O'Sullivan Retains Shanghai Masters Crown
The championships resumed after World War Two and in Joe Davis again won the title in a final that was played over six days with him winning Davis retired after that win but then his brother Fred won the World Championship on eight occasions.
In Australian Horace Lindrum won the title by the score of From to there was no championship and when revived, it was won by John Pulman who defended it on a challenge basis and won seven titles in the s. It was in the s when snooker grew in popularity with proper knock-out tournaments being held and the arrival of players such as six-time champion Ray Reardon, Alex Higgins and John Spencer. With the arrival of colour television, more interest was shown in the sport of snooker. The controversy caused by the behaviour of Alex Higgins also saw the sport hit the newspaper headlines on a regular basis.
In the World Championship moved to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and has stayed there ever since. Since the final has been held over 35 frames with the most famous being in when Dennis Taylor beat Steve Davis The match finished after midnight with over From the s, the tournament has been dominated by Steve Davis , who won six titles but the record for the modern-day tournament is seven won by Stephen Hendry including a spell of five titles in a row between and Not even he could beat the Crucible Curse which has seen no first-time winner retain their title the following year.
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World Snooker Championship betting tips: 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. Two-time champion Mark Williams defeated Jimmy Robertson in his first round match 10—5.
Williams led 7—2 after the initial session. In the 13th frame, he hit a tournament highest break at that point of , to go 9—4 ahead, before winning the deciding frame in the 15th frame. In the final session, Un-Nooh scored 14 reds and blacks, before missing the final 15th red on in the 12th frame on course for his second maximum.
Anthony McGill defeated Ryan Day, despite being 5—8 behind. He won the final five frames of the match to win 10—8. McGill said he could not believe he won;  the BBC referred to his win as an "unbelievable comeback.
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 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— Hawkins and Lyu were level at 10 frames all before Hawkins won the final three frames of the match.
Having only defeated O'Sullivan on one occasion from seventeen attempts in the group stage at the non-ranking Championship League , Carter won 13—9 to advance to the quarter-finals. Kyren Wilson entered the quarter-finals by defeating Jamie Jones 13—5, winning the last six frames of the match.
In the penultimate frame, 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. Two frames later, Higgins scored a break of , one shy of the maximum. It was Higgins' highest break at the Crucible and the highest anyone scored in the tournament. The quarterfinals were also played as best of 25 frame matches over three sessions. The quarter-finalists were all top sixteen players, with Masters Champion Mark Allen as the lowest ranked player left in the competition.
Masters runner-up Wilson, won 13—6, after leading Allen 11—5 overnight. Two time champion Mark Williams defeated Ali Carter, 13—8. In the final match of the quarterfinals, John Higgins played Judd Trump in a repeat of the 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 taking a two frame lead at 11—9, before Higgins won the next three frames to take a lead at 11— 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— The pair shared the next four frames to leave the match at 15—13, before Higgins won the final two frames to win 17— 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— The final was played as a 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, Williams took the next two frames, to lead 7—3 before Higgins scored four frames to level the score at 7—7.
Williams pulled away once again winning the final 3 frames to take a 10—7 lead overnight. In the second of those frames, Higgins won with a 72 counter-clearance after Williams missed on a break of In the following frame Higgins started on a maximum break , which had never been achieved in a World Championship final. He potted ten reds with blacks but could not complete the clearance.
Nevertheless, the break of 80 secured his third successive frame and reduced the deficit to 10— Williams won the final frame of the afternoon, winning the session 5—3 and taking a 15—10 lead into the final session of the championship. Higgins responded by winning the first five frames of the final session to level the match at 15—15, including three clearances and a match highest break of Williams then won his first frame of the evening and followed up with a break to take the score to 17— In the 33rd frame, Williams missed a pink that would have clinched the title when on a break of 63; Higgins cleared to pull the score to 16— In the 34th frame, Williams held his nerve to make a match-winning break of 69, clinching the match 18—16 and winning his third world title.
Williams' win came 15 years after his last world title in —the longest span between two successive wins in the history of the tournament. He became, at the age of 43, only the third player to win at the Crucible in their 40s, joining Ray Reardon who was 45 in and John Spencer who was 41 in The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below: 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 at the English Institute of Sport , also in Sheffield, in a table set-up. All matches were best of 19 frames.
Among the 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: 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. Winners advanced to the main draw. Players and spectators the tournament's first-round draw's two hour delay due to "technical issues".
Following his first-round loss to Jack Lisowski, world champion Stuart Bingham stated he was going to take a leave of absence from the game. Bingham said he wanted to "spend some time with the family and put my cue down for a while".