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The 2008 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2008 888.com World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 19 April and 5 May 2008 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

888.com World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates19 April–5 May 2008
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,050,000
Winner's share£250,000
Highest breakEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan (147)
England Ali Carter (147)
Final
ChampionEngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-upEngland Ali Carter
Score18–8
2007
2009

John Higgins was the defending champion, but he lost in the second round 9–13 against Ryan Day.

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his third world title by defeating Ali Carter 18–8 in the final. It was O'Sullivan's 20th ranking title.[1] The tournament was sponsored by online casino 888.com.

Contents

Tournament summaryEdit

First roundEdit

Second roundEdit

  • Ryan Day reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the first time in his career by beating the defending champion John Higgins 13–9.[11]
  • Stephen Hendry reached the quarter-finals for the seventeenth time in his career.[12]
  • Liang Wenbo suffered embarrassment when he punched the air in premature celebration of a 13–10 victory over Swail, only for Swail to gain a snooker and take the frame. Swail recovered to level at 12–12, only to miss the brown while clearing the colours in the final frame and lose the match 13–12. The result meant that he would not be in the top 16 the following season. After the match Swail complained bitterly that in the final frame the referee had incorrectly replaced the cue ball after calling a miss, giving Liang an easier escape from a snooker, and accused Liang of unprofessional conduct for not pointing out the referee's mistake.[13]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan scored a maximum break against Mark Williams in the final frame of their match, the ninth of his career in competitive competition, beating Stephen Hendry's record of eight. This was O'Sullivan's third at the Crucible.[14]
  • Following his loss to Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Williams dropped out of the top 16 of the World Rankings after twelve seasons in it.[15]
  • Stephen Maguire repeated his first round feat by winning the first eight frames in the first session of his match against Neil Robertson.[10]

Quarter-finalsEdit

  • Ali Carter made the third maximum break of the year (seventh of the 2007/2008 season). This came just a day after Ronnie O'Sullivan's maximum, the first time there have been two 147 breaks in the main draw of the same ranking tournament. Peter Ebdon came very close to a maximum of his own just a frame earlier, but narrowly missed the fifteenth black. Just minutes before on the other table, Stephen Hendry was also attempting a maximum of his own but missed the fifteenth red.[16]
  • Stephen Hendry reached the 12th Crucible semi-final of his career, setting a record for one-table appearances that still stands.[17]
  • Liang Wenbo became the first player from mainland China to reach this stage.[16]

Semi-finalsEdit

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan whitewashed Stephen Hendry 8–0 in their second session, extending O'Sullivan's streak to eleven consecutive frames against the former seven-time world champion. With winning the opening frame of the third session, he extended the winning streak to 12 consecutive frames. At one point O'Sullivan scored 448 points without reply. This was the first time Hendry had lost every frame in a full session at the Crucible.[18] O'Sullivan won the match 17–6 with a session to spare.[19]
  • This was Stephen Hendry's last world Championship semi-final, 19 years after his first.
  • Ali Carter reached his first ever ranking final by beating Joe Perry 17–15.[20]

FinalEdit

  • For the first time in the history of any snooker tournament, both finalists had compiled maximum breaks in earlier rounds.
  • For the first time since 1991 two Englishmen played in the final. In 1991 John Parrott defeated Jimmy White 18–11.[21]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan became only the third player after Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry to win more than two World titles at the Crucible.[21]
  • The start of the final session was briefly interrupted by a streaker who ran onto the stage and then crawled under the snooker table.[22]
  • In post-match interviews, both players admitted to not having played particularly well, with O'Sullivan commenting "Ali and I are disappointed not to put on a better performance". Carter's performance was described as "jaded".[23]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[10][24]

