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2002 World Snooker Championship

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 20 April–6 May 2002
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,615,770
Winner's share £260,000
Highest break Matthew Stevens (145)
Final
Champion Peter Ebdon
Runner-up Stephen Hendry
Score 18–17
2001
2003

The 2002 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 20 April and 6 May 2002 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the defending champion, but he lost in the semi-finals 13 frames to 17 against Stephen Hendry and became another first time champion who fell to the Crucible curse and could not defend his first World title.

Peter Ebdon won his first world title by defeating seven-time World Champion Hendry 18–17 in the final.

Contents

  • Tournament summary 1
  • Prize fund 2
  • Main draw 3
  • Century breaks 4
  • References 5

Tournament summary

  • Stuart Bingham narrowly missed out on a maximum break during his first-round match against Ken Doherty, making it to the final pink.[1]
  • Stephen Hendry reached his record ninth World Championship final and beat the eight set by Steve Davis in the 1980s. Hendry also took the record for century breaks in a world championship, as his 16 bettered John Higgins's total of 14 in 1998.[2]
  • Davis himself failed to qualify for the Championship for the second year in a row, losing to Finland's Robin Hull 8–10 at Newport.[3]
  • John Williams refereed his tenth World final. He retired from the game soon afterwards.[4]
  • Ebdon's victory made him the first man to win both his semi-final and final in deciding frames. Ebdon also required a snooker to stay in his semi-final match against Matthew Stevens.

Prize fund

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5][6]

Main draw

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).[5][7][8]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
20 April[9]            
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  10
25 & 26 April[10]
  Drew Henry  5  
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
24 April[11]
    Robert Milkins  2  
  Fergal O'Brien (16)  8
30 April & 1 May[12]
  Robert Milkins  10  
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
23 April[13]
    Stephen Lee (8)  10  
  Paul Hunter (9)  9
28 & 29 April[14]
  Quinten Hann  10  
  Quinten Hann  3
22 & 23 April[15]
    Stephen Lee (8)  13  
  Stephen Lee (8)  10
2, 3 & 4 May[16]
  Chris Small  7  
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (1)  13
21 & 22 April[17]
    Stephen Hendry (5)  17
  Stephen Hendry (5)  10
27 & 28 April[18]
  Shaun Murphy  4  
  Stephen Hendry (5)  13
24 & 25 April[19]
    Anthony Davies  3  
  Alan McManus (12)  7
30 April & 1 May[20]
  Anthony Davies  10  
  Stephen Hendry (5)  13
20 & 21 April[21]
    Ken Doherty (4)  12  
  Mark King (13)  10
26 & 27 April[22]
  David Gray  5  
  Mark King (13)  12
21 & 22 April[23]
    Ken Doherty (4)  13  
  Ken Doherty (4)  10
  Stuart Bingham  8  
24 & 25 April[24]            
  John Higgins (3)  10
28 & 29 April[25]
  James Wattana  1  
  John Higgins (3)  13
20 & 21 April[26]
    Graeme Dott (14)  2  
  Graeme Dott (14)  10
30 April & 1 May[27]
  Robin Hull  6  
  John Higgins (3)  7
22 & 23 April[28]
    Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
  Jimmy White (11)  10
25 & 26 April[29]
  Dominic Dale  2  
  Jimmy White (11)  3
20 & 21 April[30]
    Matthew Stevens (6)  13  
  Matthew Stevens (6)  10
2, 3 & 4 May[31]
  Mike Dunn  6  
  Matthew Stevens (6)  16
22 April[32]
    Peter Ebdon (7)  17
  Peter Ebdon (7)  10
26 & 27 April[33]
  Michael Judge  4  
  Peter Ebdon (7)  13
20 & 21 April[34]
    Joe Perry  7  
  Joe Swail (10)  6
30 April & 1 May[35]
  Joe Perry  10  
  Peter Ebdon (7)  13
23 & 24 April[36]
    Anthony Hamilton  6  
  Dave Harold (15)  6
27, 28 & 29 April[37]
  Anthony Hamilton  10  
  Anthony Hamilton  13
23 & 24 April[38]
   Mark Williams (2)  9  
  Mark Williams (2)  10
  John Parrott  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. 5 & 6 May.[39] Referee: John Williams.[40]
Stephen Hendry (5)
 Scotland
17 – 18 Peter Ebdon (7)
 England
0–94, 0–140, 13–73, 16–71, 126–0, 73–40, 119–4, 65–36, 0–134, 67–56, 9–68, 68–70, 14–77, 13–69, 70–4, 33–89, 32–69, 126–0, 108–0, 66–21, 89–36, 43–67, 110–0, 97–0, 127–1, 65–58, 22–103, 26–62, 74–30, 21–73, 0–111, 78–39, 4–85, 62–52, 14–72 Century breaks: 8 (Hendry 4, Ebdon 4)

