7   Dean Reynolds
  Ian McCulloch 10–6   Peter Lines   Ian McCulloch 10–9   Gary Wilkinson
  Nick Walker 10–8   Rod Lawler   Nick Walker 10–6   Jamie Burnett
  Leigh Griffin 10–5   Mark Davis   Dominic Dale 10–6   Leigh Griffin
  Steve James 10–5   Craig MacGillivray   Steve James 10–6   Billy Snaddon
  Leo Fernandez 10–9   Bradley Jones   Leo Fernandez 10–5   Brian Morgan
  Joe Perry 10–6   Nigel Gilbert   Joe Perry 10–7   Dave Harold
  Dave Finbow 10–8   Drew Henry   Chris Small 10–2   Dave Finbow
  Michael Judge 10–6   Mario Geudens   Terry Murphy 10–9   Michael Judge
  Jonathan Birch 10–7   Stephen O'Connor   Matthew Stevens 10–6   Jonathan Birch
  Chris Scanlon 10–5   Paul Sweeny   Fergal O'Brien 10–7   Chris Scanlon
  Marco Fu 10–4   Robert Milkins   Marco Fu 10–4   Graeme Dott
  Euan Henderson 10–8   Paul Wykes   Paul Hunter 10–5   Euan Henderson

ReferencesEdit

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