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The 2007 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2007 888.com World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament. The event began on 21 April and ran until 7 May 2007 (with the final continuing into the early hours of 8 May) at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

888.com World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates21 April–7 May 2007
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£941,000
Winner's share£220,000
Highest breakEngland Ali Carter (144)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upEngland Mark Selby
Score18–13
2006
2008

Graeme Dott was the defending champion, but lost in the first round 7–10 to Ian McCulloch and became another World Champion who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title.

John Higgins won his second World title by defeating qualifier Mark Selby 18–13 in the final. The tournament was sponsored by online casino 888.com.

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Tournament summaryEdit

  • This year's tournament saw the debut of future world champion and future world number one Judd Trump. Trump lost 6–10 to Shaun Murphy in the first round, after having led 6–5. Another future world number one, Ding Junhui, also made his debut this year; he lost heavily to Ronnie O'Sullivan 2–10 in the first round. A further notable debutant this year was future Masters champion Mark Allen who reached round 2 after knocking out third seed and 1997 Champion Ken Doherty 10–7.
  • Before the tournament began Ronnie O'Sullivan alleged that the WPBSA draw had been fixed,[1] after having been drawn in the first round against Ding, considered by bookmakers to be among the favourites for the title,[1][2] and noting that he had drawn European Open and UK Champion, Stephen Maguire, in both 2004 and 2005.[1] O'Sullivan later withdrew the accusation,[3] and made no formal complaint to the WPBSA, who maintain that the draw was genuine.[1]
  • Shaun Murphy came back from 7–12 down to win his quarter-final match 13–12 against Matthew Stevens, a feat never before accomplished in a best of 25 frame match.[4]
  • Former World champion John Parrott made his final appearance at the Crucible beating Steve Davis 10–9 in the first round before losing 13–8 to Shaun Murphy in the last 16.[5]
  • During his semi-final match, John Higgins compiled the Crucible's 1,000th century break in frame 29.[6][7]
  • Future three-time world champion Mark Selby reached his first final this year. Selby's run was a surprising one as he was a qualifier, had only made his debut in 2005 and had never previously got beyond the Last 16.
  • The final had the latest finish in history, with the conclusion of the 31st and final frame coming at 00:54 am BST, just two minutes later than in 2006.[8]
  • John Higgins' second title came nine years after his first, the longest gap between wins since his namesake Alex Higgins. Until 2018 this was the longest gap between titles at the Crucible.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[9][10]

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). The first round draw was done by presenters Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams of BBC Breakfast on 19 March and it was announced on Breakfast at 7.30 am BST the next day.[9][11][12][13][14]

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            
   Graeme Dott (1)  7
26, 27 & 28 April
   Ian McCulloch  10  
   Ian McCulloch  8
21 & 22 April
     Anthony Hamilton (16)  13  
   Anthony Hamilton (16)  10
1 & 2 May
   Marco Fu  3  
   Anthony Hamilton (16)  7
23 & 24 April
     Stephen Maguire (9)  13  
   Stephen Maguire (9)  10
27 & 28 April
   Joe Perry  3  
   Stephen Maguire (9)  13
24 April
     Joe Swail  8  
   Mark Williams (8)  9
3, 4 & 5 May
   Joe Swail  10  
   Stephen Maguire (9)  15
25 & 26 April
     John Higgins (5)  17
   John Higgins (5)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
   Michael Holt  4  
   John Higgins (5)  13
22 & 23 April
     Fergal O'Brien  4  
   Barry Hawkins (12)  9
1 & 2 May
   Fergal O'Brien  10  
   John Higgins (5)  13
25 April
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  9  
   Neil Robertson (13)  10
29 & 30 April
   Ryan Day  5  
   Neil Robertson (13)  10
22 & 23 April
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  13  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  10
   Ding Junhui  2  
23 & 24 April            
   Ken Doherty (3)  7
27 & 28 April
   Mark Allen  10  
   Mark Allen  9
21 & 22 April
     Matthew Stevens (14)  13  
   Matthew Stevens (14)  10
1 & 2 May
   Joe Delaney  2  
   Matthew Stevens (14)  12
21 & 22 April
     Shaun Murphy (6)  13  
   Steve Davis (11)  9
26 & 27 April
   John Parrott  10  
   John Parrott  8
23 April
     Shaun Murphy (6)  13  
   Shaun Murphy (6)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
   Judd Trump  6  
   Shaun Murphy (6)  16
21 & 22 April
     Mark Selby  17
   Peter Ebdon (7)  10
29 & 30 April
   Nigel Bond  7  
   Peter Ebdon (7)  8
24 & 25 April
     Mark Selby  13  
   Stephen Lee (10)  7
1 & 2 May
   Mark Selby  10  
   Mark Selby  13
25 & 26 April
     Ali Carter (15)  12  
   Ali Carter (15)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
   Andy Hicks  4  
   Ali Carter (15)  13
24 & 25 April
     Stephen Hendry (2)  6  
   Stephen Hendry (2)  10
   Dave Gilbert  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 6 & 7 May 2007. Referee:   Eirian Williams[15]
John Higgins (5)
  Scotland
18–13 Mark Selby
  England
73–25, 58–32, 19–95, 25–76, 10–132, 97–0, 98–24, 86–5, 75–0, 85–9, 101–24, 70–61, 59–75, 98–0, 78–55, 116–0, 36–73, 0–110, 36–65, 4–74, 0–66, 48–72, 81–40, 63–70, 75–2, 22–82, 54–77, 71–33, 57–43, 129–1, 78–1 Century breaks: 5 (Higgins 3, Selby 2)

