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2000 World Snooker Championship

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.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates15 April–1 May 2000
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,460,000
Winner's share£240,000
Highest breakWales Matthew Stevens (143)
Final
ChampionWales Mark Williams
Runner-upWales Matthew Stevens
Score18–16
1999
2001

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 summaryEdit

  • 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]
  • The pre-tournament favourite Stephen Hendry[3] was eliminated in the first round by Crucible debutant and future world champion 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.[4]
  • Joe Swail returned to the top 16 in the snooker world rankings after reaching the semi-final against Matthew Stevens.[5]
  • Swail's place in the semi-finals 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.[5][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 fundEdit

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

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).[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            
   Stephen Hendry (1)  7
21 & 22 April
   Stuart Bingham  10  
   Stuart Bingham  9
19 & 20 April
     Jimmy White (16)  13  
   Jimmy White (16)  10
25 & 26 April
   Billy Snaddon  7  
   Jimmy White (16)  7
17 & 18 April
     Matthew Stevens (9)  13  
   Matthew Stevens (9)  10
23 & 24 April
   Tony Drago  2  
   Matthew Stevens (9)  13
19 April
     Alan McManus (8)  4  
   Alan McManus (8)  10
27, 28 & 29 April
   Nigel Bond  7  
   Matthew Stevens (9)  17
18 April
     Joe Swail  12
   John Parrott (5)  10
22, 23 & 24 April
   Gary Wilkinson  9  
   John Parrott (5)  12
15 & 16 April
     Joe Swail  13  
   Paul Hunter (12)  6
25 & 26 April
   Joe Swail  10  
   Joe Swail  13
16 & 17 April
     Dominic Dale  9  
   Peter Ebdon (13)  6
20 & 21 April
   Dominic Dale  10  
   Dominic Dale  13
16 & 17 April
     David Gray  1  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  9
   David Gray  10  
15 & 16 April            
   Mark Williams (3)  10
20 & 21 April
   John Read  4  
   Mark Williams (3)  13
15 & 16 April
     Drew Henry  9  
   Mark King (14)  8
25 & 26 April
   Drew Henry  10  
   Mark Williams (3)  13
15 & 16 April
     Fergal O'Brien (11)  5  
   Fergal O'Brien (11)  10
21 & 22 April
   Chris Small  8  
   Fergal O'Brien (11)  13
18 & 19 April
     Stephen Lee (6)  8  
   Stephen Lee (6)  10
27, 28 & 29 April
   Kristján Helgason  3  
   Mark Williams (3)  17
17 & 18 April
     John Higgins (2)  15
   Ken Doherty (7)  10
22, 23 & 24 April
   Darren Morgan  3  
   Ken Doherty (7)  12
17 April
     Anthony Hamilton (10)  13  
   Anthony Hamilton (10)  10
25 & 26 April
   Marco Fu  4  
   Anthony Hamilton (10)  3
18 & 19 April
     John Higgins (2)  13  
   Steve Davis (15)  10
23 & 24 April
   Graeme Dott  6  
   Steve Davis (15)  11
19 & 20 April
     John Higgins (2)  13  
   John Higgins (2)  10
   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
  Mark Williams wins the 2000 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaksEdit

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]

QualifyingEdit

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

Round 1Edit

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

Round 1–2Edit

Round 1
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
  Stuart Bingham 10–4   Mehmet Husnu   Stuart Bingham 10–8   Ian McCulloch
  Dene O'Kane 10–5   Barry Mapstone   Dene O'Kane 10–8   Steve James
  Colm Gilcreest 10–0   Karl Burrows   Colm Gilcreest 10–5   Jimmy Michie
  Stefan Mazrocis 10–4   Hugh Abernethy   Stefan Mazrocis 10–5   Jason Prince
  Ali Carter 10–6   Martin Dziewialtowski   Joe Perry 10–5   Ali Carter
  Noppadon Noppachorn 10–7   Sean Storey   Noppadon Noppachorn 10–6   Marcus Campbell
  Tony Jones 10–4   Wayne Saidler   Euan Henderson 10–4   Tony Jones
  Sean Lanigan 10–8   Dennis Taylor   Peter Lines 10–4   Sean Lanigan
  Willie Thorne 10–6   Adrian Gunnell   Jason Ferguson 10–7   Willie Thorne
  Tony Knowles 10–8   Chris Shade   Dean Reynolds 10–4   Tony Knowles
  Karl Broughton 10–8   Gareth Chilcott   Bradley Jones 10–6   Karl Broughton
  Stephen Maguire 10–7   Wayne Brown   Stephen Maguire 10–4   Nick Walker
  Patrick Wallace 10–8   Matthew Street   Patrick Wallace 10–6   Gerard Greene
  Stuart Pettman 10–5   Mike Dunn   Stuart Pettman 10–8   Alfie Burden
  Munraj Pal 10–8   Stephen O'Connor   David Gray 10–5   Munraj Pal
  Lee Spick 10–8   Nick Pearce   David Roe 10–5   Lee Spick
  Mark Davis 10–9   Mario Geudens   John Read 10–4   Mark Davis
  Ryan Day 10–6   Steve Judd   Neal Foulds 10–9   Ryan Day
  Leigh Griffin 10–6   Jason Weston   Drew Henry 10–6   Leigh Griffin
  Phaitoon Phonbun 10–6   David McDonnell   Matthew Couch 10–7   Phaitoon Phonbun
  Craig MacGillivray 10–4   Lee Richardson   Paul Davies 10–3   Craig MacGillivray
  Robert Milkins 10–8   Michael Holt   Gary Ponting 10–8   Robert Milkins
  Kristján Helgason 10–2   John Lardner   Kristján Helgason 10–5   Joe Johnson
  Malcolm Bilclough 10–9   Mark Gray   Rod Lawler 10–6   Malcolm Bilclough
  Michael Judge 10–8   Wayne Jones   Michael Judge 10–9   Lee Walker
  Tony Chappel 10–6   Paul Sweeny   Tony Chappel 10–7   Martin Clark
  Patrick Delsemme 10–4   Shokat Ali   Marco Fu 10–7   Patrick Delsemme
  David McLellan 10–9   Chris Scanlon   Dave Finbow 10–4   David McLellan
  Eddie Manning 10–9   Troy Shaw   Eddie Manning 10–9   Jonathan Birch
  Andrew Higginson 10–2   Leo Fernandez   Alain Robidoux 10–5   Andrew Higginson
  Anthony Davies 10–9   Nick Terry   Anthony Davies 10–2   Mick Price
  Mark Bennett 10–1   Nick Dyson   Mark Bennett 10–4   Paul Wykes

Round 3–4Edit

[12]

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

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