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The 2001 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2001 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 21 April and 7 May 2001 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates21 April–7 May 2001
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,532,000
Winner's share£260,000
Highest breakNorthern Ireland Joe Swail (140)
Final
ChampionEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-upScotland John Higgins
Score18–14
2000
2002

Mark Williams was the defending champion, but he lost in the second round 12–13 against Joe Swail and became another first-time champion who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title.

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his first World title by defeating John Higgins 18–14 in the final. The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Contents

Tournament summaryEdit

  • Both Steve Davis and Jimmy White failed to qualify for the 2001 championship for the first time in their careers since 1979 and 1981 respectively.[1][2] They both lost in the final qualifying round. Davis lost 6–10 against Andy Hicks and White 7–10 against Michael Judge.[3]
  • Patrick Wallace reached the quarter-finals of the championship on his debut, however he never qualified for the main draw again.[4]

Prize fundEdit

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

  • Winner: £250,000
  • Runner-up: £147,000
  • Semi-final: £73,000
  • Quarter-final: £36,500
  • Last 16: £20,000
  • Last 32: £14,000
  • Last 48: £10,500
  • Last 64: £6,600
  • Last 96: £4,000
  • Last 128: £1,100
  • Highest break: £20,000
  • Maximum break: £147,000
  • Total: £1,532,000

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).[6][7][8]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
21 April[9]            
   Mark Williams (1)  10
26, 27 & 28 April[10]
   Billy Snaddon  4  
   Mark Williams (1)  12
25 April[9]
     Joe Swail (16)  13  
   Joe Swail (16)  10
1 & 2 May[11]
   Sean Storey  9  
   Joe Swail (16)  13
24 April[9]
     Patrick Wallace  11  
   Fergal O'Brien (9)  8
29 & 30 April[10]
   Mark King  10  
   Mark King  5
23 & 24 April[9]
     Patrick Wallace  13  
   Alan McManus (8)  2
3, 4 & 5 May[12]
   Patrick Wallace  10  
   Joe Swail (16)  11
25 & 26 April[9]
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  17
   Stephen Lee (5)  10
28, 29 & 30 April[10]
   Nigel Bond  3  
   Stephen Lee (5)  12
22 & 23 April[9]
     Peter Ebdon (12)  13  
   Peter Ebdon (12)  10
1 & 2 May[11]
   James Wattana  8  
   Peter Ebdon (12)  6
21 & 22 April[9]
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  13  
   Dave Harold (13)  10
27 & 28 April[10]
   Quinten Hann  5  
   Dave Harold (13)  6
22 & 23 April[9]
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  13  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  10
   Andy Hicks  2  
25 & 26 April[9]            
   Stephen Hendry (3)  10
29 & 30 April[10]
   Mark Davis  5  
   Stephen Hendry (3)  13
21 & 22 April[9]
     Paul Hunter (14)  5  
   Paul Hunter (14)  10
1 & 2 May[11]
   David Roe  6  
   Stephen Hendry (3)  5
21 & 22 April
     Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
   Anthony Hamilton (11)  10
26 & 27 April[10]
   Marcus Campbell  4  
   Anthony Hamilton (11)  5
21 & 22 April[9]
     Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
   Matthew Stevens (6)  10
3, 4 & 5 May[13]
   Tony Drago  1  
   Matthew Stevens (6)  15
23 April[9]
     John Higgins (2)  17
   Ken Doherty (7)  10
27 & 28 April[10]
   Nick Dyson  7  
   Ken Doherty (7)  13
23 & 24 April[9]
     Michael Judge  7  
   John Parrott (10)  6
1 & 2 May[11]
   Michael Judge  10  
   Ken Doherty (7)  6
24 & 25 April[9]
     John Higgins (2)  13  
   Marco Fu (15)  8
28, 29 & 30 April[10]
   Chris Small  10  
   Chris Small  8
24 & 25 April[9]
     John Higgins (2)  13  
   John Higgins (2)  10
   Graeme Dott  4  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. 6 & 7 May 2001.[14] Referee: Eirian Williams.[15]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)
  England
18–14 John Higgins (2)
  Scotland
92–41, 0–92, 81–0, 79–0, 56–47, 0–135, 90–28, 71–0, 49–72, 49–36, 2–53, 50–68, 99–0, 100–12, 22–108, 99–0, 81–26, 12–78, 139–0, 85–0, 133–0, 33–65, 21–67, 0–98, 19–68, 68–0, 78–43, 8–67, 5–101, 68–60, 69–71, 80–45 Century breaks: 4 (O'Sullivan 2, Higgins 2)

