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Tournament information
Dates 21 April – 7 May 2018
Venue Crucible Theatre
Location Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,968,000
Winner's share £425,000
Highest break Flag of Scotland John Higgins (146)
Champions
Defending champion Flag of England Mark Selby
Winner Flag of Wales Mark Williams
Runner up Flag of Scotland John Higgins
Score 18–16

The 2018 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 2018 Betfred World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional snooker tournament, taking place from 21 April to 7 May 2018 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. It was the twentieth and final ranking event of the 2017/2018 season, and the tournament was broadcast in Europe by the BBC and Eurosport.

Mark Selby was the two-time defending champion, having beaten John Higgins in the 2017 final. However, the defending champion lost in the first round 10–4 to Joe Perry. The tournament marked the first time since 1978 that the title was won by a player aged 40+.

Mark Williams won his third world title and 21st ranking title by beating John Higgins 18–16 in the final. The win came 15 years after Williams' second world title – the longest span between two wins in the history of the tournament.

Tournament summary

Seeding and qualifying rounds

The top 16 seeds automatically qualified for the last 32. Defending champion Mark Selby was seeded 1, while other seedings were allocated based on the latest world rankings (revision 10). All the other players (from 17th place in ranking) started in the first round of qualifying and were required to win three best-of-19 matches in order to reach the Crucible. The qualifying rounds took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield from 11 to 18 April 2018. The 16 qualifiers were drawn at random against the 16 seeds. The draw was due to take place at 10:00 BST on 19 April, but was delayed until 12:00 BST because of technical issues.

Three former world champions participated in the qualifying rounds: Ken Doherty (1997), Peter Ebdon (2002) and Graeme Dott (2006). Of these, only Graeme Dott qualified for the main tournament at the Crucible. Also three former world championship finalists participated in the qualifying rounds: Jimmy White (six times: 1984 and 1990–1994), Nigel Bond (once: 1995) and Matthew Stevens (twice: 2000 and 2005). From these, Matthew Stevens qualified for the main tournament at the Crucible. The youngest participant in qualifying was Jackson Page at 16 years, while 55-year-old Jimmy White was the oldest participant.

Liang Wenbo achieved his third professional maximum break and his second of the 2017/2018 season in the tenth frame of his first round qualifying match against Rod Lawler. It was the second consecutive year, that a 147 was made in World Championship qualifying, and the fourth time overall. Liang came very close to becoming the first player making two maximums in the same match, as he missed the final black after a break of 140 in the last frame. Ranked at world number 19, Liang also became the highest ranked player not to feature in the tournament, as both Ryan Day (world number 17), and Stephen Maguire (world number 18) qualified.

Only seven of the 64 unseeded participants (players ranked outside the world's top 80) in qualifying made it through the first qualifying round. Only one of them, Adam Duffy, made it to the third qualifying round. He did, however, not qualify for the main stage at the Crucible. Four players qualified for the Crucible for the first time: Liam Highfield, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Lyu Haotian and Chris Wakelin. China's Lyu became the lowest ranked player to reach this World Championship's main stage.

First round

The draw for the first round of the tournament was made on 19 April 2018, two days before the start of the competition. Eight former (including the current) world champions started in the main tournament at the Crucible: Ronnie O'Sullivan (five times), John Higgins (four times), Mark Selby (three times – including current), Mark Williams (two times), Shaun Murphy, Graeme Dott, Neil Robertson and Stuart Bingham (one time each). Also five former world championship finalists started in the main tournament at the Crucible: Matthew Stevens (twice: 2000 and 2005), Ali Carter (twice: 2008 and 2012), Judd Trump (once: 2011), Barry Hawkins (once: 2013) and Ding Junhui (once: 2016). The youngest player to partipate at the tournament main stage was Lyu Haotian at 20 years, while 43-year-old Joe Perry was the oldest. Both of them came through qualifying.

Ronnie O'Sullivan made his 26th consecutive appearance in the final stages of the World Championship since making his debut in 1993, one short of Stephen Hendry's record of 27 consecutive appearances and four short of Steve Davis's record of 30 career appearances. Despite missing out on much of the 2017/2018 season due to eye surgery, Marco Fu was participating in the 2018 World Championship. The first round of the tournament was played over six days, between 21 and 26 April, with matches played on two tables in the Crucible Theatre.

