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The 2010 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2010 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17 April and 3 May 2010 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

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Tournament information
Dates17 April – 3 May 2010
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£1,111,000
Winner's share£250,000
Highest breakScotland Graeme Dott (146)
Northern Ireland Mark Allen (146)
Final
ChampionAustralia Neil Robertson
Runner-upScotland Graeme Dott
Score18–13
2009
2011

John Higgins, who entered the tournament as the defending champion, lost in the second round 11–13 against Steve Davis.

In the semi-finals, Neil Robertson defeated Ali Carter 17–12 and Graeme Dott beat Mark Selby 17–14. Robertson won the final 18–13, becoming the first Australian in the modern era to win the title. Ivan Speck of the Daily Mail said that if "it not been the world championship final, it would have been unwatchable", further expanding that "it was unbearable".[1] The tournament was sponsored by online casino Betfred.com.

Contents

Tournament summaryEdit

First roundEdit

Second roundEdit

  • Steve Davis aged 52 years old defeated the defending champion John Higgins 13–11. With this he reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the first time since 2005, and at 52 years old became the oldest player to reach the quarter-finals since Eddie Charlton who was 53 in 1983.[7]
  • In the same match Higgins made his 100th century break at the Crucible, becoming only the second player after Stephen Hendry to reach this milestone. It was a break of 115 and it came in the 18th frame of the match.[8]
  • Meanwhile, Neil Robertson came back from 0–6 and 5–11 to defeat Martin Gould 13–12.[9]
  • Mark Allen made the first 146 break in the history of the Crucible during his match against Mark Davis.[10]

25th anniversary rematch of the 1985 finalEdit

  • Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor played a one-frame exhibition match on 29 April, marking the 25th anniversary of the 1985 World Championship final which saw Taylor defeat Davis 18–17 on the final black.[11]
  • In the re-creation, all but one of their attempts to recreate missed shots on black failed, which means the black was potted on each occasion and Taylor's attempt to recreate the frame-winning ball also went wrong.[12]

Semi-finalsEdit

FinalEdit

  • Before the start of the final it was announced that provisional world No. 1 John Higgins had been suspended by the WPBSA following a News of the World story alleging that he had agreed to lose frames in future tournaments in return for money.[16][17][18][19]
  • The final was between Scot Graeme Dott and Australian Neil Robertson, marking the first time since 2003 that no English player appeared in the final.[15]
  • Robertson won the title, having defeated only one top sixteen player during the tournament. In the first round he beat Fergal O'Brien (No. 31), in the second round Martin Gould (No. 46), in the quarter-final Steve Davis (No. 23) and in the final he beat Graeme Dott (No. 28). Robertson's only match with a top-sixteen player was in the semi-finals, where he beat Ali Carter (No. 5) decisively.
  • Robertson became the first Australian to win the title in the modern era, and only the second after Horace Lindrum, who won the controversial 1952 championship.[20] Robertson also became the first player from outside Britain and Ireland to win the title since Cliff Thorburn in 1980 and the first non-British player to win the title since Ken Doherty in 1997.[21]
  • Robertson hoped his win would help lift the low profile of snooker in his home country,[22] a prospect supported by a number of local sports promoters.[23]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[24][25]

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).[26][27][28] The draw for the televised stage of the World Championship was made on Thursday, 11 March at 11 am BST.[29]