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).[10][25]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
19 April            
   John Higgins (1)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
   Matthew Stevens  5  
   John Higgins (1)  9
20 & 21 April
     Ryan Day (16)  13  
   Ryan Day (16)  10
29 & 30 April
   Michael Judge  6  
   Ryan Day (16)  7
22 April
     Stephen Hendry (8)  13  
   Ding Junhui (9)  10
25 & 26 April
   Marco Fu  9  
   Ding Junhui (9)  7
20 & 21 April
     Stephen Hendry (8)  13  
   Stephen Hendry (8)  10
1 & 2 May
   Mark Allen  9  
   Stephen Hendry (8)  6
23 & 24 April
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)  17
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
   Liu Chuang  5  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)  13
21 & 22 April
     Mark Williams (12)  7  
   Mark Williams (12)  10
29 & 30 April
   Mark Davis  3  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)  13
19 & 20 April
     Liang Wenbo  7  
   Stephen Lee (13)  4
27 & 28 April
   Joe Swail  10  
   Joe Swail  12
23 April
     Liang Wenbo  13  
   Ken Doherty (4)  5
   Liang Wenbo  10  
22 & 23 April            
   Shaun Murphy (3)  10
25 & 26 April
   Dave Harold  3  
   Shaun Murphy (3)  4
19 & 20 April
     Ali Carter (14)  13  
   Ali Carter (14)  10
29 & 30 April
   Barry Hawkins  9  
   Ali Carter (14)  13
21 & 22 April
     Peter Ebdon (6)  9  
   Mark Selby (11)  8
24 & 25 April
   Mark King  10  
   Mark King  9
19 & 20 April
     Peter Ebdon (6)  13  
   Peter Ebdon (6)  10
1, 2 & 3 May
   Jamie Cope  9  
   Ali Carter (14)  17
19 & 20 April
     Joe Perry  15
   Neil Robertson (7)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
   Nigel Bond  4  
   Neil Robertson (7)  7
23 & 24 April
     Stephen Maguire (10)  13  
   Stephen Maguire (10)  10
29 & 30 April
   Anthony Hamilton  3  
   Stephen Maguire (10)  12
21 April
     Joe Perry  13  
   Steve Davis (15)  8
27 & 28 April
   Stuart Bingham  10  
   Stuart Bingham  9
22 & 23 April
     Joe Perry  13  
   Graeme Dott (2)  7
   Joe Perry  10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 4 May & 5 May 2008. Referee:   Jan Verhaas[26]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)
  England
18–8 Ali Carter (14)
  England
81–56, 127–0, 99–0, 0–104, 86–4, 62–76, 65–18, 73–0, 78–0, 36–60, 86–4, 28–93, 45–80, 123–0, 77–32, 110–5, 66–48, 74–0, 25–64, 85–0, 0–84, 58–42, 4–89, 68–39, 75–32, 62–16 2 century breaks: 1 (Carter) 1 (O'Sullivan)

Highest break by O'Sullivan: 106
Highest break by Carter: 104

81–56, 127–0, 99–0, 0–104, 86–4, 62–76, 65–18, 73–0, 78–0, 36–60, 86–4, 28–93, 45–80, 123–0, 77–32, 110–5, 66–48, 74–0, 25–64, 85–0, 0–84, 58–42, 4–89, 68–39, 75–32, 62–16
  Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the 2008 888.com World Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifyingEdit

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place at Pontin's in Prestatyn, Wales between 3 and 5 January 2008.[10]

Round 1

  Phil Seaton 5–2   Donald Newcombe

Round 2

  Colin Mitchell 5–4   Phil Seaton
  Les Dodd 1–5   David Singh
  Adam Osbourne 0–5   Sean Storey
  Tony Knowles 5–1   Ali Bassiri
  Neil Selman 5–1   John Wilson
  Ian Stark 5–4   Del Smith
  Tony Brown 5–1   Christopher Flight
  Stephen Ormerod w/o–w/d   Paul Wykes

Round 3

  Colin Mitchell 5–3   David Singh
  Sean Storey 5–0   Tony Knowles
  Neil Selman 4–5   Ian Stark
  Tony Brown 3–5   Stephen Ormerod

