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2008 World Snooker Championship

888.com World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 19 April–5 May 2008
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £1,050,000
Winner's share £250,000
Highest break Ronnie O'Sullivan (147)
Ali Carter (147)
Final
Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan
Runner-up Ali Carter
Score 18–8
2007
2009

The 2008 888.com World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 19 April and 5 May 2008 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

John Higgins was the defending champion, but he lost in the second round 9–13 against Ryan Day.

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his third World title by defeating Ali Carter 18–8 in the final. It was O'Sullivan's 20th ranking title.[1]

Contents

  • Tournament summary 1
    • First round 1.1
    • Second round 1.2
    • Quarter-finals 1.3
    • Semi-finals 1.4
    • Final 1.5
  • Prize fund 2
  • Main draw 3
  • Preliminary qualifying 4
  • Qualifying 5
  • Century breaks 6
    • Qualifying stage centuries 6.1
    • Televised stage centuries 6.2
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Tournament summary

First round

  • Debutants at the Crucible this year were Jamie Cope,[2] Liu Chuang[3] and Liang Wenbo.[4]
  • The previous year's runner up Mark Selby was knocked out by qualifier Mark King 10–8.[5]
  • Matthew Stevens's 5–10 defeat to John Higgins was the first time he had ever lost in the first round.[6] Matthew Stevens attempted a 147 after fluking a black in the middle pocket, but failed when the break ended on 112.[7]
  • Ding Junhui's 10–9 victory over Marco Fu was his first ever win at the Crucible.[8]
  • Ken Doherty's 5–10 defeat to qualifier Liang Wenbo caused him to drop out of the top 16 of the World Rankings for the first time since the 1992/93 season.[9]
  • Stephen Maguire took the first eight frames in the first session of his first round match against Anthony Hamilton. Hamilton then won the last frame of the session, thus avoiding a whitewash.[10]

Second round

  • Ryan Day reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the first time in his career by beating the defending champion John Higgins 13–9.[11]
  • Stephen Hendry reached the quarter-finals for the seventeenth time in his career.[12]
  • Liang Wenbo suffered embarrassment when he punched the air in premature celebration of a 13–10 victory over Swail, only for Swail to gain a snooker and take the frame. Swail recovered to level at 12–12, only to miss the brown while clearing the colours in the final frame and lose the match 13–12. The result meant that he would not be in the top 16 the following season. After the match Swail complained bitterly that in the final frame the referee had incorrectly replaced the cue ball after calling a miss, giving Liang an easier escape from a snooker, and accused Liang of unprofessional conduct for not pointing out the referee's mistake.[13]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan scored a maximum break against Mark Williams in the final frame of their match, the ninth of his career in competitive competition, beating Stephen Hendry's record of eight. This was Ronnie's third at the Crucible.[14]
  • Following his loss to Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Williams dropped out of the top 16 of the World Rankings after twelve seasons in it.[15]
  • Stephen Maguire repeated his first round feat by winning the first eight frames in the first session of his match against Neil Robertson.[10]

Quarter-finals

  • Ali Carter made the third maximum break of the year (seventh of the 2007/2008 season). This came just a day after Ronnie O'Sullivan's maximum, the first time there have been two 147 breaks in the main draw of the same ranking tournament. Peter Ebdon came very close to a maximum of his own just a frame earlier, but narrowly missed the fifteenth black. Just minutes before on the other table, Stephen Hendry was also attempting a maximum of his own but missed the fifteenth red.[16]
  • Stephen Hendry reached the 12th Crucible semi-final of his career.[17]
  • Liang Wenbo became the first player from mainland China to reach this stage.[16]

Semi-finals

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan whitewashed Stephen Hendry 8–0 in their second session, extending O'Sullivan's streak to eleven consecutive frames against the former seven-time world champion. With winning the opening frame of the third session, he extended the winning streak to 12 consecutive frames. At one point O'Sullivan scored 448 points without reply. This was the first time Hendry had lost every frame in a full session at the Crucible.[18] O'Sullivan won the match 17–6 with a session to spare.[19]
  • Ali Carter reached his first ever ranking final by beating Joe Perry 17–15.[20]