Highest break by Higgins: 129
Highest break by Selby: 116

73–25, 58–32, 19–95, 25–76, 10–132, 97–0, 98–24, 86–5, 75–0, 85–9, 101–24, 70–61, 59–75, 98–0, 78–55, 116–0, 36–73, 0–110, 36–65, 4–74, 0–66, 48–72, 81–40, 63–70, 75–2, 22–82, 54–77, 71–33, 57–43, 129–1, 78–1
  John Higgins wins the 2007 888.com World Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifyingEdit

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place in Pontin's Prestatyn, Wales.[9][16]

Round 1

  Bradley Jones 5–0   Neil Selman
  Del Smith 5–4   Tony Knowles

Round 2

  Bradley Jones 5–0   Stephen Ormerod
  Les Dodd w/o-w/d   David Singh
  Ali Bassiri 0–5   Phil Seaton
  Del Smith 5–0   Barry Stark

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for the 2007 World Snooker Championship, was held between 23 February to 2 March 2007 at Pontin's, Prestatyn, Wales. The final qualifying round took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield between the 12–15 March 2007.[9][16]

Round 1

  Issara Kachaiwong 8–10   Bradley Jones
  Roy Stolk 10–7   Phil Seaton
  Ben Woollaston 10–3   Del Smith
  James Leadbetter 10–8   Les Dodd

Rounds 2–5

  Round 2
Best of 19 frames
  Round 3
Best of 19 frames
  Round 4
Best of 19 frames
  Round 5
Best of 19 frames
  Alfie Burden 10     Dave Gilbert 10     Gerard Greene 6     Mark King 6
  Robert Stephen 9     Alfie Burden 9     Dave Gilbert 10     Dave Gilbert 10
  Liu Song 10     Tony Drago 9     Adrian Gunnell 10     Michael Holt 10
  Dene O'Kane 3     Liu Song 10     Liu Song 8     Adrian Gunnell 7
  Judd Trump 10     Shokat Ali 7     Jamie Cope 7     James Wattana 5
  Bradley Jones 8     Judd Trump 10     Judd Trump 10     Judd Trump 10
  Tian Pengfei 10     Joe Jogia 10     Drew Henry 10     Joe Perry 10
  Roy Stolk 2     Tian Pengfei 4     Joe Jogia 7     Drew Henry 5
  Mark Joyce 10     Robin Hull w/d     Fergal O'Brien 10     Stuart Bingham 5
  Mohammed Shehab 6     Mark Joyce w/o     Mark Joyce 4     Fergal O'Brien 10
  Paul Wykes 3     Rory McLeod 10     Tom Ford 8     Andy Hicks 10
  Alex Borg 10     Alex Borg 6     Rory McLeod 10     Rory McLeod 4
  Lee Page 10     Paul Davies 10     Michael Judge 10     Marco Fu 10
  Dermot McGlinchey 1     Lee Page 1     Paul Davies 5     Michael Judge 9
  Matthew Couch 10     Jimmy Michie 10     Mark Davis 10     Ding Junhui 10
  Jamie Jones 5     Matthew Couch 4     Jimmy Michie 2     Mark Davis 6
  Ian Preece 10     Joe Delaney 10     Barry Pinches 9     Alan McManus 9
  Ben Woollaston 8     Ian Preece 7     Joe Delaney 10     Joe Delaney 10
  Liang Wenbo 10     Mike Dunn 10     Dave Harold 10     Joe Swail 10
  Jeff Cundy 5     Liang Wenbo 3     Mike Dunn 3     Dave Harold 9
  Paul Davison 10     Jamie Burnett 10     Jimmy White 4     Nigel Bond 10
  Peter Lines 8     Paul Davison 5     Jamie Burnett 10     Jamie Burnett 6
  Passakorn Suwannawat 10     David Roe 8     Marcus Campbell 10     Ryan Day 10
  Patrick Einsle 4     Passakorn Suwannawat 10     Passakorn Suwannawat 9     Marcus Campbell 5
  Chris Melling 6     Andrew Norman 10     Dominic Dale 10     Ian McCulloch 10
  David Morris 10     David Morris 8     Andrew Norman 8     Dominic Dale 4
  Lee Spick 10     Mark Allen 10     Rod Lawler 5     Robert Milkins 4
  Sean Storey 4     Lee Spick 5     Mark Allen 10     Mark Allen 10
  Chris Norbury 9     Stuart Pettman 3     John Parrott 10     David Gray 7
  James Leadbetter 10     James Leadbetter 10     James Leadbetter 7     John Parrott 10
  Andrew Higginson 10     Scott MacKenzie 6     Ricky Walden 10     Mark Selby 10
  Mark Boyle 4     Andrew Higginson 10     Andrew Higginson 9     Ricky Walden 6

Century breaksEdit

Televised stage centuriesEdit

There were 68 centuries scored in the televised stage of the 2007 championship, which was joint equal highest in the history of the tournament (with the tournament held in 2002) until 2009.[17][18]

Qualifying stage centuriesEdit

[9]

ReferencesEdit

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