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The 2004 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2004 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17 April and 3 May 2004 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates17 April–3 May 2004
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,378,920
Winner's share£250,000
Highest breakEngland Joe Perry (145)
Final
ChampionEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-upScotland Graeme Dott
Score18–8
2003
2005

Mark Williams was the defending champion, but he lost in the second round 11–13 against Joe Perry.

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his second world title by defeating Graeme Dott 18–8 in the final, despite Dott having led 5–0. This was the fourth biggest margin in a World final, subsequently equalled by O'Sullivan against Ali Carter in 2008.[1] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summaryEdit

  • Ryan Day was the only debutant this year. Day narrowly lost 9–10 to 1998 champion John Higgins in round one.
  • Chris Small was forced to retire from his first round match against Alan McManus due to pain from a degenerative spinal disease.[2] His condition would later force him to retire from the game permanently.[3]
  • Andy Hicks reached the second round by beating Quinten Hann in a match memorable for a near punch-up between the two players at the end, triggered by Hicks pointing out to Hann that he was likely to drop out of the top 16 as a result of the loss.[4]
  • Barry Pinches reached the last 16 for the first time in his career. defeated Jimmy White 10–8 in a match which overran and had to be completed after other matches. In the second round, he led Stephen Hendry 11–9 before losing a tight match 12–13. The 13-year gap between Pinches' first two Crucible appearances (1991–2004) remains an all-time record.
  • Six seeded players, Stephen Lee; Hann; Steve Davis; Peter Ebdon; Ken Doherty and Jimmy White, lost in the first round. Lee was defeated 7–10 by Lee Walker and Davis lost to Anthony Hamilton by the same score; 1997 champion Doherty was beaten by two-time semi-finalist Joe Swail 6–10 and Ebdon lost 8–10 against Ian McCulloch.
  • Doherty's defeat was the first time he had lost in round one since 1995.
  • O'Sullivan won both his quarter-final and semi-final matches with a session to spare; he defeated Hamilton 13–3 in the last eight.
  • O'Sullivan's 17–4 against Hendry was the biggest ever semi-final victory, replacing Hendry's 16–4 win over Terry Griffiths in 1992.[5]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[6][7][8]

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][9][10]

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[11]            
   Mark Williams (1)  10
22, 23 & 24 April[12]
   Dominic Dale  7  
   Mark Williams (1)  11
18 & 19 April[13]
     Joe Perry (16)  13  
   Joe Perry (16)  10
27 & 28 April[14]
   Robert Milkins  7  
   Joe Perry (16)  10
17 & 18 April[15]
     Matthew Stevens (9)  13  
   Matthew Stevens (9)  10
23 & 24 April[16]
   James Wattana  7  
   Matthew Stevens (9)  13
21 & 22 April[17]
     Paul Hunter (8)  12  
   Paul Hunter (8)  10
29, 30 April & 1 May[18]
   John Parrott  7  
   Matthew Stevens (9)  15
20 Aprils
     Graeme Dott (13)  17
   Stephen Lee (5)  7
24, 25 & 26 April[19]
   Lee Walker  10  
   Lee Walker  5
21 April[20]
     David Gray (12)  13  
   David Gray (12)  10
27 & 28 April[21]
   Ali Carter  7  
   David Gray (12)  7
19 & 20 April[22]
     Graeme Dott (13)  13  
   Graeme Dott (13)  10
25 & 26 April[23]
   Mark King  9  
   Graeme Dott (13)  13
18 & 19 April[24]
     John Higgins (4)  10  
   John Higgins (4)  10
   Ryan Day  9  
20 & 21 April[25]            
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  10
22 & 23 April[26]
   Stephen Maguire  6  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
17 & 18 April[27]
     Andy Hicks  11  
   Quinten Hann (14)  4
27 April[28]
   Andy Hicks  10  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  13
21 & 22 April[29]
     Anthony Hamilton  3  
   Steve Davis (11)  7
23 & 24 April[30]
   Anthony Hamilton  10  
   Anthony Hamilton  13
17 & 18 April[31]
     Joe Swail  11  
   Ken Doherty (6)  5
29, 30 April & 1 May[32]
   Joe Swail  10  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)  17
19 April[33]
     Stephen Hendry (2)  4
   Peter Ebdon (7)  8
25 & 26 April[34]
   Ian McCulloch  10  
   Ian McCulloch  13
17 & 18 April[2]
     Alan McManus (10)  6  
   Alan McManus (10)  10
27 & 28 April[35]
   Chris Small  1  
   Ian McCulloch  3
19 & 20 April[36]
     Stephen Hendry (2)  13  
   Jimmy White (15)  8
24, 25 & 26 April[37]
   Barry Pinches  10  
   Barry Pinches  12
20 & 21 April[38]
     Stephen Hendry (2)  13  
   Stephen Hendry (2)  10
   Stuart Pettman  2  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2 & 3 May 2004.[39] Referee:   Paul Collier[40]
Graeme Dott (13)
  Scotland
8–18 Ronnie O'Sullivan (3)
  England
71–34, 77–9, 108–0, 97–0, 61–0, 0–100, 17–63, 0–87, 0–87, 59–0, 47–64, 0–78, 87–0, 48–68, 1–68, 0–69, 1–71, 0–85, 119–2, 30–76, 43–85, 8–69, 44–91, 13–72, 8–92, 16–88 Century breaks: 2 (O'Sullivan 1, Dott 1).