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[30]            
   John Higgins (1)  10
22, 23 & 24 April[31]
   Barry Hawkins  6  
   John Higgins (1)  11
19 & 20 April[32]
     Steve Davis  13  
   Mark King (16)  9
27 & 28 April[33]
   Steve Davis  10  
   Steve Davis  5
20 & 21 April[34]
     Neil Robertson (9)  13  
   Neil Robertson (9)  10
23 & 24 April[35]
   Fergal O'Brien  5  
   Neil Robertson (9)  13
18 & 19 April[36]
     Martin Gould  12  
   Marco Fu (8)  9
29, 30 April & 1 May[37]
   Martin Gould  10  
   Neil Robertson (9)  17
18 & 19 April[38]
     Ali Carter (5)  12
   Ali Carter (5)  10
24, 25 & 26 April[39]
   Jamie Cope  4  
   Ali Carter (5)  13
17 & 18 April[40]
     Joe Perry (12)  11  
   Joe Perry (12)  10
27 & 28 April[41]
   Michael Holt  4  
   Ali Carter (5)  13
20 & 21 April[42]
     Shaun Murphy (4)  12  
   Ding Junhui (13)  10
25 & 26 April[43]
   Stuart Pettman  1  
   Ding Junhui (13)  10
21 & 22 April[44]
     Shaun Murphy (4)  13  
   Shaun Murphy (4)  10
   Gerard Greene  7  
21 & 22 April[45]            
   Stephen Maguire (3)  10
23 & 24 April[46]
   Stephen Lee  4  
   Stephen Maguire (3)  6
20 & 21 April[47]
     Graeme Dott  13  
   Peter Ebdon (14)  5
27 & 28 April[48]
   Graeme Dott  10  
   Graeme Dott  13
17 & 18 April[49]
     Mark Allen (11)  12  
   Mark Allen (11)  10
22 & 23 April[50]
   Tom Ford  4  
   Mark Allen (11)  13
20 & 21 April[51]
     Mark Davis  5  
   Ryan Day (6)  8
29, 30 April & 1 May[52]
   Mark Davis  10  
   Graeme Dott  17
17 & 18 April[53]
     Mark Selby (7)  14
   Mark Selby (7)  10
25 & 26 April[54]
   Ken Doherty  4  
   Mark Selby (7)  13
17 & 18 April[55]
     Stephen Hendry (10)  5  
   Stephen Hendry (10)  10
27 & 28 April[56]
   Zhang Anda  9  
   Mark Selby (7)  13
19 April[57]
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  11  
   Mark Williams (15)  10
24, 25 & 26 April[58]
   Marcus Campbell  5  
   Mark Williams (15)  10
19 & 20 April[59]
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  13  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  10
   Liang Wenbo  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 2 & 3 May 2010.[60][61] Referee: Eirian Williams.[62]
Neil Robertson (9)
  Australia
18–13 Graeme Dott
  Scotland
10–87, 65–55, 1–93, 35–62, 68–56, 62–56, 24–73, 47–74, 66–5, 90–6, 79–72, 79–53, 52–11, 4–71, 27–70, 113–23, 23–87, 69–56, 82–1, 31–66, 89–12, 2–116, 12–81, 116–13, 36–72, 69–15, 63–49, 53–78, 74–23, 58–10, 94–1 Century breaks: 1 (Dott)

Highest break by Robertson: 90
Highest break by Dott: 112

10–87, 65–55, 1–93, 35–62, 68–56, 62–56, 24–73, 47–74, 66–5, 90–6, 79–72, 79–53, 52–11, 4–71, 27–70, 113–23, 23–87, 69–56, 82–1, 31–66, 89–12, 2–116, 12–81, 116–13, 36–72, 69–15, 63–49, 53–78, 74–23, 58–10, 94–1
  Neil Robertson wins the 2010 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifyingEdit

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place on 26 February 2010 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. (WPBSA members not on The Tour.)[63][64][65]

Round 1

  Les Dodd 5–0   Philip Minchin
  Paul Wykes 5–1   David Taylor
  David Singh 5–2   Colin Mitchell
  Ali Bassiri 1–5   Neil Selman
  Barry West w/o–w/d   Christopher Flight
  Del Smith 5–2   Phil Seaton
  Bill Oliver 1–5   Nic Barrow
  Stephen Ormerod 5–4   Paul Cavney

Round 2

  Les Dodd 2–5   Paul Wykes
  David Singh 5–3   Neil Selman
  Barry West 1–5   Del Smith
  Nic Barrow 5–0   Stephen Ormerod