The defending champion, Mark Selby, played in the opening match of the first round. His opponent, Joe Perry, won the first four frames before pulling away to 7–2 ahead after the first session of play. Selby was unable to catch Perry, as he was defeated 10–4, ending his 10-match undefeated streak in the world championships and also ending his 719 day reign as world champion.

Despite trailing 4–0 and 6–3 after the opening session of their match, Ronnie O'Sullivan won seven of the last eight frames to defeat Stephen Maguire 10–7. He has also won his 1000th frame at the Crucible, at the 16th frame of the encounter. It was O’Sullivan’s 15th consecutive first round victory at the World Championship. Masters finalist Kyren Wilson defeated Matthew Stevens 10–3 in the opening round. In the 12th frame of the match, Stevens declared a foul on himself, after nudging the pink ball with his hand, allowing Wilson to win the frame.

World number 11, Marco Fu was defeated by debutant Lyu Haotian in his first round match, with Fu having recently had eye surgery to recover from retinal degeneration and myodesopsia in his left eye. Lyu was 6–3 up after the initial session of their match, and won the match 10–5. Ali Carter also defeated Graeme Dott 10–8 in his first round match, despite being three frames behind at 6–3 overnight.

2018 Masters champion Mark Allen defeated debutant Liam Highfield 10–5 in his first round match. The pair did not score a century, however there were two 99-breaks by Highfield. The eighth seeded Shaun Murphy played qualifier and world number 51 Jamie Jones in the first round. The game was tight, with the scores being level at various stages until Jones defeated Murphy 10–9. 2013 World Snooker Championship runner-up Barry Hawkins defeated Stuart Carrington 10–7, after winning a 55-minute 14th frame.

For the second successive year, Ding Junhui faced a fellow Chinese player in the first round of the World Championship. Having defeated Zhou Yuelong in 2017, he faced Xiao Guodong in 2018. Ding came out as a comfortable 10–3 winner, despite losing the opening two frames of the match.

Two more qualifiers won their first round matches. Ricky Walden defeated Luca Brecel 10–6. Walden was originally five frames ahead at 8–3; Brecel won the next three frames, to leave the game at 8–6, before Walden won the final two frames of the game. Jack Lisowski defeated 2015 World Snooker Champion Stuart Bingham 10–7, thereby securing his first world championship match win.

Two-time champion Mark Williams defeated Jimmy Robertson in his first round match 10–5. Williams lead 7–2 after the initial session, and in the 13th frame, hit a tournament highest break at that point of 140, to go 9–4 ahead, before winning the deciding frame in the 15th frame. Fifth seed John Higgins defeated Thai debutant Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10–7, with both players had an attempts for maximum breaks. Higgins missed 14th red ball on 104 in the eighth frame of the first session. In the final session, Un-Nooh scored 14 reds and blacks, before missing the final 15th red on 112 in the 12th frame on course for his second maximum. 2010 champion Neil Robertson was also defeated, losing to Robert Milkins 10–5.

Anthony McGill defeated Ryan Day, despite being 8–5 behind; won the final five frames of the match to win 10–8. McGill said that he "can't [sic] believe I won," and the BBC referring to as an "unbelievable comeback. The final match of the first round saw the second final frame decider, with Chris Wakelin winning four frames in a row, to level at 8–8, coming from 8–4 behind against Judd Trump. The two took the match to a decider at nine a piece, before Trump took the final frame.

Out of eight former world champions playing in the tournament main stage, three made it through to the second round. The three former champions to progress were Ronnie O'Sullivan (five-time champion), John Higgins (four-time champion) and Mark Williams (two-time champion), all professionals since 1992.

Second round

The second round of the tournament saw matches being played as best of 25 frames (13 frames needed to win), played over three sessions. Current Masters champion, Mark Allen and Joe Perry, who defeated the defending world champion in the first round, shared the spoils through the first two sessions of their second round match. In the third session, however, Allen won all five frames to go through to the quarter-finals with a 13–8 win.

