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World Snooker Championship
2011 World Snooker Championship poster
Tournament information
Dates 16 April–2 May 2011
Venue Crucible Theatre
Location Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,111,000
Winner's share £250,000
Highest break 138 (x2)
Champions
Defending champion
Winner Flag of Scotland John Higgins
Runner up Flag of England Judd Trump
Score 18–15

The 2011 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 16 April and 2 May 2011 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. It was the 74th edition of the event and the last ranking event of the 2010/2011 season. The event was organised by the WPBSA and had a prize fund of £1,111,000.

Neil Robertson was the defending champion, but lost 8–10 against Judd Trump in the first round. Trump became the youngest player since 1990 to reach the final where he lost to John Higgins. This was Higgins' fourth world title, becoming only the fourth man to win four or more championships. Ding Junhui meanwhile became the first player from China to reach the semi-finals. Mark King and Ding Junhui made the highest breaks at the Cruicble with 138; while James Wattana compiled the highest break of the tournament during qualifying with 141.

An audience of 3.93 million viewers watched the final session in Great Britain with 2.03 million watching the third session of the final. The second and fourth sessions of the final was the most watched programme on BBC Two for their particular weeks. Viewing figures on the BBC peaked at 6.6 million viewers. The figure of 3.9 million who watched the final session was up 50% on the year before. It was estimated that nearly half of the UK population watched the tournament at some point. While in China Ding Junhui's semi-final had an average watch of 19.4 million with a peak audience of 30 million over seven television networks. While a record number of fans bought tickets, with the last four days and other sessions sold out with sales up 15% on 2010.

Tournament summaryEdit

First roundEdit

Second roundEdit

  • Mark Selby made three records in his 13–4 victory over Stephen Hendry. Selby became the first snooker player to compile six century breaks at a World Championship match in the Crucible. This was also a record for a best of 25 frame match and took the number of Selby's century breaks in the season to 54, a record previously held by Hendry.
  • Ding Junhui came back from 9–12 to defeat Stuart Bingham 13–12. Ding qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the first time in his career.

Quarter-finalsEdit

  • Mark Williams defeated Mark Allen 13–5 to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time since 2003, when he won his second world title.
  • Judd Trump, rated an 80–1 outsider at the beginning of the tournament, defeated previous year's runner up Graeme Dott 13–5 to reach the semi-finals.
  • Ding Junhui won his match 13–10 against Mark Selby to become the third player from Asia and the first from China to reach the semi-finals of the World Championship. As a result of Selby's exit from the tournament Williams became the new world number one after the event.

Semi-finalsEdit

  • Judd Trump defeated Ding Junhui 17–15 in an absorbing match to become the second youngest player, after Stephen Hendry in 1990, to reach the final of the World Championship. Trump also reached his second consecutive ranking final after winning the China Open at the start of the month. In China, the second session of the match drew a peak audience of nearly 30 million viewers and averaging over 19 million, with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association claiming it was the highest rated sports programme of 2011 up to that point; however, the Women's Tennis Association claimed that the women's singles final of the Australian Open held earlier in the year drew an audience of 60 million viewers on Chinese television.
  • Mark Williams won the first session 5–3, and could maintain his advantage after the second session, which ended 4–4. John Higgins then won six of the next eight frames, to lead 13–11. Higgins won the match 17–14 to reach his third final in five years. During the 28th frame Higgins was heckled by a member of the audience, "How did you swallow that £300,000, John? ... You're a disgrace to snooker." in reference to the News of the World allegations last year, for which the heckler was later ejected from the venue.

FinalEdit

  • Ted Lowe, BBC snooker commentator for many years and the deviser of long running snooker programme Pot Black, died at the age of 90 on the morning of 1 May. Before the start of the final that day, a minutes applause in honour of Lowe took place.
  • The referee of the final was Jan Verhaas, who refereed his fourth World Championship final.
  • After the first session was tied at four frames all, Trump won the second session 6–3 to take a 10–7 lead into the second day's play. Higgins took a 13–12 lead after the third session of the final, which he won 6–2. The score levelled at fourteen frames all, but Higgins won four of the last five frames to win the match 18–15. Higgins won his 24th ranking title and became only the fourth player to win the World Championship four times in the modern era after Ray Reardon, Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry.
  • The highest break of the tournament was 138 made by both Mark King and Ding Junhui. This was the first time that the highest break of the tournament was lower than 140 since 1987, when it was 127 made by Steve Davis.

