2012 Warld Snooker Championship

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2012 Betfred Warld Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates21 April – 7 May 2012
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
KintraEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
Formatrankin event
Total prize fund£1,152,500
Winner's share£250,000
Highest breakScotland Stephen Hendry (147)
Final
ChampionIngland Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-upIngland Ali Carter
Score18–11
2011
2013

The 2012 Warld Snooker Championship (an aw referred tae as the 2012 Betfred.com Warld Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) wis a professional rankin snooker toornament that teuk place frae 21 Apryle tae 7 May 2012 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. It wis the 36th consecutive year that the Warld Snooker Championship haed been held at the Crucible[1] an the last rankin event o the 2011/2012 season.[2]

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his fowert Warld title bi defeatin Ali Carter 18–11 in the final. Aged 36, an juist 55 days aulder than Dennis Taylor when winnin the title in 1985, O'Sullivan became the auldest Warld champion syne 45-year-auld Ray Reardon in 1978.[3]

John Higgins, the defendin champion,[4] lost 4–13 tae Stephen Hendry in the seicont roond.[5]

On the openin day o the televised stage Hendry made the 88th offeecial maximum break, his third at the Crucible an the 11t of his career.[6] He annoonced his retirement frae professional snooker follaein his defeat bi Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals.[7] The toornament wis sponsored bi online casino Betfred.com.

Tournament summary[eedit | eedit soorce]

First round[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Debutants at the Crucible war Jamie Jones,[8] Cao Yupeng,[9] and Luca Brecel.[10][11][12] It wis an aw the first time that Cao and Brecel qualified for the televised stage o a rankin event.[9][10] Cao and Jones advanced tae the seicont roond bi defeatin Mark Allen 10–6 and Shaun Murphy 10–8 respectively,[13] whilst Brecel lost 5–10 against Stephen Maguire.[14]
  • Brecel became the youngest player ever tae compete at the Crucible, at the age of 17 years and 45 days.[12][14][15] He wis an aw the first Belgian tae play at the Crucible.[10]
  • Five Asian players competit in the first roond, which is a Crucible record.[15] Four war frae Cheenae and ane frae Hong Kong.[16]
  • Mark Williams stated on Twitter afore the championship, that he hated the Crucible and wished that the toornament wis played in Cheenae.[17] Williams wis subsequently booed as he wis annoonced tae the crowd afore his openin match.[18] For this comment he wis later fined a tot of £4,000.[19]
  • Stephen Hendry made the 10t maximum brak at the Crucible during his first roond match wi Stuart Bingham and tae date, the last ane made in the televised stages o the toornament (twa maximums hae been made in qualifying roonds syne then). This wis the 88th offeecial maximum brak. Wi this he equalled twa records of O'Sullivan: the maist offeecial maximum braks in professional snooker wi eleven, an the maist at the venue wi three.[6][20] Hendry won the match 10–4 in a rematch of ane of his greatest upset defeats, in the first roond o the 2000 Warld Snooker Championship when Hendry wis defendin champion and Bingham wis makin his televeesion debut.[21]
  • Zhu Ying became the first Cheenese person tae referee a match at the Crucible bi officiating the match atween Hendry and Bingham.[20]
  • In his match against Ken Doherty, Neil Robertson became the fowert player tae mak three consecutive century breaks at the Warld Championship, efter O'Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Selby.[22]
  • Mark Allen, follaein his first-roond defeat bi Cao Yupeng, accused his opponent of cheating. Allen claimed that Cao haed nae admitted tae a push shot at 5–4. Houiver, he an aw conceded that the Cheenese player haed outplayed him during the match.[23] Warld Snooker decidit tae stairt disciplinary action against Allen,[24] who later admitted haein gone too far.[25] He wis later fined a tot of £11,000, an warned he wad be suspended frae the tour for three month if he breached the rules again in the next sax month. Allen wis an aw ordered tae unnergang media training.[26]
  • Ding Junhui creatit mair controversy efter his defeat tae Ryan Day. Ding said that the table conditions war nae right and complained aboot spectators bein disruptive during the match.[18] He wis later fined £250, an warned bi the chairman o the Disciplinary Committee for swearing during the live press conference.[27]
  • Andrew Higginson and David Gilbert reached the seicont roond o the Warld Championship for the first time in thair respective careers. Higginson defeatit Stephen Lee 10–6, an Gilbert defeatit Martin Gould 10–8.[28][29]
  • Aicht oot o the sixteen seedit players war beaten in the first roond. Bingham, Graeme Dott, Murphy, Lee, Gould, Ding Junhui, Allen and Selby aw lost thair places in the toornament. This merked the maist tap 16 players tae suffer defeat in the first roond syne 1992.[30]