Barry Hawkins entered the quarter-finals for the sixth consecutive year after beating Lyu Haotian 13–10. Hawkins and Lyu were level at 10 frames all before Hawkins won the final three frames of the match. In a rematch of both the 2008 and 2012 World Snooker final, Ali Carter played Ronnie O'Sullivan in the second round. Having only defeated O'Sullivan on one occasion from seventeen attempts (in the group stage at the non-ranking 2010 Championship League), Carter won 13–9 to advance to the quarter-finals. The match saw Carter and O'Sullivan come into contact and exchange words after the 19th frame.

Kyren Wilson entered the quarter-finals by defeating Jamie Jones 13–5, winning the last six frames of the match. In the penultimate frame of the match, during a clearance, Wilson played a screw shot, jumping the cueball off the table. During the shot, he damaged the head of his cue tip. John Higgins defeated Jack Lisowski 13–1 with a session to spare, with Lisowski scoring his only frame at 10–0 behind. Two frames later, Higgins scored a personal Crucible high break of 146, the highest of the 2018 tournament to-date.

The remaining three matches of the second round finished with Ding Junhui defeating Anthony McGill 13–4 after winning the first session of their match 8–0, scoring seven 50+ breaks. Judd Trump defeated Ricky Walden 13–9, with the score level at 8–8 after the first two sessions. Mark Williams defeated Robert Milkins, 13–7, thereby eliminating the last remaining qualifier in the competition.

Quarterfinals

The quarterfinals were also played as best of 25 frame matches over 3 sessions. The quarterfinalists were all top sixteen players, with Masters Champion Mark Allen as the lowest ranked player left in the competition. Three-time ranking event winner, Barry Hawkins, defeated 13-time ranking event winner, Ding Junhui, 13–5 and made it through to his fifth Crucible semi-final in six years.

In a repeat of the 2018 Masters final, Kyren Wilson played Mark Allen in the quarterfinals. Masters runner-up, Wilson, won 13–6, after leading Allen 11–5 overnight. With this win Wilson made it through to his first ever Crucible semifinal, having lost in the quarterfinals in the two previous World Championships.

Two time champion Mark Williams defeated Ali Carter, 13–8. Williams took leads of 5–3 and 9–7 after the initial two sessions, and won 4 of the last 5 frames with four breaks of 100 or more.

In the final match of the quarterfinals, John Higgins played Judd Trump in a repeat of the 2011 final. Trump gained an early lead in the second session at 7–3, but Higgins won the next five frames, and the pair finished the session at 8–8. Trump won the next two frames, and take a two frame lead at 11–9, before Higgins won the next three frames, to take a lead at 11–12. Trump forced a final frame decider, before Higgins won the frame and defeated Trump in a match he described as a "classic", jokingly saying that Trump "must hate the sight of him".

Semifinals

The semifinals were played over four sessions, with matches played as best of 33 frames in a single table setup. John Higgins took an early lead in the opening session, leading Kyren Wilson 5–3, and retained this lead into the next two sessions, at 9–7, and 13–11. The pair shared the next four frames to leave the match at 15–13, before Higgins won the final two frames to win 17–13.

The second semifinal saw Barry Hawkins take a similar lead over Mark Williams. Hawkins took 5–3, 9–7 and 13–11 leads before going into the final session. Williams made a comeback, drawing level at 14 frames a piece, and then again at 15 all. Williams took the lead for the first time in the match at 16–15 before winning it 17–15. His victory ensured that for the first time since the World Championship moved to the Crucible in 1977 both finalists would be over 40 years of age.

Final

The final was played as best of 35 frames over four sessions, between John Higgins and Mark Williams. The first session of the match saw Williams take an early lead, winning the first four frames. Higgins won the second mini-session 3–1, and so the first session ended with a 5–3 lead for Williams.

In the second session Higgins levelled the score at 7–7, before Williams pulled away once again to take a 10–7 lead into the final day of the championship.

Williams won the opening mini-session of the final day 4–0, extending his winning streak to seven frames in succession and his overnight lead to 14–7, before Higgins pulled two frames back after the mid-session interval. The second of those frames, Higgins won with a 72 counter-clearance after Williams had broken down on a break of 65. In the following frame Higgins was on a path to Crucible history as he was on his way to the first ever maximum break in a World Championship final. He broke down on ten reds and blacks, though, but the break of 80 secured his third successive frame win and reduced his deficit to 10–14. Williams won the final frame of the afternoon to win the session 5–3 and take a 15–10 lead into the final session of the championship.

