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World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 21 April - 7 May 2007
Venue Crucible Theatre
Location Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £
Winner's share £220,000
Highest break 145 Rory McLeod
Champions
Defending champion Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott
Winner Flag of Scotland John Higgins
Runner up Flag of England Mark Selby
Score 18-13


The 2007 888.com World Snooker Championship 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, Sheffield.

It was won by John Higgins, who defeated Mark Selby 18-13 in the final.

Prize MoneyEdit

  • Winner: £220,000
  • Runner-up: £110,000
  • Semi-final: £42,000
  • Quarter-final: £22,000
  • Last 16: £14,000
  • Last 32: £10,600
  • Last 48 (pre-TV): £7,400
  • Last 64 (pre-TV): £4,500

  • High Break (TV): £10,000
  • High Break (pre-TV): £1,000
  • Maximum Break (pre-TV): £5,000
  • Maximum Break (TV): £147,000

Notable happeningsEdit

  • Before the tournament began Ronnie O'Sullivan alleged that the WPBSA draw had been fixed, "to stitch me up", after having been drawn in the first round against Ding Junhui, considered by bookmakers to be among the favourites for the title, and noting that he had drawn European Open and UK Champion Stephen Maguire in both 2004 and 2005. and made no formal complaint to the WPBSA (who maintain that the draw was genuine).
  • Defending champion Graeme Dott was knocked out in the first round by Ian McCulloch by 10 frames to 7.
  • In the first round battle of the champions, John Parrott beat Steve Davis by just 10 frames to 9.
  • 2006 finalist Peter Ebdon lost in the second round for the first time ever, against eventual 2007 finalist Mark Selby.
  • Shaun Murphy came back from 7-12 down to win his quarter-final match against Matthew Stevens, a feat never before accomplished in the history of professional, best-of-25-frame snooker.
  • During his semi-final match, John Higgins compiled the Crucible's 1000th century break.
  • When taking charge of the semi final between Shaun Murphy and Mark Selby, Michaela Tabb became the first woman to referee a match at the Crucible with the single table set-up. In 2009, she has refereed the final.
  • The final had the latest finish in history, with the conclusion of the 31st and final frame coming at 00:54 BST, just two minutes later than in 2006.
  • John Higgins' second title came 9 years after his first, the longest gap between wins since his namesake Alex Higgins. It is the longest gap between wins at The Crucible.

Main DrawEdit

Shown below are the results for each round, the numbers in brackets 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's Breakfast on March 19 and it was announced on Breakfast at 7.30 the next day.