Second round[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Awtho John Higgins and Stephen Hendry haed made 45 appearances atween them at the Crucible and baith haed played in every toornament syne 1995, this wis the anly time thay ever met at the Crucible.[31]
  • Higgins made the 500th century brak of his career in his match against Hendry. Twa frames later Hendry made his 775th.[32]
  • Hendry defeatit defendin champion Higgins 13–4, an reached his 19t Crucible quarter-final, sicweys beatin his ain record of 18 quarter-finals. At that time anly aicht players haed played at the Crucible 19 times or mair: Hendry, Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Terry Griffiths, John Parrott, Peter Ebdon, Willie Thorne and Ronnie O'Sullivan.[33]
  • Ali Carter defeatit Judd Trump 13–12, despite haein trailed 9–12. In the deciding frame Trump needed fower snookers and got three, afore Carter finally potted the last remainin reid.[34]
  • Crucible debutant Jamie Jones reached his first rankin event quarter-final bi defeatin Andrew Higginson 13–10. Efter the seicont session Jones led 10–6. Higginson then won the fower openin frames o the last session tae mak it 10–10, afore Jones teuk the next three frames tae win the match.[35] Jones wis an aw the lowest ranked player tae win a seicont roond match. The Warld nummer 36 became the third Welshman intae this year's quarter-finals, follaein Ryan Day and Matthew Stevens.[36]

Quarter-finals[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Stephen Hendry fell 2–13 tae Stephen Maguire wi a session to spare. Efter the match Hendry annoonced his immediate retirement frae professional snooker, citing dissatisfaction wi his standard of play in recent years and difficulty balancing competitive, commercial and personal commitments.[7]
  • Matthew Stevens won 11 frames in a row tae beat fellae Welshman Ryan Day 13–5 frae 2–5 doun,[37] and reached his first Warld Championship semi-final syne 2005.[38]

Semi-finals[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Ali Carter won his semi-final five month efter threatening tae retire frae the gemme due tae heal problems and a loss of form.[39] Carter, who haes Crohn's disease, beat Stephen Maguire 17–12 tae reach his seicont Warld Championship final.[40]

Final[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • The final wis a repeat o the 2008 final, in which O'Sullivan beat Carter 18–8.[40]
  • O'Sullivan haed played in three Warld Championship finals prior tae this, an won them aw.[41] Carter's anly previous final wis the aforementioned 2008 toornament.[40]
  • Carter haed never beaten O'Sullivan in 11 previous attempts in rankin events afore this match.[42]
  • O'Sullivan made a 141 brak in the aicht frame, the heichest ever in a Crucible final.[43] The previous record wis 139 made bi O'Sullivan in the 2001 final.[44]

Prize fund[eedit | eedit soorce]

The prize fund for the championship wis dividit as follows:[45][46]

Main draw[eedit | eedit soorce]

Shawn ablo are the results for each roond. The nummers in parentheses beside some o the players are thair seeding ranks (each championship haes 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers).[48][49][50][51][52] The draw for the first roond teuk place on 16 Apryle 2012, ane day efter the qualifying, an wis broadcast live bi Talksport.[53]