Higgins reeled off the first five frames of the final session of the championship to level the match at 15–15, including 3 consecutive counter clearances and a match highest break of 131. Williams then won his first frame of the evening and followed up with a 100 break to get to 17–15. In the 33th frame Williams missed a pink to clinch the title when on a break of 63; Higgins cleared up to pull to within one-frame, 16–17. In the 34th frame, however, Williams held his nerve to make a match winning contribution of 70 to clinch his third world title with the score, 18–16.

Prize fund

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:

  • Winner: £425,000
  • Runner-up: £180,000
  • Semifinal: £85,000
  • Quarterfinal: £42,500
  • Last 16: £27,500
  • Last 32: £18,000

  • Last 48: £13,500
  • Last 80: £9,000
  • Televised highest break: £10,000
  • Non-televised highest break: £1,000
  • Total: £1,968,000

The prize for a maximum break was boosted to £40,000 whereas, the prize for a 147 in qualifying was £10,000.

Main draw

The numbers in parentheses are players' seedings.

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 England Mark Selby (1)  4
26 & 27 April
 Flag of England Joe Perry  10


 
 Flag of England Joe Perry  8
22 & 23 April
   Flag of Northern Ireland Mark Allen (16)  13


 
 Flag of Northern Ireland Mark Allen (16)  10
1 & 2 May
 Flag of England Liam Highfield  5


 
 Flag of Northern Ireland Mark Allen (16)  6
21 & 22 April
   Flag of England Kyren Wilson (9)  13


 
 Flag of England Kyren Wilson (9)  10
27 & 28 April
 Flag of Wales Matthew Stevens  3


 
 Flag of England Kyren Wilson (9)  13
22 & 23 April
   Flag of Wales Jamie Jones  5


 
 Flag of England Shaun Murphy (8)  9
3, 4 & 5 May
 Flag of Wales Jamie Jones  10


 
 Flag of England Kyren Wilson (9)  13
25 April
   Flag of Scotland John Higgins (5)  17


 Flag of Scotland John Higgins (5)  10
28 & 29 April
 Flag of Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh  7


 
 Flag of Scotland John Higgins (5)  13
24 April
   Flag of England Jack Lisowski  1


 
 Flag of England Stuart Bingham (12)  7
1 & 2 May
 Flag of England Jack Lisowski  10


 
 Flag of Scotland John Higgins (5)  13
23 & 24 April
   Flag of England Judd Trump (4)  12


 
 Flag of Belgium Luca Brecel (13)  6
29 & 30 April
 Flag of England Ricky Walden  10


 
 Flag of England Ricky Walden  9
25 & 26 April
   Flag of England Judd Trump (4)  13


 
 Flag of England Judd Trump (4)  10
 Flag of England Chris Wakelin  9



 
23 & 24 April            
 Flag of the People's Republic of China Ding Junhui (3)  10
29 & 30 April
 Flag of the People's Republic of China Xiao Guodong  3



 
 Flag of the People's Republic of China Ding Junhui (3)  13
25 & 26 April
   Flag of Scotland Anthony McGill (14)  4


 
 Flag of Scotland Anthony McGill (14)  10
1 & 2 May
 Flag of Wales Ryan Day  8



 
 Flag of the People's Republic of China Ding Junhui (3)  5
21 & 22 April
   Flag of England Barry Hawkins (6)  13


 
 Flag of Hong Kong Marco Fu (11)  5
26, 27 & 28 April
 Flag of the People's Republic of China Lyu Haotian  10


 
 Flag of the People's Republic of China Lyu Haotian  10
23 April
   Flag of England Barry Hawkins (6)  13


 
 Flag of England Barry Hawkins (6)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
 Flag of England Stuart Carrington  7


 
 Flag of England Barry Hawkins (6)  15
24 & 25 April
   Flag of Wales Mark Williams (7)  17


 Flag of Wales Mark Williams (7)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 Flag of England Jimmy Robertson  5


 
 Flag of Wales Mark Williams (7)  13
24 & 25 April
   Flag of England Robert Milkins  7


 
 Flag of Australia Neil Robertson (10)  5
1 & 2 May
 Flag of England Robert Milkins  10


 
 Flag of Wales Mark Williams (7)  13
21 & 22 April
   Flag of England Ali Carter (15)  8


 
 Flag of England Ali Carter (15)  10
27 & 28 April
 Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott  8


 
 Flag of England Ali Carter (15)  13
21 & 22 April
   Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  9


 
 Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan (2)  10
 Flag of Scotland Stephen Maguire  7


 
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 6 & 7 May. Referee: Flag of England Brendan Moore.


