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The 2009 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2009 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 18 April and 4 May at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. This was the first time that the World Snooker Championship had been sponsored by Betfred.[1]

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Tournament information
Dates18 April–4 May 2009
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,111,000
Winner's share£250,000
Highest breakScotland Stephen Hendry (147)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upEngland Shaun Murphy
Score18–9
2008
2010

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion, but he lost in the second round 11–13 against Mark Allen.

John Higgins won his third World title by defeating Shaun Murphy 18–9 in the final. It was Higgins' 20th ranking title.

Contents

Tournament summaryEdit

First roundEdit

Second roundEdit

  • Hendry won his 1,000th frame at the Crucible during his match against Ding Junhui. In this very frame Hendry compiled a 140 break. In total, at that moment Hendry had played over 1,700 frames at the Crucible, more than any other player. Hendry went on to win the match 13–10 and qualified for the quarter-finals for a record 18th time.[10] This was the second consecutive year that Hendry had knocked out Ding in the Last 16.
  • Mark Allen beat defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 13–11.[10] Allen made his best appearance at the tournament, ultimately reaching the semi-finals.[11] This would be the last time that O'Sullivan failed to reach the quarter finals until 2016.
  • Neil Robertson won four frames on the final black during the second session of his match with Ali Carter, and went on to win the match 13–8.[12]
  • John Higgins beat Jamie Cope 13–12 having trailed 10–12.
  • Stephen Maguire and Mark King set a new record for the longest frame ever played at the Crucible at 74 minutes 58 seconds,[13] breaking the previous record of 74 minutes 8 seconds set in the 2006 final between Peter Ebdon and Graeme Dott.[14]
  • The match between Mark Selby and Graeme Dott saw a controversial decision by referee Alan Chamberlain. Dott was going in-off, but stopped the cue ball with his fist before it dropped into the pocket, believing that the in-off was obvious. Chamberlain called a foul and awarded four points to Selby. Convinced that he now had the cue ball in hand, as would be the norm after an in-off, Selby picked up the ball to place it inside the "D". However, Chamberlain then called a foul on him and awarded four points back to Dott. Chamberlain's reasoning was that since the cue ball had never left the bed of the table, Selby should have played the shot from where the cue ball finished. Both players and even members of the audience disputed Chamberlain's decision, but it remained unchanged.[15][16]

Quarter-finalsEdit

  • Hendry made the ninth 147 break of his career in the seventh frame of his match against Shaun Murphy. Hendry equalled Ronnie O'Sullivan's record for most 147s and became the second man to score a Crucible 147 more than once, having done it for the first time in 1995.[17]
  • Neil Robertson beat Stephen Maguire- who had eliminated him in the second round the year before- 13–8. He became only the second player from Australia in 27 years (since Eddie Charlton) to play a semi-final at the Crucible.[18]
  • John Higgins advanced to the semi-finals against Mark Selby by winning his second consecutive match of the tournament in the final frame, again coming from behind before the last frames, this time 11–12. The final frame required two re-racks.[19]
  • Mark Allen and Neil Robertson both reached the first world championship semi-finals of their careers.

Semi-finalsEdit

Both semi-finals featured impressive comebacks from the eventual losers. Allen came back from a 3–13 deficit against Higgins to 12–15 before losing the match 13–17.[20] In a similar manner, Robertson brought a 7–14 deficit back to 14–14 in his match against Murphy, but lost the final three frames.[21]

FinalEdit

  • Michaela Tabb made history by becoming the first woman to referee a World Snooker Championship final.[22][23]
  • This was the first final contested by two former world champions since 2003, when Mark Williams defeated Ken Doherty 18–16.[24]
  • After the first session ended all-square at 4–4, John Higgins opened up an 11–5 lead over Shaun Murphy, winning the second session 7–1.[25] After the third session, Higgins led 16–8, having won that session 5–3.[26]
  • The second frame of the fourth session was Higgins's 1000th frame in the Crucible Theatre.[27]
  • The fourth and final session lasted only three frames before John Higgins defeated Shaun Murphy 18–9. In doing so, Higgins became only the ninth player to lift the trophy more than twice,[24] and only the sixth player to have won more than two titles in the modern era (Ray Reardon, John Spencer, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan being the others).[28]
  • By winning the title two weeks before his 34th birthday, Higgins became the oldest World Snooker Champion since 36-year-old Dennis Taylor in 1985.[29]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[30][31]