Prize fundEdit

In an effort of World Snooker to cut costs there was no separate prize money for a Maximum break. In previous years the prize money for this achievement was £147,000. For the 2011 tournament there was a £1,111,000 prize fund with the winner receiving £250,000. The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:

  • Winner: £250,000
  • Runner-up: £125,000
  • Semi-final: £52,000
  • Quarter-final: £24,050
  • Last 16: £16,000
  • Last 32: £12,000
  • Last 48: £8,200
  • Last 64: £4,600

  • Stage one highest break: £1,000
  • Stage two highest break: £10,000
  • Total: £1,111,000

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 draw for the first round took place on 21 March 2011, one day after the Players Tour Championship Finals.

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
16 April            
 Flag of Australia Neil Robertson (1)  8
21, 22 & 23 April
 Flag of England Judd Trump  10  
 Flag of England Judd Trump  13
19 & 20 April
   Flag of England Martin Gould  6  
 Flag of Hong Kong Marco Fu (16)  8
26 & 27 April
 Flag of England Martin Gould  10  
 Flag of England Judd Trump  13
19 & 20 April
   Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott (9)  5  
 Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott (9)  10
22 & 23 April
 Flag of England Mark King  7  
 Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott (9)  13
16 & 17 April
   Flag of England Ali Carter (8)  11  
 Flag of England Ali Carter (8)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 Flag of England Dave Harold  3  
 Flag of England Judd Trump  17
17 & 18 April
   Flag of the People's Republic of China Ding Junhui (5)  15
 Flag of the People's Republic of China Ding Junhui (5)  10
24 & 25 April
 Flag of Scotland Jamie Burnett  2  
 Flag of the People's Republic of China Ding Junhui (5)  13
18 & 19 April
   Flag of England Stuart Bingham  12  
 Flag of England Peter Ebdon (12)  8
26 & 27 April
 Flag of England Stuart Bingham  10  
 Flag of the People's Republic of China Ding Junhui (5)  13
17 & 18 April
   Flag of England Mark Selby (4)  10  
 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry (13)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
 Flag of England Joe Perry  9  
 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry (13)  4
20 & 21 April
   Flag of England Mark Selby (4)  13  
 Flag of England Mark Selby (4)  10
 Flag of England Jimmy Robertson  1  
16 & 17 April            
 Flag of Wales Mark Williams (3)  10
21 & 22 April
 Flag of Wales Ryan Day  5  
 Flag of Wales Mark Williams (3)  13
16 & 17 April
   Flag of England Jamie Cope (14)  4  
 Flag of England Jamie Cope (14)  10
26 & 27 April
 Flag of Wales Andrew Pagett  7  
 Flag of Wales Mark Williams (3)  13
19 & 20 April
   Flag of Northern Ireland Mark Allen (11)  5  
 Flag of Northern Ireland Mark Allen (11)  10
22 & 23 April
 Flag of Wales Matthew Stevens  9  
 Flag of Northern Ireland Mark Allen (11)  13
18 April
   Flag of England Barry Hawkins  12  
 Flag of Scotland Stephen Maguire (6)  9
28, 29 & 30 April
 Flag of England Barry Hawkins  10  
 Flag of Wales Mark Williams (3)  14
16 & 17 April
   Flag of Scotland John Higgins (2)  17
 Flag of England Shaun Murphy (7)  10
23, 24 & 25 April
 Flag of Scotland Marcus Campbell  1  
 Flag of England Shaun Murphy (7)  10
18 & 19 April
   Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan (10)  13  
 Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan (10)  10
26 & 27 April
 Flag of Wales Dominic Dale  2  
 Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan (10)  10
19 & 20 April
   Flag of Scotland John Higgins (2)  13  
 Flag of England Ricky Walden (15)  6
24 & 25 April
 Flag of England Rory McLeod  10  
 Flag of England Rory McLeod  7
20 & 21 April
   Flag of Scotland John Higgins (2)  13  
 Flag of Scotland John Higgins (2)  10
 Flag of England Stephen Lee  5  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 1 & 2 May 2011. Referee: Jan Verhaas.
Judd Trump
15–18 John Higgins (2)
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64–19, 76–1, 38–73, 54–75, 5–115, 113–0, 68–69, 56–19, 20–64, 67–45, 68–0, 127–0, 38–63, 25–64, 77–18, 60–9, 69–36, 8–64, 113–0, 0–97, 99–0, 55–65, 35–93, 1–113, 8–77, 38–66, 78–0, 60–38, 52–64, 35–65, 75–52, 44–64, 61–62 Century Breaks: 4 (Trump 3, Higgins 1)