John Higgins (5)
Flag of Scotland


16–18


Mark Williams (7)
Flag of Wales


23–75, 15–65, 35–72, 60–70 (55),
120–4 (119), 0–133 (95), 98–0 (52), 82–21 (59)


Session 1
3–5


23–75, 15–65, 35–72, 60–70 (55),
120–4 (119), 0–133 (95), 98–0 (52), 82–21 (59)


46–81 (72), 82–21 (59), 127–8 (127), 12–76,
85–9 (56), 123–15 (117), 0–123 (118), 35–64 (64), 43–80


Session 2
4–5 (7–10)


46–81 (72), 82–21 (59), 127–8 (127), 12–76,
85–9 (56), 123–15 (117), 0–123 (118), 35–64 (64), 43–80


5–98 (61), 19–73 (56), 0–126 (69, 56), 7–63 (52),
92–29 (67), 76–65 (72, 65), 80–0 (80), 8–84


Session 3
3–5 (10–15)


5–98 (61), 19–73 (56), 0–126 (69, 56), 7–63 (52),
92–29 (67), 76–65 (72, 65), 80–0 (80), 8–84


131–1 (131), 68–58 (67, 58), 82–47 (82), 91–0 (52),
67–47 (62), 0–74, 15–104 (100), 65–63 (65, 63), 0–71 (69)


Session 4
6–3 (16–18)


131–1 (131), 68–58 (67, 58), 82–47 (82), 91–0 (52),
67–47 (62), 0–74, 15–104 (100), 65–63 (65, 63), 0–71 (69)



131


Highest break


118


4


Century breaks


2


17


50+ breaks


14


Flag of Wales Mark Williams wins the 2018 Betfred World Snooker Championship


Qualifying

128 players competed in the qualifying competition. There were three qualifying rounds, with the sixteen winners of the third round matches progressing to the main stages of the tournament at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Qualifying took place between 11–18 April 2018 at the English Institute of Sport, also in Sheffield, in a 12-table set-up. All matches were best of 19 frames.

The total 113 tour players (ranked outside the top-16, including Invitational Tour Card holders Ken Doherty and Jimmy White) were joined by 15 amateur players who had achieved success through the WPBSA qualifying criteria. Among the 131 World Snooker Tour players, only Boonyarit Keattikun and Kritsanut Lertsattayathorn (both from Thailand) were not participating in qualifying rounds. The following 15 amateur players were invited to compete in qualifying:

  • 2018 OBSF Oceania Championship winner: Flag of Australia Adrian Ridley

Players ranked 17–80 in the world rankings were seeded in qualifying. The rest of the tour players plus the invited amateurs were drawn randomly.