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).[32][33] The draw for the televised stage of the World Snooker Championship was made on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 at 9.45am GMT on Radio Sheffield.[4]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
18 April            
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
   Stuart Bingham  5  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  11
19 & 20 April
     Mark Allen (16)  13  
   Mark Allen (16)  10
28 & 29 April
   Martin Gould  6  
   Mark Allen (16)  13
21 April
     Ryan Day (8)  11  
   Peter Ebdon (9)  5
24 & 25 April
   Nigel Bond  10  
   Nigel Bond  5
22 April
     Ryan Day (8)  13  
   Ryan Day (8)  10
30 April 1 & 2 May
   Stephen Lee  4  
   Mark Allen (16)  13
22 & 23 April
     John Higgins (5)  17
   John Higgins (5)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
   Michael Holt  5  
   John Higgins (5)  13
20 & 21 April
     Jamie Cope  12  
   Joe Perry (12)  6
28 & 29 April
   Jamie Cope  10  
   John Higgins (5)  13
18 & 19 April
     Mark Selby (4)  12  
   Graeme Dott (13)  10
26 & 27 April
   Barry Hawkins  8  
   Graeme Dott (13)  10
19 & 20 April
     Mark Selby (4)  13  
   Mark Selby (4)  10
   Ricky Walden  6  
21 & 22 April            
   Shaun Murphy (3)  10
24 & 25 April
   Andrew Higginson  8  
   Shaun Murphy (3)  13
20 April
     Marco Fu (14)  3  
   Marco Fu (14)  10
28 & 29 April
   Joe Swail  4  
   Shaun Murphy (3)  13
20 & 21 April
     Stephen Hendry (6)  11  
   Ding Junhui (11)  10
23 & 24 April
   Liang Wenbo  8  
   Ding Junhui (11)  10
18 & 19 April
     Stephen Hendry (6)  13  
   Stephen Hendry (6)  10
30 April 1 & 2 May
   Mark Williams  7  
   Shaun Murphy (3)  17
18 & 19 April
     Neil Robertson (10)  14
   Ali Carter (7)  10
25, 26 & 27 April
   Gerard Greene  5  
   Ali Carter (7)  8
21 & 22 April
     Neil Robertson (10)  13  
   Neil Robertson (10)  10
28 & 29 April
   Steve Davis  2  
   Neil Robertson (10)  13
18 & 19 April
     Stephen Maguire (2)  8  
   Mark King (15)  10
26 & 27 April
   Rory McLeod  6  
   Mark King (15)  6
22 & 23 April
     Stephen Maguire (2)  13  
   Stephen Maguire (2)  10
   Jamie Burnett  5  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 3 May & 4 May 2009. Referee: Michaela Tabb
John Higgins (5)
  Scotland
18–9 Shaun Murphy (3)
  England
83–0, 85–6, 79–20, 7–83, 50–96, 4–114, 49–63, 69–34, 98–1, 12–87, 70–51, 95–11, 70–45, 132–0, 82–0, 128–6, 64–42, 0–91, 60–49, 76–43, 28–70, 49–79, 94–26, 80–59, 106–21, 0–78, 105–0 3 century breaks:
2 (Higgins) & 1 (Murphy)

Highest break by Higgins: 128
Highest break by Murphy: 109

83–0, 85–6, 79–20, 7–83, 50–96, 4–114, 49–63, 69–34, 98–1, 12–87, 70–51, 95–11, 70–45, 132–0, 82–0, 128–6, 64–42, 0–91, 60–49, 76–43, 28–70, 49–79, 94–26, 80–59, 106–21, 0–78, 105–0
  John Higgins wins the 2009 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifyingEdit

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place on 25 February 2009 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. (World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association members not on The Tour.)[34][35]

Round 1

  Bill Kelly 1–5   David Singh
  Neil Selman 5–3   Paul Cavney
  Barry Stark 5–3   Les Dodd
  Stephen Ormerod 5–0   Christopher Flight
  Del Smith 5–0   Adam Osbourne
  Phil Seaton 5–2   Philip Minchin
  Ali Bassiri 1–5   Tony Knowles