Highest break by Trump: 104
Highest break by Higgins: 113

64–19, 76–1, 38–73, 54–75, 5–115, 113–0, 68–69, 56–19, 20–64, 67–45, 68–0, 127–0, 38–63, 25–64, 77–18, 60–9, 69–36, 8–64, 113–0, 0–97, 99–0, 55–65, 35–93, 1–113, 8–77, 38–66, 78–0, 60–38, 52–64, 35–65, 75–52, 44–64, 61–62
Flag of Scotland John Higgins wins the 2011 Betfred.com World Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifyingEdit

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place on 3 March 2011 at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield. (WPBSA members not on The Tour.)

Round 1
Flag of England Sam Baird 5–1 Flag of England Colin Mitchell
Flag of England Tony Brown 2–5 Flag of England Ali Bassiri
Template:Country data IND David Singh 4–5 Flag of England David Gray
Flag of England Ian Stark 5–2 Flag of England Paul Cavney
Flag of England Philip Minchin 0–5 Flag of England Stephen Rowlings
Flag of England Tony Knowles 4–5 Flag of England Del Smith
Flag of England Les Dodd 4–5 Flag of England Stephen Ormerod
Round 2
Flag of England Neil Selman 3–5 Flag of England Sam Baird
Flag of England Ali Bassiri 0–5 Flag of England David Gray
Flag of England Ian Stark 0–5 Flag of England Stephen Rowlings
Flag of England Del Smith 5–0 Flag of England Stephen Ormerod

QualifyingEdit

The qualifying rounds 1–4 for the tournament took place between 4 and 10 March 2011 at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield. The final round of qualifying took place between 12 and 13 March 2011 at the same venue.

Round 1
Flag of England Reanne Evans 6–10 Flag of England Sam Baird
Template:Noflag bye Flag of England David Gray
Flag of Wales Jak Jones 3–10 Flag of England Stephen Rowlings
Template:Noflag bye Flag of England Del Smith
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
                               