Round 1

Player Score Player
Flag of Wales Ryan Day (1) 10–2 Template:Country data BRA Igor Figueiredo
Flag of England Mitchell Mann (64) 10–5 Flag of England Peter Lines
Flag of England Robbie Williams (32) 10–8 Flag of Wales Jak Jones
Flag of England Peter Ebdon (33) 10–4 Flag of Thailand James Wattana
Flag of the People's Republic of China Zhou Yuelong (16) 10–1 Flag of Wales Ian Preece
Flag of Wales Daniel Wells (49) 10–6 Flag of Australia Kurt Dunham
Flag of England Tom Ford (17) 10–2 Flag of Ireland Leo Fernandez
Flag of England Liam Highfield (48) 10–3 Flag of the People's Republic of China Chen Zhe
Flag of England Matthew Selt (41) 10–1 Flag of Hong Kong Ng On-yee
Flag of England Mark Joyce (24) 4–10 Flag of England Adam Duffy
Flag of the People's Republic of China Mei Xiwen (56) 10–8 Template:Country data EGY Basem Eltahhan
Flag of the People's Republic of China Xiao Guodong (9) 10–3 Flag of Scotland Chris Totten
Flag of England Stuart Carrington (40) 10–9 Flag of England Nigel Bond
Flag of England Ben Woollaston (25) 10–5 Template:Country data POL Kacper Filipiak
Flag of the People's Republic of China Zhang Anda (57) 10–6 Flag of the People's Republic of China Zhang Yong
Flag of England Martin Gould (8) 10–4 Flag of England Paul Davison
Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott (5) 10–1 Flag of Australia Adrian Ridley
Flag of Thailand Sunny Akani (60) 10–4 Flag of Germany Lukas Kleckers
Flag of Wales Dominic Dale (28) 10–7 Flag of England Reanne Evans
Flag of England Mike Dunn (37) 10–8 Flag of Wales Duane Jones
Flag of England Michael Holt (12) 10–7 Template:Country data MYS Thor Chuan Leong
Flag of England Elliot Slessor (53) 10–7 Flag of Scotland Eden Sharav
Flag of England Robert Milkins (21) 10–1 Template:Country data JER Aaron Canavan
Flag of Scotland Scott Donaldson (44) 10–5 Flag of Wales Tyler Rees
Flag of England Rory McLeod (45) 10–8 Flag of England Ian Burns
Flag of the People's Republic of China Li Hang (20) 10–9 Flag of England Ashley Hugill
Flag of the People's Republic of China Lyu Haotian (52) 10–8 Flag of the People's Republic of China Fang Xiongman
Flag of England Anthony Hamilton (13) 7–10 Flag of England Martin O'Donnell
Flag of Wales Matthew Stevens (36) 10–5 Flag of Australia Ryan Thomerson
Flag of Ireland Fergal O'Brien (29) 5–10 Flag of the People's Republic of China Yuan Sijun
Flag of Ireland Ken Doherty (61) 10–8 Flag of Ireland Josh Boileau
Flag of England Mark King (4) 9–10 Flag of Northern Ireland Gerard Greene

Player Score Player
Flag of the People's Republic of China Liang Wenbo (3) 10–2 Flag of England Rod Lawler
Flag of the People's Republic of China Zhao Xintong (62) 10–8 Template:Country data IND Aditya Mehta
Flag of the People's Republic of China Yu Delu (30) 10–8 Flag of England Sean O'Sullivan
Flag of Wales Jamie Jones (35) 10–5 Flag of England Craig Steadman
Flag of England Jack Lisowski (14) 10–4 Flag of England Christopher Keogan
Flag of England David Grace (51) 10–6 Flag of the People's Republic of China Wang Yuchen
Flag of Scotland Alan McManus (19) 10–2 Flag of Scotland Rhys Clark
Flag of England Oliver Lines (46) 10–6 Flag of England Harvey Chandler
Flag of England Andrew Higginson (43) 10–4 Flag of Wales David John
Flag of the People's Republic of China Cao Yupeng (22) 7–10 Flag of Finland Robin Hull
Flag of Wales Lee Walker (54) 10–6 Template:Country data ISL Kristján Helgason
Flag of England Ricky Walden (11) 10–8 Flag of Northern Ireland Joe Swail
Flag of Cyprus Michael Georgiou (38) 10–4 Flag of Australia Matthew Bolton
Flag of England Mark Davis (27) 10–1 Flag of England Sanderson Lam
Flag of England Sam Craigie (59) 6–10 Flag of England Jimmy White
Flag of England Joe Perry (6) 10–1 Flag of Scotland Ross Muir
Flag of the People's Republic of China Yan Bingtao (7) 10–7 Flag of Wales Jackson Page
Flag of the People's Republic of China Tian Pengfei (58) 10–1 Flag of the People's Republic of China Li Yuan
Flag of Norway Kurt Maflin (26) 10–7 Flag of Pakistan Hamza Akbar
Flag of England Chris Wakelin (39) 10–4 Flag of the People's Republic of China Xu Si
Flag of England David Gilbert (10) 10–8 Flag of England Billy Joe Castle
Flag of England Alfie Burden (55) 10–6 Flag of England Jamie Curtis-Barrett
Flag of England Gary Wilson (23) 8–10 Template:Country data POL Adam Stefanów
Flag of Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (42) 10–8 Template:Country data SUI Alexander Ursenbacher
Flag of England Sam Baird (47) 10–5 Template:Country data IRN Soheil Vahedi
Flag of England Jimmy Robertson (18) 10–2 Flag of Malta Alex Borg
Flag of England John Astley (50) 10–1 Template:Country data SGP Marvin Lim
Flag of Wales Michael White (15) 10–9 Flag of the People's Republic of China Niu Zhuang
Flag of Thailand Noppon Saengkham (34) 10–1 Flag of the People's Republic of China Chen Zifan
Template:Country data IRN Hossein Vafaei (31) 10–8 Flag of England Jamie Cope
Flag of England Hammad Miah (63) 10–9 Flag of Northern Ireland Jordan Brown
Flag of Scotland Stephen Maguire (2) 10–5 Flag of England Allan Taylor