Round 2

  Colin Mitchell 5–1   David Singh
  Neil Selman 5–1   Barry Stark
  Stephen Ormerod 1–5   Del Smith
  Phil Seaton 2–5   Tony Knowles

QualifyingEdit

The qualifying rounds 1–4 for the tournament took place between 26 February and 4 March 2009 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The final round of qualifying took place between 8 and 10 March 2009 at the same venue.[34][35]

Round 1

  Li Hang 10–2   Colin Mitchell
  Declan Hughes wd–wo   Neil Selman
  Chris McBreen 10–8   Del Smith
  Stefan Mazrocis 9–10   Tony Knowles

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
  Matthew Couch 10     Andrew Norman 4     John Parrott 3     Joe Swail 10
  Michael Georgiou 8     Matthew Couch 10     Matthew Couch 10     Matthew Couch 1
  Lee Spick 10     Barry Pinches 5     Adrian Gunnell 2     Steve Davis 10
  Stephen Craigie 5     Lee Spick 10     Lee Spick 10     Lee Spick 8
  Jimmy White 10     Andy Hicks 10     Rory McLeod 10     Ian McCulloch 7
  Vincent Muldoon 8     Jimmy White 8     Andy Hicks 8     Rory McLeod 10
  Daniel Wells 10     Ian Preece 9     Marcus Campbell 9     Barry Hawkins 10
  Li Hang 9     Daniel Wells 10     Daniel Wells 10     Daniel Wells 9
  Supoj Saenla 10     Liu Song 10     Gerard Greene 10     Ken Doherty 5
  Liu Chuang 5     Supoj Saenla 9     Liu Song 6     Gerard Greene 10
  Scott MacKenzie 9     Joe Delaney 10     Judd Trump 10     Stephen Lee 10
  Wayne Cooper 10     Wayne Cooper 8     Joe Delaney 1     Judd Trump 8
  Patrick Wallace 10     Mark Joyce 6     Tom Ford 10     Mark Williams 10
  Neil Selman 2     Patrick Wallace 10     Patrick Wallace 8     Tom Ford 5
  Matthew Selt 10     Rod Lawler 10     Ricky Walden 10     Anthony Hamilton 5
  Robert Stephen 3     Matthew Selt 5     Rod Lawler 1     Ricky Walden 10
  James McBain 10     David Morris 10     Liang Wenbo 10     Dave Harold 3
  Chris McBreen 2     James McBain 3     David Morris 8     Liang Wenbo 10
  Simon Bedford 10     David Roe 7     Jamie Burnett 10     Fergal O'Brien 6
  David Grace 6     Simon Bedford 10     Simon Bedford 8     Jamie Burnett 10
  Jamie Jones 10     Robert Milkins 7     Andrew Higginson 10     Michael Judge 4
  Atthasit Mahitthi 9     Jamie Jones 10     Jamie Jones 8     Andrew Higginson 10
  Lewis Roberts 10     Paul Davies 10     Jimmy Michie 6     Jamie Cope 10
  Aditya Mehta 8     Lewis Roberts 7     Paul Davies 10     Paul Davies 5
  Kuldesh Johal 8     David Gray 8     Mike Dunn 10     Nigel Bond 10
  Jin Long 10     Jin Long 10     Jin Long 7     Mike Dunn 7
  Peter Lines 10     Mark Davis 10     Michael Holt 10     Dominic Dale 7
  Andy Lee 8     Peter Lines 6     Mark Davis 9     Michael Holt 10
  Paul Davison 5     Stuart Pettman 10     Alan McManus 10     Stuart Bingham 10
  Andrew Pagett 10     Andrew Pagett 3     Stuart Pettman 8     Alan McManus 6
  Rodney Goggins 10     Martin Gould 10     Dave Gilbert 8     Matthew Stevens 4
  Tony Knowles 4     Rodney Goggins 7     Martin Gould 10     Martin Gould 10

Century breaksEdit

This is complete list of century breaks scored in both the qualifying and the televised stages.[36]

Televised stage centuriesEdit

There were 83 century breaks in the televised stage of the World Championship, a new record beating 2002's and 2007's 68; this record was surpassed in 2015.[37]

Qualifying stage centuriesEdit

There were 69 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship:

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