Flag of England  Kyren Wilson 10   Flag of Northern Ireland  Joe Swail 6   Flag of England  Rory McLeod 10   Flag of England  Mark Davis 5
Flag of Northern Ireland  Dermot McGlinchey 5   Flag of England  Kyren Wilson 10   Flag of England  Kyren Wilson 3   Flag of England  Rory McLeod 10
Flag of the People's Republic of China  Liu Song 10   Flag of England  Adrian Gunnell 9   Flag of England  Mark Joyce 6   Flag of England  Joe Perry 10
Flag of Ireland  Michael Judge 8   Flag of the People's Republic of China  Liu Song 10   Flag of the People's Republic of China  Liu Song 10   Flag of the People's Republic of China  Liu Song 6
Flag of Thailand  James Wattana 10   Flag of England  Andy Hicks 2   Flag of Scotland  Jamie Burnett 10   Flag of the People's Republic of China  Liang Wenbo 7
Flag of England  Justin Astley 3   Flag of Thailand  James Wattana 10   Flag of Thailand  James Wattana 8   Flag of Scotland  Jamie Burnett 10
Flag of Thailand  Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon 8   Flag of England  Alfie Burden 7   Flag of England  Mike Dunn 10   Flag of England  Mark King 10
Flag of England  Sam Baird 10   Flag of England  Sam Baird 10   Flag of England  Sam Baird 9   Flag of England  Mike Dunn 5
Flag of Scotland  James McBain 10   Flag of England  Ian McCulloch 5   Flag of England  Michael Holt 10   Flag of Wales  Dominic Dale 10
Flag of Thailand  Issara Kachaiwong 9   Flag of Scotland  James McBain 10   Flag of Scotland  James McBain 8   Flag of England  Michael Holt 6
Template:Country data BRA  Igor Figueiredo 5   Flag of England  Joe Jogia 10   Flag of England  Robert Milkins 10   Flag of England  Martin Gould 10
Flag of Ireland  Joe Delaney 10   Flag of Ireland  Joe Delaney 4   Flag of England  Joe Jogia 4   Flag of England  Robert Milkins 6
Flag of the People's Republic of China  Liu Chuang 10   Flag of England  Jimmy White 9   Flag of England  Tom Ford 8   Flag of Wales  Ryan Day 10
Flag of England  David Gray 3   Flag of the People's Republic of China  Liu Chuang 10   Flag of the People's Republic of China  Liu Chuang 10   Flag of the People's Republic of China  Liu Chuang 7
Flag of Ireland  David Morris 8   Flag of England  Barry Pinches 7   Flag of England  Peter Lines 6   Flag of England  Judd Trump 10
Flag of England  David Gilbert 10   Flag of England  David Gilbert 10   Flag of England  David Gilbert 10   Flag of England  David Gilbert 4
Flag of England  Paul Davison 10   Flag of Scotland  Anthony McGill 7   Flag of Ireland  Fergal O'Brien 10   Flag of Wales  Matthew Stevens 10
Flag of England  Stephen Rowlings 5   Flag of England  Paul Davison 10   Flag of England  Paul Davison 4   Flag of Ireland  Fergal O'Brien 9
Flag of Northern Ireland  Patrick Wallace 10   Flag of England  Rod Lawler 5   Flag of England  Matthew Selt 10   Flag of Scotland  Marcus Campbell 10
Flag of England  Del Smith 2   Flag of Northern Ireland  Patrick Wallace 10   Flag of Northern Ireland  Patrick Wallace 9   Flag of England  Matthew Selt 6
Flag of Wales  Michael White 10   Flag of England  Matthew Couch 3   Flag of England  Anthony Hamilton 10   Flag of England  Barry Hawkins 10
Flag of England  Adam Wicheard 2   Flag of Wales  Michael White 10   Flag of Wales  Michael White 7   Flag of England  Anthony Hamilton 5
Flag of England  Liam Highfield 8   Flag of England  Jack Lisowski 10   Flag of England  Steve Davis 10   Flag of England  Stephen Lee 10
Flag of England  Kuldesh Johal 10   Flag of England  Kuldesh Johal 7   Flag of England  Jack Lisowski 9   Flag of England  Steve Davis 2
Flag of England  Simon Bedford 10   Flag of Wales  Jamie Jones 10   Flag of England  Dave Harold 10   Flag of Northern Ireland  Gerard Greene 9
Flag of Thailand  Noppon Saengkham 3   Flag of England  Simon Bedford 6   Flag of Wales  Jamie Jones 9   Flag of England  Dave Harold 10
Flag of England  Ben Woollaston 10   Flag of England  Stuart Pettman 10   Flag of Scotland  Alan McManus 10   Flag of England  Stuart Bingham 10
Flag of England  Jamie O'Neill 8   Flag of England  Ben Woollaston 5   Flag of England  Stuart Pettman 8   Flag of Scotland  Alan McManus 2
Flag of Wales  Andrew Pagett 10   Flag of Belgium  Bjorn Haneveer 4   Flag of England  Nigel Bond 9   Flag of England  Andrew Higginson 6
Flag of the People's Republic of China  Zhang Anda 6   Flag of Wales  Andrew Pagett 10   Flag of Wales  Andrew Pagett 10   Flag of Wales  Andrew Pagett 10
Flag of the People's Republic of China  Xiao Guodong 10   Flag of England  Jimmy Robertson 10   Flag of Malta  Tony Drago 8   Flag of Ireland  Ken Doherty 6
Flag of Norway  Kurt Maflin 9   Flag of the People's Republic of China  Xiao Guodong 9   Flag of England  Jimmy Robertson 10   Flag of England  Jimmy Robertson 10

Century breaks Edit

Qualifying stage centuries Edit

There were 73 century breaks in the qualifying stage of the World Championship.

Televised stage centuries Edit

There were 74 century breaks in the televised stage of the World Championship.

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