Highest break by O'Sullivan: 139
Highest break by Higgins: 135

92–41, 0–92, 81–0, 79–0, 56–47, 0–135, 90–28, 71–0, 49–72, 49–36, 2–53, 50–68, 99–0, 100–12, 22–108, 99–0, 81–26, 12–78, 139–0, 85–0, 133–0, 33–65, 21–67, 0–98, 19–68, 68–0, 78–43, 8–67, 5–101, 68–60, 69–71, 80–45
  Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the 2001 Embassy World Snooker Championship

QualifyingEdit

The qualifying matches were held between 20 February and 4 March 2001 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 2–4Edit

Round 2
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 3
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 4
(Best of 19 frames)
  Hugh Abernethy 10–4   Hasimu Tuerxun   Hugh Abernethy 10–8   Jason Prince   Rod Lawler 10–4   Hugh Abernethy
  Nick Dyson 10–7   Ian Brumby   Nick Dyson 10–8   Mark Gray   Nick Dyson 10–7   Steve James
  Tony Knowles 10–4   Colm Gilcreest   Tony Knowles 10–9   Dene O'Kane   Jimmy Michie 10–2   Tony Knowles
  Jason Weston 10–8   Lee Richardson   Nick Pearce 10–6   Jason Weston   Alain Robidoux 10–6   Nick Pearce
  Tom Ford 10–4   Scott Mackenzie   Barry Pinches 10–5   Tom Ford   Barry Pinches 10–5   Dave Finbow
  Craig Harrison w/o–w/d   Barry Pinches   Neal Foulds 10–9   Craig Harrison]   Jamie Burnett 10–5   Neal Foulds
  Farhan Mirza 10–8   Craig Roper   Shokat Ali 10–3   Farhan Mirza   Shokat Ali 10–7   Stuart Bingham
  Jeff Cundy 10–6   Ricky Walden   Mark Davis 10–3   Jeff Cundy   Mark Davis 10–4   Peter Lines
  Stephen Maguire 10–3   Troy Shaw   Stephen Maguire 10–3   John Lardner   Stephen Maguire 10–2   Stuart Pettman
  Sean Storey 10–6   Wayne Saidler   Sean Storey 10–2   Stephen O'Connor   Sean Storey 10–8   Gary Ponting
  Barry Hawkins w/o–w/d   Mark Bennett   Barry Hawkins 10–8   Robert Milkins   Bradley Jones 10–8   Barry Hawkins
  Noppadon Noppachorn 10–8   Anthony Bolsover   Noppadon Noppachorn 10–5   Mike Dunn   Noppadon Noppachorn 10–9   Paul Wykes
  Munraj Pal 10–2   Alan Burnett   Munraj Pal 10–3   Mick Price   Anthony Davies 10–6   Munraj Pal
  Paul McPhillips 10–7   Shailesh Jogia   Paul McPhillips 10–6   Tony Jones   Michael Judge 10–1   Paul McPhillips
  Bjorn Haneveer 10–4 Richard King   Bjorn Haneveer 10–2 Darren Clarke   Bjorn Haneveer 10–4   Jason Ferguson
  Craig Butler 10–9   Ryan Day   Craig Butler 10–7   Karl Broughton   Craig Butler 10–6   Lee Walker
  Patrick Delsemme w/o–w/d   Gareth Chilcott   Patrick Delsemme 10–8   Leigh Griffin   Patrick Delsemme 10–3   Gerard Greene
  Stefan Mazrocis 10–4   Mehmet Husnu   Steve Judd 10–8   Stefan Mazrocis   Alfie Burden 10–2   Steve Judd
  Jason Barton 10–7 Chris Shade   Jason Barton 10–8   Tony Chappel   Gary Wilkinson 10–5   Jason Barton
  Andrew Higginson 10–7   Bob Chaperon   Andrew Higginson 10–8   Adrian Gunnell   Michael Holt 10–5   Andrew Higginson
  Philip Williams 10–5   Mario Wehrmann   Philip Williams 10–8   Paul Sweeny   Andy Hicks 10–8   Philip Williams
  Eddie Manning 10–9   Mike Hallett   Wayne Brown 10–8   Eddie Manning   Euan Henderson 10–3   Wayne Brown
  Darryn Walker 10–4   Wayne Jones   Darryn Walker 10–9   Phaitoon Phonbun   Jonathan Birch 10–8   Darryn Walker
  Stuart Mann 10–5   Peter McCullagh   Stuart Mann 10–9   Martin Dziewialtowski   Stuart Mann 10–2   Matthew Couch
  James Reynolds 10–9   Joe Delaney   Dean Reynolds 10–7   James Reynolds   David Roe 10–8   Dean Reynolds
  Karl Burrows w/o–w/d   Nick Terry   Karl Burrows 10–3   Craig MacGillivray   Karl Burrows 10–7   John Read
  Robin Hull 10–7   Barry Mapstone   Ali Carter 10–4   Robin Hull   Marcus Campbell 10–8   Ali Carter
  Lee Spick 10–3   Matt Wilson   Kristján Helgason 10–7   Lee Spick   David Gray 10–4   Kristján Helgason
  Neil Robertson 10–9   David McLellan   Neil Robertson 10–9   Mark Fenton   Ian McCulloch 10–8   Neil Robertson
  Somporn Kathawung 10–4   Graham Lee   Somporn Kathawung 10–6   Willie Thorne   Joe Johnson 10–2   Somporn Kathawung
  Simon Bedford 10–5   Da Hailin   Simon Bedford 10–8   Leo Fernandez   Simon Bedford 10–3   Paul Davies
  Mark Selby 10–4   Stuart Reardon   Nick Walker 10–9   Mark Selby   Patrick Wallace 10–2   Nick Walker