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            
 Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott (1)  7
26, 27 & 28 April
 Flag of England Ian McCulloch  10  
 Flag of England Ian McCulloch  8
21 & 22 April
   Flag of England Anthony Hamilton (16)  13  
 Flag of England Anthony Hamilton (16)  10
1 & 2 May
 Flag of Hong Kong Marco Fu  3  
 Flag of England Anthony Hamilton (16)  7
23 & 24 April
   Flag of Scotland Stephen Maguire (9)  13  
 Flag of Scotland Stephen Maguire (9)  10
27 & 28 April
 Flag of England Joe Perry  3  
 Flag of Scotland Stephen Maguire (9)  13
24 April
   Flag of Northern Ireland Joe Swail  8  
 Flag of Wales Mark Williams (8)  9
3, 4 & 5 May
 Flag of Northern Ireland Joe Swail  10  
 Flag of Scotland Stephen Maguire (9)  15
25 & 26 April
   Flag of Scotland John Higgins (5)  17
 Flag of Scotland John Higgins (5)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 Flag of England Michael Holt  4  
 Flag of Scotland John Higgins (5)  13
22 & 23 April
   Flag of Ireland Fergal O'Brien  4  
 Flag of England Barry Hawkins (12)  9
1 & 2 May
 Flag of Ireland Fergal O'Brien  10  
 Flag of Scotland John Higgins (5)  13
25 April
   Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  9  
 Flag of Australia Neil Robertson (13)  10
29 & 30 April
 Flag of Wales Ryan Day  5  
 Flag of Australia Neil Robertson (13)  10
22 & 23 April
   Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  13  
 Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan (4)  10
 Flag of the People's Republic of China Ding Junhui  2  
23 & 24 April            
 Flag of Ireland Ken Doherty (3)  7
27 & 28 April
 Flag of Northern Ireland Mark Allen  10  
 Flag of Northern Ireland Mark Allen  9
21 & 22 April
   Flag of Wales Matthew Stevens (14)  13  
 Flag of Wales Matthew Stevens (14)  10
1 & 2 May
 Flag of Ireland Joe Delaney  2  
 Flag of Wales Matthew Stevens (14)  12
21 & 22 April
   Flag of England Shaun Murphy (6)  13  
 Flag of England Steve Davis (11)  9
26 & 27 April
 Flag of England John Parrott  10  
 Flag of England John Parrott  8
23 April
   Flag of England Shaun Murphy (6)  13  
 Flag of England Shaun Murphy (6)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
 Flag of England Judd Trump  6  
 Flag of England Shaun Murphy (6)  16
21 & 22 April
   Flag of England Mark Selby  17
 Flag of England Peter Ebdon (7)  10
29 & 30 April
 Flag of England Nigel Bond  7  
 Flag of England Peter Ebdon (7)  8
24 & 25 April
   Flag of England Mark Selby  13  
 Flag of England Stephen Lee (10)  7
1 & 2 May
 Flag of England Mark Selby  10  
 Flag of England Mark Selby  13
25 & 26 April
   Flag of England Ali Carter (15)  12  
 Flag of England Ali Carter (15)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 Flag of England Andy Hicks  4  
 Flag of England Ali Carter (15)  13
24 & 25 April
   Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  6  
 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry (2)  10
 Flag of England David Gilbert  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 6 & 7 May, 2007. Referee: Eirian Williams
John Higgins (5)
Flag of Scotland
18-13 Mark Selby
Flag of England
73-25, 58-32, 19-95, 25-76, 10-132, 97-0, 98-11, 86-5, 75-0, 85-9, 101-24, 70-61, 59-75, 98-0, 78-55, 116-0, 36-73, 0-110, 35-65, 4-74, 0-66, 48-72, 81-40, 63-70, 75-2, 22-82, 54-77, 71-33, 57-41, 129-1, 78-1 5 Century Breaks: 3 (Higgins) & 2 (Selby)

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

73-25, 58-32, 19-95, 25-76, 10-132, 97-0, 98-11, 86-5, 75-0, 85-9, 101-24, 70-61, 59-75, 98-0, 78-55, 116-0, 36-73, 0-110, 35-65, 4-74, 0-66, 48-72, 81-40, 63-70, 75-2, 22-82, 54-77, 71-33, 57-41, 129-1, 78-1
John Higgins wins 2007 888.com World Snooker Championship


Preliminary qualifyingEdit

Round 1Edit

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

Round 2Edit

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

QualifyingEdit

Qualification for the World Snooker Championship 2007, was held between 23 February to 2 March 2007 and well known players who have failed to qualify to the final qualifying round include Jimmy White who lost 4-10 to Jamie Burnett (which will only be the second time that White has missed the Crucible stages) and Welsh Open finalist Andrew Higginson who lost 9-10 to Ricky Walden. The final qualifying round took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield between the 12th-15th March 2007 in which well known players, Mark King, James Wattana and Alan McManus went out, McManus, the first time in his career. 32 players enter the first round, with the winners playing the 16 players in the next round. This continues for 2 more rounds, with the 16 winners progressing to play in the World Snooker Championship.

Round 1Edit

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

Round 2-5Edit

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

Century BreaksEdit

Qualifying Stages CenturiesEdit

TV Stages CenturiesEdit

There were 68 centuries scored in the TV Stages of the 2007 Championship, which was joint equal highest in the history of the tournament (with the tournament held in 2002) until 2009.


External linksEdit

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