Round 2

Player Score Player
Flag of Wales Ryan Day (1) 10–1 Flag of England Mitchell Mann (64)
Flag of England Robbie Williams (32) 5–10 Flag of England Peter Ebdon (33)
Flag of the People's Republic of China Zhou Yuelong (16) 8–10 Flag of Wales Daniel Wells (49)
Flag of England Tom Ford (17) 6–10 Flag of England Liam Highfield (48)
Flag of England Matthew Selt (41) 6–10 Flag of England Adam Duffy
Flag of the People's Republic of China Mei Xiwen (56) 4–10 Flag of the People's Republic of China Xiao Guodong (9)
Flag of England Stuart Carrington (40) 10–8 Flag of England Ben Woollaston (25)
Flag of the People's Republic of China Zhang Anda (57) 10–4 Flag of England Martin Gould (8)
Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott (5) 10–2 Flag of Thailand Sunny Akani (60)
Flag of Wales Dominic Dale (28) 3–10 Flag of England Mike Dunn (37)
Flag of England Michael Holt (12) 10–7 Flag of England Elliot Slessor (53)
Flag of England Robert Milkins (21) 10–8 Flag of Scotland Scott Donaldson (44)
Flag of England Rory McLeod (45) 10–9 Flag of the People's Republic of China Li Hang (20)
Flag of the People's Republic of China Lyu Haotian (52) 10–9 Flag of England Martin O'Donnell
Flag of Wales Matthew Stevens (36) 10–9 Flag of the People's Republic of China Yuan Sijun
Flag of Ireland Ken Doherty (61) 10–4 Flag of Northern Ireland Gerard Greene

Player Score Player
Flag of the People's Republic of China Liang Wenbo (3) 10–5 Flag of the People's Republic of China Zhao Xintong (62)
Flag of the People's Republic of China Yu Delu (30) 7–10 Flag of Wales Jamie Jones (35)
Flag of England Jack Lisowski (14) 10–3 Flag of England David Grace (51)
Flag of Scotland Alan McManus (19) 10–9 Flag of England Oliver Lines (46)
Flag of England Andrew Higginson (43) 10–5 Flag of Finland Robin Hull
Flag of Wales Lee Walker (54) 7–10 Flag of England Ricky Walden (11)
Flag of Cyprus Michael Georgiou (38) 0–10 Flag of England Mark Davis (27)
Flag of England Jimmy White 5–10 Flag of England Joe Perry (6)
Flag of the People's Republic of China Yan Bingtao (7) 9–10 Flag of the People's Republic of China Tian Pengfei (58)
Flag of Norway Kurt Maflin (26) 4–10 Flag of England Chris Wakelin (39)
Flag of England David Gilbert (10) 9–10 Flag of England Alfie Burden (55)
Template:Country data POL Adam Stefanów 4–10 Flag of Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (42)
Flag of England Sam Baird (47) 7–10 Flag of England Jimmy Robertson (18)
Flag of England John Astley (50) 7–10 Flag of Wales Michael White (15)
Flag of Thailand Noppon Saengkham (34) 5–10 Template:Country data IRN Hossein Vafaei (31)
Flag of England Hammad Miah (63) 4–10 Flag of Scotland Stephen Maguire (2)

Round 3

Winners advanced to the main draw.