Round 5–6Edit

[6]

Round 5
(Best of 19 frames)
Round 6
(Best of 19 frames)
  Nick Dyson 10–8   Rod Lawler   Nick Dyson 10–9   Brian Morgan
  Jimmy Michie 10–7   Alain Robidoux   Nigel Bond 10–6   Jimmy Michie
  Barry Pinches 10–5   Jamie Burnett   Chris Small 10–8   Barry Pinches
  Mark Davis 10–5   Shokat Ali   Mark Davis 10–9   Dominic Dale
  Sean Storey 10–5   Stephen Maguire   Sean Storey 10–9   Terry Murphy
  Bradley Jones 10–2   Noppadon Noppachorn   Mark King 10–6   Bradley Jones
  Michael Judge 10–9   Anthony Davies   Michael Judge 10–7   Jimmy White
  Bjorn Haneveer 10–7   Craig Butler   Graeme Dott 10–8   Bjorn Haneveer
  Patrick Delsemme 10–7   Alfie Burden   Quinten Hann 10–3   Patrick Delsemme
  Michael Holt 10–5   Gary Wilkinson   Billy Snaddon 10–6   Michael Holt
  Andy Hicks 10–9   Euan Henderson   Andy Hicks 10–6   Steve Davis
  Jonathan Birch 10–6   Stuart Mann   James Wattana 10–5   Jonathan Birch
  David Roe 10–8   Karl Burrows   David Roe 10–8   Darren Morgan
  Marcus Campbell 10–9   David Gray   Marcus Campbell 10–5   Drew Henry
  Ian McCulloch 10–4   Joe Johnson   Tony Drago 10–9   Ian McCulloch
  Patrick Wallace 10–9   Simon Bedford   Patrick Wallace 10–4   Joe Perry

Century breaksEdit

There were 53 century breaks in the Championship.[16] The highest break of the tournament was 140 made by Joe Swail.[6][17]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Jimmy White at the World Championships". Snooker Database. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
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  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Crucible: First round". BBC News. 27 April 2001. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
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  16. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 150.
  17. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2011.