QualifyingEdit

The qualifying rounds 1–4 for the tournament took place between 27 February and 5 March 2010 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The final round of qualifying took place between 7 and 9 March 2010 at the same venue.[63][64][65]

Round 1

  James Wattana 10–6   Paul Wykes
  Michael White 10–4   David Singh
  Jordan Brown 10–7   Del Smith
  Brendan O'Donoghue 10–8   Nic Barrow

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
                               
  Lee Page 6     Peter Lines 8     Marcus Campbell 10     Matthew Stevens 9
  James Wattana 10     James Wattana 10     James Wattana 5     Marcus Campbell 10
  Matthew Selt 10     Barry Pinches 10     Mark Davis 10     Dave Harold 7
  Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 8     Matthew Selt 8     Barry Pinches 7     Mark Davis 10
  Stephen Rowlings 6     Joe Delaney 10     Adrian Gunnell 10     Steve Davis 10
  Sam Baird 10     Sam Baird 0     Joe Delaney 7     Adrian Gunnell 4
  Lee Spick 8     Paul Davies 10     Alan McManus 10     Fergal O'Brien 10
  Joe Jogia 10     Joe Jogia 7     Paul Davies 9     Alan McManus 4
  Noppadol Sangnil 10     Rod Lawler 10     Dominic Dale 5     Liang Wenbo 10
  Michael White 9     Noppadol Sangnil 7     Rod Lawler 10     Rod Lawler 2
  Bjorn Haneveer 10     Dave Gilbert 6     Martin Gould 10     Nigel Bond 4
  Jordan Brown 9     Bjorn Haneveer 10     Bjorn Haneveer 8     Martin Gould 10
  Patrick Wallace 7     Jimmy White 10     Ken Doherty 10     Joe Swail 1
  Mark Boyle 10     Mark Boyle 8     Jimmy White 3     Ken Doherty 10
  Li Hang 9     Tom Ford 10     Anthony Hamilton 6     Judd Trump 3
  David Hogan 10     David Hogan 3     Tom Ford 10     Tom Ford 10
  Xiao Guodong 9     Liu Song 7     Ian McCulloch 10     Barry Hawkins 10
  Tony Drago 10     Tony Drago 10     Tony Drago 6     Ian McCulloch 7
  Chris Norbury 4     David Morris 10     Jamie Burnett 6     Michael Holt 10
  Mei Xiwen 10     Mei Xiwen 8     David Morris 10     David Morris 6
  Craig Steadman 4     John Parrott 6     Andrew Higginson 8     Ricky Walden 8
  Zhang Anda 10     Zhang Anda 10     Zhang Anda 10     Zhang Anda 10
  Matthew Couch 8     Jin Long 10     Rory McLeod 10     Gerard Greene 10
  Brendan O'Donoghue 10     Brendan O'Donoghue 6     Jin Long 3     Rory McLeod 9
  Ben Woollaston 10     David Roe 10     Stuart Pettman 10     Stuart Bingham 2
  Andrew Norman 5     Ben Woollaston 9     David Roe 6     Stuart Pettman 10
  Atthasit Mahitthi 4     Mark Joyce 10     Michael Judge 8     Jamie Cope 10
  Jimmy Robertson 10     Jimmy Robertson 9     Mark Joyce 10     Mark Joyce 5
  Simon Bedford 10     Robert Milkins 10     Mike Dunn 10     Stephen Lee 10
  Ian Preece 4     Simon Bedford 6     Robert Milkins 8     Mike Dunn 2
  Daniel Wells 7     Andy Hicks 7     Jimmy Michie 10     Graeme Dott 10
  David Gray 10     David Gray 10     David Gray 2     Jimmy Michie 5

Century breaksEdit

[66]

Televised stage centuriesEdit

There were 60 centuries in the televised stage of the World Championship.[67]

Qualifying stage centuriesEdit

There were 50 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship:

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