Highest break by Hendry: 126
Highest break by Ebdon: 134

0–94, 0–140, 13–73, 16–71, 126–0, 73–40, 119–4, 65–36, 0–134, 67–56, 9–68, 68–70, 14–77, 13–69, 70–4, 33–89, 32–69, 126–0, 108–0, 66–21, 89–36, 43–67, 110–0, 97–0, 127–1, 65–58, 22–103, 26–62, 74–30, 21–73, 0–111, 78–39, 4–85, 62–52, 14–72
Peter Ebdon wins the 2002 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Century breaks

There were 68 century breaks in this World Championship, a record which was equalled in 2007 and superseded in 2009.[41][42] The highest break of the tournament was 145, made by Matthew Stevens during his quarter-final match against Higgins.[5] This was just the second time that the highest break of the tournament was 145, after Doug Mountjoy's in 1981.[41] Hendry made 16 century breaks during the tournament, the record for most centuries at a ranking event.[2][43]

References

  1. ^ "Snooker: Bingham falls short in maximum chase".  
  2. ^ a b Turner, Chris. "Various Snooker Results". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Robin Hull profile (2002 World Snooker Championship)".  
  4. ^ "Top 10 Crucible finals".  
  5. ^ a b c "World Championship 2002". Global Snooker. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  7. ^ "World Snooker results and reports".  
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 54–55. 
  9. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (20 April 2002). "O'Sullivan eases through".  
  10. ^ "O'Sullivan breezes past Milkins".  
  11. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (24 April 2002). "White ready for Stevens challenge".  
  12. ^ "O'Sullivan edges past Lee".  
  13. ^ "Hann shocks Hunter".  
  14. ^ "Lee leaves Hann trailing".  
  15. ^ "Lee overcomes stubborn Small".  
  16. ^ "Hendry storms past O'Sullivan".  
  17. ^ "Hendry eases into second round".  
  18. ^ "Hendry eases past Davies".  
  19. ^ "Davies wins lengthy battle".  
  20. ^ "Hendry wins thriller".  
  21. ^ "King's sweet revenge".  
  22. ^ "Doherty edges past King".  
  23. ^ "Doherty edges through".  
  24. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (25 April 2002). "Wattana's fall from grace".  
  25. ^ "Higgins wipes out Dott".  
  26. ^ "Sad time for Dott".  
  27. ^ "Stevens overpowers Higgins".  
  28. ^ "White streaks into round two".  
  29. ^ "Stevens dumps out White".  
  30. ^ "Stevens douses Dunn fire".  
  31. ^ "Brave Ebdon sinks Stevens".  
  32. ^ "Ebdon in a hurry".  
  33. ^ "Ebdon through to quarters".  
  34. ^ "Swail bows out".  
  35. ^ "Ebdon advances to semi-finals".  
  36. ^ "Hamilton denies Harold".  
  37. ^ Chowdhury, Saj. "Hamilton stuns Williams".  
  38. ^ "Williams stumbles to victory".  
  39. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (18 February 2003). "Ebdon wins Crucible thriller".  
  40. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  41. ^ a b "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  42. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 150. 
  43. ^ "January 13 down the years: A legend makes his first mark".  
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