Player Score Player
Flag of Wales Ryan Day (1) 10–6 Flag of England Peter Ebdon (33)
Flag of Wales Daniel Wells (49) 4–10 Flag of England Liam Highfield (48)
Flag of England Adam Duffy 1–10 Flag of the People's Republic of China Xiao Guodong (9)
Flag of England Stuart Carrington (40) 10–8 Flag of the People's Republic of China Zhang Anda (57)
Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott (5) 10–7 Flag of England Mike Dunn (37)
Flag of England Michael Holt (12) 3–10 Flag of England Robert Milkins (21)
Flag of England Rory McLeod (45) 2–10 Flag of the People's Republic of China Lyu Haotian (52)
Flag of Wales Matthew Stevens (36) 10–2 Flag of Ireland Ken Doherty (61)

Player Score Player
Flag of the People's Republic of China Liang Wenbo (3) 0–10 Flag of Wales Jamie Jones (35)
Flag of England Jack Lisowski (14) 10–3 Flag of Scotland Alan McManus (19)
Flag of England Andrew Higginson (43) 6–10 Flag of England Ricky Walden (11)
Flag of England Mark Davis (27) 7–10 Flag of England Joe Perry (6)
Flag of the People's Republic of China Tian Pengfei (58) 1–10 Flag of England Chris Wakelin (39)
Flag of England Alfie Burden (55) 8–10 Flag of Thailand Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (42)
Flag of England Jimmy Robertson (18) 10–7 Flag of Wales Michael White (15)
Template:Country data IRN Hossein Vafaei (31) 7–10 Flag of Scotland Stephen Maguire (2)

Century breaks

Main stage centuries

84 century breaks were made by 21 players during the main stage of the World Championship.

Qualifying stage centuries

111 century breaks – including a maximum break – were made by 53 players during the qualifying stage of the World Championship.

Representation by country

The table shows the number of players by country in the 2018 World Snooker Championship.

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ENG
Flag of Wales
WAL
Flag of Scotland
SCO
Flag of the People's Republic of China
CHN
Flag of Australia
AUS
Flag of Northern Ireland
NIR
Flag of Hong Kong
HKG
Flag of Belgium
BEL
Flag of Thailand
THA
Flag of Ireland
IRL
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IRN
Template:Country data POL
POL
Flag of Cyprus
CYP
Flag of Finland
FIN
Flag of Norway
NOR
Template:Country data BRA
BRA
Template:Country data EGY
EGY
Flag of Germany
GER
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IND
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ISL
Template:Country data JER
JER
Template:Country data MYS
MYS
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MLT
Flag of Pakistan
PAK
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SGP
Template:Country data SUI
SUI
Final 1 1
SF 2 1 1
QF 4 1 1 1 1
R16 9 2 2 2 1
R32 16 4 4 3 1 1 1 1 1
Qualifying Rounds
R48 16
(24)
5
(6)
3
(5)
5
(6)
0
(1)
0
(1)
0
(1)
0
(1)
1 1 1
R80 31
(39)
7
(8)
4
(6)
12
(13)
0
(1)
1
(2)
0
(1)
0
(1)
3 1 1 1 1 1 1
R144 52
(60)
13
(14)
8
(10)
21
(22)
4
(5)
3
(4)
1
(2)
0
(1)
4 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Bold: tournament winner.

Controversy and legacy

Following his first-round loss to Jack Lisowski, 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham stated he was to take a leave of absence from the game. Bingham said he would "spend some time with the family and put my cue down for a while." Bingham had spent three months of the season serving a ban for betting infringements; he commented, "It's not been the best of seasons in general, but on the table I've been pretty good."

Following the second round match between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ali Carter, O'Sullivan referred to Carter as "Mr Angry". The pair had brushed shoulders, in an incident the Independent described as a "barge". Following the match, O'Sullivan described it as being "overplayed" by the media.

The tournament's first-round draw was criticized by players and spectators, after it was delayed by two hours, due to "technical issues". World number 22 Joe Perry called the draw "an absolute joke", citing that the delay caused qualifiers to "have no idea when [they] are playing, have to book hotels and make travel plans."

World Snooker Championship
The early years
19271928192919301931193219331934193519361937193819391940
Post-War to decline
1946194719481949195019511952
World Matchplay
195219531954195519561957
Challenge matches
1964196519661968
The modern era (pre-Crucible)
19691970197119721973197419751976
The Crucible Theatre
1977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Winners and statistics
List of winners from 1927 to present

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