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            
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  10
27 & 28 April
 Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Liang Wenbo  9  
 Scotland John Higgins (1)  4
21 & 22 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry  13  
 Ingland Stuart Bingham (16)  4
1 May
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  10  
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  2
24 & 25 April
   Scotland Stephen Maguire (8)  13  
 Scotland Graeme Dott (9)  1
26, 27 & 28 April
 Ingland Joe Perry  10  
 Ingland Joe Perry  7
22 & 23 April
   Scotland Stephen Maguire (8)  13  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (8)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
 Belgium Luca Brecel  5  
 Scotland Stephen Maguire (8)  12
22 & 23 April
   Ingland Ali Carter (13)  17
 Ingland Shaun Murphy (5)  8
29 & 30 April
 Wales Jamie Jones  10  
 Wales Jamie Jones  13
23 & 24 April
   Ingland Andrew Higginson  10  
 Ingland Stephen Lee (12)  6
1 & 2 May
 Ingland Andrew Higginson  10  
 Wales Jamie Jones  11
25 & 26 April
   Ingland Ali Carter (13)  13  
 Ingland Ali Carter (13)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 Ingland Mark Davis  2  
 Ingland Ali Carter (13)  13
24 & 25 April
   Ingland Judd Trump (4)  12  
 Ingland Judd Trump (4)  10
 Wales Dominic Dale  7  
25 & 26 April            
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
 Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Liu Chuang  6  
 Wales Mark Williams (3)  6
23 & 24 April
   Ingland Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  13  
 Ingland Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  10
1 & 2 May
 Ingland Peter Ebdon  4  
 Ingland Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  13
21 & 22 April
   Australie Neil Robertson (6)  10  
 Ingland Martin Gould (11)  8
26 & 27 April
 Ingland David Gilbert  10  
 Ingland David Gilbert  9
21 & 22 April
   Australie Neil Robertson (6)  13  
 Australie Neil Robertson (6)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
 Republic o Ireland Ken Doherty  4  
 Ingland Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  17
24 & 25 April
   Wales Matthew Stevens (15)  10
 Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Ding Junhui (7)  9
27 & 28 April
 Wales Ryan Day  10  
 Wales Ryan Day  13
21 & 22 April
   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Cao Yupeng  7  
 Northren Ireland Mark Allen (10)  6
1 & 2 May
 Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Cao Yupeng  10  
 Wales Ryan Day  5
23 April
   Wales Matthew Stevens (15)  13  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (15)  10
29 & 30 April
 Hong Kong Marco Fu  3  
 Wales Matthew Stevens (15)  13
24 & 25 April
   Ingland Barry Hawkins  11  
 Ingland Mark Selby (2)  3
 Ingland Barry Hawkins  10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 6 & 7 May 2012. Referee: Michaela Tabb.[54][55]
Ali Carter (13)
 Ingland
11–18 Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)
 Ingland
37–77, 1–121, 85–0, 58–24, 42–86, 55–2, 0–108, 0–141, 84–8, 21–73, 14–69, 62–30, 8–73, 13–60, 83–1, 34–74, 52–3, 0–101, 12–73, 48–62, 41–81, 59–9, 105–34, 62–5, 4–129, 0–92, 78–17, 0–76, 0–82 Match time: 9:08:04 (H:MM:SS)
Average frame time: 18:54 (MM:SS) Century breaks: 4
(Carter 1, O'Sullivan 3)
Highest break by Carter: 105
Highest break by O'Sullivan: 141
37–77, 1–121, 85–0, 58–24, 42–86, 55–2, 0–108, 0–141, 84–8, 21–73, 14–69, 62–30, 8–73, 13–60, 83–1, 34–74, 52–3, 0–101, 12–73, 48–62, 41–81, 59–9, 105–34, 62–5, 4–129, 0–92, 78–17, 0–76, 0–82
Ingland Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the 2012 Betfred.com Warld Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifying[eedit | eedit soorce]

The preliminary qualifying roonds for the toornament war for WPBSA members nae on the Main Tour and teuk place on 5 Apryle 2012 at the Warld Snooker Academy in Sheffield.[56][57][58]

Roond 1

Ingland John Parrott 0–5 Northren Ireland Patrick Wallace
Republic o Ireland Joe Delaney 5–4 Ingland Stephen Rowlings
Ingland Philip Minchin 3–5 Ingland Barry Stark
Ingland Ali Bassiri 0–5 Indie David Singh
Ingland Jamie O'Neill 5–4 Ingland David Gray
Ingland Les Dodd 0–5 Ingland Justin Astley

Roond 2

Northren Ireland Patrick Wallace 5–2 Republic o Ireland Joe Delaney
Ingland Barry Stark 1–5 Indie David Singh
Ingland Stephen Ormerod 0–5 Ingland Jamie O'Neill
Ingland Del Smith 2–5 Ingland Justin Astley

Qualifying[eedit | eedit soorce]

The qualifying roonds 1–4 for the toornament that teuk place atween 6 and 12 Apryle 2012 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The final roond of qualifying teuk place atween 14 and 15 Apryle 2012 at the same venue.[56][57][58] Robert Milkins made the 87th offeecial maximum break during his roond fower qualifying match against Xiao Guodong on 11 Apryle 2012. This wis the seicont maximum brak of Milkins' career.[47]