QualifyingEdit

The qualifying rounds 1–4 for the tournament that place at Pontin's in Prestatyn, Wales between 6 and 11 January 2008. The final round of qualifying took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield between 7 and 10 March.[10]

Round 1

  Patrick Wallace 10–1   Sean Storey
  Jimmy Robertson 10–5   Stephen Ormerod
  Rodney Goggins 10–4   Ian Stark
  Liu Chuang 10–0   Colin Mitchell

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
  Alex Davies 10     Ian Preece 10     Adrian Gunnell 10     Stuart Bingham 10
  Steve Mifsud 2     Alex Davies 9     Ian Preece 9     Adrian Gunnell 3
  Mark Joyce 10     Jimmy Michie 10     Michael Judge 10     Michael Holt 6
  Patrick Wallace 8     Mark Joyce 4     Jimmy Michie 6     Michael Judge 10
  James McBain 10     Marcus Campbell 9     Fergal O'Brien 10     Jamie Cope 10
  Kevin Van Hove 2     James McBain 10     James McBain 4     Fergal O'Brien 5
  Tian Pengfei 10     Mike Dunn 10     Andrew Norman 2     Dave Harold 10
  Ashley Wright 4     Tian Pengfei 2     Mike Dunn 10     Mike Dunn 4
  Munraj Pal 8     David Roe 10     Andy Hicks 10     Barry Hawkins 10
  Xiao Guodong 10     Xiao Guodong 5     David Roe 5     Andy Hicks 8
  Matthew Selt 10     Jimmy White 10     A Higginson 7     Mark King 10
  Fraser Patrick 6     Matthew Selt 4     Jimmy White 10     Jimmy White 3
  Liu Song 10     Scott MacKenzie 10     James Wattana 8     Anthony Hamilton 10
  Jimmy Robertson 6     Liu Song 5     Scott MacKenzie 10     Scott MacKenzie 2
  Kurt Maflin 9     Paul Davies 8     John Parrott 10     Joe Perry 10
  Gareth Coppack 10     Gareth Coppack 10     Gareth Coppack 3     John Parrott 8
  Shailesh Jogia 4     Barry Pinches 10     Robert Milkins 4     Nigel Bond 10
  Michael White 10     Michael White 4     Barry Pinches 10     Barry Pinches 7
  Lee Spick 9     Judd Trump 10     Jamie Burnett 2     Joe Swail 10
  Rodney Goggins 10     Rodney Goggins 4     Judd Trump 10     Judd Trump 9
  Jamie O'Neill 8     Stuart Pettman 4     Rory McLeod 10     Matthew Stevens 10
  Martin Gould 10     Martin Gould 10     Martin Gould 8     Rory McLeod 5
  Liang Wenbo 10     Rod Lawler 6     Dave Gilbert 3     Ian McCulloch 5
  Ben Woollaston 3     Liang Wenbo 10     Liang Wenbo 10     Liang Wenbo 10
  Lee Walker 9     Joe Delaney 5     David Gray 5     Dominic Dale 9
  Liu Chuang 10     Liu Chuang 10     Liu Chuang 10     Liu Chuang 10
  Leo Fernandez 10     Drew Henry 2     Mark Davis 10     Gerard Greene 2
  Alfred Burden 4     Leo Fernandez 10     Leo Fernandez 9     Mark Davis 10
  David Morris 9     Robin Hull     Alan McManus 10     Marco Fu 10
  Supoj Saenla 10     Supoj Saenla W/O     Supoj Saenla 2     Alan McManus 3
  Tony Drago 9     Tom Ford 5     Ricky Walden 10     Mark Allen 10
  I Kachaiwong 10     I Kachaiwong 10     I Kachaiwong 4     Ricky Walden 8

Century breaksEdit

[10]

Televised stage centuriesEdit

The highest break received a prize of £10,000, and a 147 break received a prize of £147,000 – a total of £157,000. This prize was shared, as two players made a 147, thus winning £78,500 each. In total there were 63 century breaks made at this year's world championships.

Qualifying stage centuriesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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