Highest break by Dott: 106
Highest break by O'Sullivan: 100

71–34, 77–9, 108–0, 97–0, 61–0, 0–100, 17–63, 0–87, 0–87, 59–0, 47–64, 0–78, 87–0, 48–68, 1–68, 0–69, 1–71, 0–85, 119–2, 30–76, 43–85, 8–69, 44–91, 13–72, 8–92, 16–88
  Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the 2004 Embassy World Snooker Championship

QualifyingEdit

The matches were played at Pontin's, Prestatyn Sands in between 10–20 February 2004.[41]

1st Round (Best of 19 frames)

2nd Round (Best of 19 frames)

Rounds 3–6

Round 3 (Best of 19 Frames) Round 4 (Best of 19 Frames) Round 5 (Best of 19 Frames) Round 6 (Best of 19 Frames)
  Craig Butler 10–4   Tom Ford   Darren Morgan 10–8   Craig Butler   James Wattana 10–1   Darren Morgan   James Wattana 10–8   Dave Harold
  Ian Preece 10–5   Luke Simmonds   Dave Finbow 10–9   Ian Preece   Brian Morgan 10–9   Dave Finbow   Joe Swail 10–3   Brian Morgan
  Lee Walker 10–6   Gary Thomson   Lee Walker 10–7   Alfie Burden   Lee Walker 10–8   Barry Hawkins   Lee Walker 10–2   Mark Selby
  Peter Lines 10–6   Dave Gilbert   Peter Lines 10–4   Nick Walker   Nigel Bond 10–6   Peter Lines   Ian McCulloch 10–7   Nigel Bond
  Rory McLeod 10–3   Jason Prince   Rory McLeod 10–5   Bjorn Haneveer   Rory McLeod 10–6   Stuart Bingham   Robert Milkins 10–1   Rory McLeod
  Neil Robertson 10–2   Joe Delaney   Neil Robertson 10–4   Rod Lawler   Stephen Maguire 10–6   Neil Robertson   Stephen Maguire w-o   Robin Hull
  Simon Bedford 10–6   Liu Song   Andy Hicks 10–7   Simon Bedford   Andy Hicks 10–4   Jamie Burnett   Andy Hicks 10–8   Anthony Davies
  Leo Fernandez 10–5   Michael Rhodes   Leo Fernandez 10–8   Sean Storey   Leo Fernandez 10–9   Gerard Greene   Dominic Dale 10–8   Leo Fernandez
  Garry Hardiman 10–7   Kwan Poomjang   Shokat Ali 10–4   Garry Hardiman   Michael Holt 10–6   Shokat Ali   Anthony Hamilton 10–9   Michael Holt
  Munraj Pal 10- 5   Colm Gilcreest   Nick Dyson 10–9   Munraj Pal   Nick Dyson 10–4   Gary Wilkinson   Ali Carter 10–6   Nick Dyson
  Ryan Day 10–0   Tony Jones   Ryan Day 10–7   Mike Dunn   Ryan Day 10–6   Mark Davis   Ryan Day 10–7   Drew Henry
  Ricky Walden 10–4   Jason Ferguson   David Roe 10–5   Ricky Walden   Michael Judge 10–9   David Roe   John Parrott 10–9   Michael Judge
  Adrian Gunnell 10–5   Joe Meara   Adrian Gunnell 10–5   Jimmy Michie   Adrian Gunnell 10–7   Fergal O'Brien   Mark King 10–8   Adrian Gunnell
  Ding Junhui 10–5   Paul Davies   Ding Junhui 10–3   Marcus Campbell   Barry Pinches 10–7   Ding Junhui   Barry Pinches 10–2   Tony Drago
  Paul Wykes 10–8   Supoj Saenla   Patrick Wallace 10–4   Paul Wykes   Patrick Wallace 10–5   Jonathan Birch   Chris Small 10–7   Patrick Wallace
  Stuart Mann 10–2   Scott MacKenzie   Shaun Murphy 10–5   Stuart Mann   Stuart Pettman 10–7   Shaun Murphy   Stuart Pettman 10–7   Marco Fu

Century breaksEdit

There were 55 centuries in this year's championship. The highest break of the tournament was 145 made by Joe Perry.[7][42][43]

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