Roond 1

Brazil Igor Figueiredo 10–5 Ingland Jamie O'Neill

Roonds 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
                               
Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Tian Pengfei 5   Scotland Anthony McGill 10   Ingland Anthony Hamilton 10   Republic o Ireland Ken Doherty 10
Ingland Adam Wicheard 10   Ingland Adam Wicheard 0   Scotland Anthony McGill 8   Ingland Anthony Hamilton 9
Northren Ireland Joe Swail 5   Ingland Ben Woollaston 10   Ingland Steve Davis 7   Wales Dominic Dale 10
Wales Daniel Wells 10   Wales Daniel Wells 4   Ingland Ben Woollaston 10   Ingland Ben Woollaston 3
Ingland Liam Highfield 10   Ingland Andy Hicks 10   Wales Jamie Jones 10   Ingland Ricky Walden 2
Ingland Matthew Couch 5   Ingland Liam Highfield 3   Ingland Andy Hicks 9   Wales Jamie Jones 10
Wales Andrew Pagett 8   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Xiao Guodong 10   Ingland Robert Milkins 10   Ingland Mark Davis 10
Indie Aditya Mehta 10   Indie Aditya Mehta 4   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Xiao Guodong 4   Ingland Robert Milkins 5
Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Li Yan 10   Thailand James Wattana 10   Northren Ireland Gerard Greene 10   Wales Ryan Day 10
Ingland Paul Davison 4   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Li Yan 6   Thailand James Wattana 9   Northren Ireland Gerard Greene 8
Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Yu Delu 10   Wales Michael White 2   Ingland Matthew Selt 5   Scotland Stephen Hendry 10
Northren Ireland Patrick Wallace 9   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Yu Delu 10   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Yu Delu 10   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Yu Delu 6
Norawa Kurt Maflin 2   Ingland Dave Harold 9   Ingland Nigel Bond 7   Ingland Tom Ford 9
Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Cao Yupeng 10   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Cao Yupeng 10   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Cao Yupeng 10   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Cao Yupeng 10
Ingland Andrew Norman 8   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Liu Song 9   Ingland Joe Jogia 10   Hong Kong Marco Fu 10
Brazil Igor Figueiredo 10   Brazil Igor Figueiredo 10   Brazil Igor Figueiredo 7   Ingland Joe Jogia 4
Ingland Ian McCulloch 2   Ingland Barry Pinches 3   Ingland Michael Holt 9   Ingland Mark King 8
Belgium Luca Brecel 10   Belgium Luca Brecel 10   Belgium Luca Brecel 10   Belgium Luca Brecel 10
Ingland Sam Craigie 9   Maltae Tony Drago 7   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Liang Wenbo 10   Scotland Marcus Campbell 9
Ingland Justin Astley 10   Ingland Justin Astley 10   Ingland Justin Astley 3   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Liang Wenbo 10
Ingland David Gilbert 10   Ingland Jimmy Robertson 9   Ingland Mike Dunn 6   Republic o Ireland Fergal O'Brien 4
Ingland Stuart Carrington 7   Ingland David Gilbert 10   Ingland David Gilbert 10   Ingland David Gilbert 10
Ingland Rod Lawler 10   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Liu Chuang 10   Ingland Jimmy White 8   Ingland Jamie Cope 7
Thailand Dechawat Poomjaeng 8   Ingland Rod Lawler 7   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Liu Chuang 10   Fowkrepublic o Cheenae Liu Chuang 10
Republic o Ireland David Morris 10   Ingland Mark Joyce 4   Scotland Alan McManus 7   Ingland Barry Hawkins 10
Poland Kacper Filipiak 2   Republic o Ireland David Morris 10   Republic o Ireland David Morris 10   Republic o Ireland David Morris 4
Thailand Passakorn Suwannawat 10   Ingland Peter Lines 10   Ingland Rory McLeod 5   Ingland Andrew Higginson 10
Indie David Singh 5   Thailand Passakorn Suwannawat 4   Ingland Peter Lines 10   Ingland Peter Lines 4
Ingland Sam Baird 8   Ingland Alfie Burden 10   Ingland Jack Lisowski 3   Ingland Peter Ebdon 10
Ingland David Grace 10   Ingland David Grace 5   Ingland Alfie Burden 10   Ingland Alfie Burden 0
Ingland Adam Duffy 10   Ingland Adrian Gunnell 8   Scotland Jamie Burnett 10   Ingland Joe Perry 10
Indie Lucky Vatnani 2   Ingland Adam Duffy 10   Ingland Adam Duffy 7   Scotland Jamie Burnett 8

Century breaks[eedit | eedit soorce]

Televised stage centuries[eedit | eedit soorce]

Thare war 71 century braks in the televised stage o the Warld Championship.[59][60][61] For every century brak that wis made during the 17-day championship in Sheffield, the title sponsor, Betfred, donated £200 tae Warld Snooker's offeecial charity for the 2011/2012 season, Haven House Childer's Hospice, wi the promise of topping it up tae £25,000 if 75 centuries war made. Houiver, Betfred boss Fred Done donated the full £25,000, despite bein fower centuries short o the target.[62]

Qualifying stage centuries[eedit | eedit soorce]

Thare war 60 century braks in the qualifying stage o the Warld Championship.[63][64]

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