Final

  • For the first time in the history of any snooker tournament, both finalists had compiled maximum breaks in earlier rounds.
  • For the first time since 1991 that two Englishmen played in the final. In 1991 John Parrott defeated Jimmy White 18–11.[21]
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan became only the third player after Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry to win more than two World titles at The Crucible.[21]
  • The start of the final session was briefly interrupted by a streaker who ran onto the stage and then crawled under the snooker table.[22]
  • In post-match interviews, both players admitted to not having played particularly well, with O'Sullivan commenting "Ali and I are disappointed not to put on a better performance". Carter's performance was described as "jaded".[23]

Prize fund

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[10][24]

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).[10][25]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 33 frames
                           
19 April            
  John Higgins (1)   10
24, 25 & 26 April
  Matthew Stevens   5  
  John Higgins (1)   9
20 & 21 April
    Ryan Day (16)   13  
  Ryan Day (16)  10
29 & 30 April
  Michael Judge   6  
  Ryan Day (16)   7
22 April
    Stephen Hendry (8)  13  
  Ding Junhui (9)  10
25 & 26 April
  Marco Fu   9  
  Ding Junhui (9)   7
20 & 21 April
    Stephen Hendry (8)   13  
  Stephen Hendry (8)  10
1 & 2 May
  Mark Allen   9  
  Stephen Hendry (8)  6
23 & 24 April
    Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)  17
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
  Liu Chuang   5  
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)   13
21 & 22 April
    Mark Williams (12)   7  
  Mark Williams (12)  10
29 & 30 April
  Mark Davis   3  
  Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)  13
19 & 20 April
    Liang Wenbo  7  
  Stephen Lee (13)   4
27 & 28 April
  Joe Swail   10  
  Joe Swail   12
23 April
    Liang Wenbo   13  
  Ken Doherty (4)   5
  Liang Wenbo   10  
22 & 23 April            
  Shaun Murphy (3)   10
25 & 26 April
  Dave Harold   3  
  Shaun Murphy (3)   4
19 & 20 April
    Ali Carter (14)   13  
  Ali Carter (14)  10
29 & 30 April
  Barry Hawkins   9  
  Ali Carter (14)  13
21 & 22 April
    Peter Ebdon (6)   9  
  Mark Selby (11)   8
24 & 25 April
  Mark King   10  
  Mark King   9
19 & 20 April
    Peter Ebdon (6)   13  
  Peter Ebdon (6)   10
1, 2 & 3 May
  Jamie Cope   9  
  Ali Carter (14)  17
19 & 20 April
    Joe Perry  15
  Neil Robertson (7)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
  Nigel Bond  4  
  Neil Robertson (7)   7
23 & 24 April
    Stephen Maguire (10)   13  
  Stephen Maguire (10)   10
29 & 30 April
  Anthony Hamilton   3  
  Stephen Maguire (10)  12
21 April
    Joe Perry  13  
  Steve Davis (15)   8
27 & 28 April
  Stuart Bingham   10  
  Stuart Bingham   9
22 & 23 April
    Joe Perry   13  
  Graeme Dott (2)   7
  Joe Perry   10  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 4 May & 5 May 2008. Referee: Jan Verhaas[26]
Ronnie O'Sullivan (5)
 England
18 – 8 Ali Carter (14)
 England
81–56, 127–0, 99–0, 0–104, 86–4, 62–76, 65–18, 73–0, 78–0, 36–60, 86–4, 28–93, 45–80, 123–0, 77–32, 110–5, 66–48, 74–0, 25–64, 85–0, 0–84, 58–42, 4–89, 68–39, 75–32, 62–16 2 Century Breaks: 1 (Carter) 1 (O'Sullivan)

Highest break by O'Sullivan: 106
Highest break by Carter: 104

81–56, 127–0, 99–0, 0–104, 86–4, 62–76, 65–18, 73–0, 78–0, 36–60, 86–4, 28–93, 45–80, 123–0, 77–32, 110–5, 66–48, 74–0, 25–64, 85–0, 0–84, 58–42, 4–89, 68–39, 75–32, 62–16
Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the 2008 888.com World Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifying

The preliminary qualifying rounds for the tournament took place at Pontin's in Prestatyn, Wales between 3 and 5 January 2008.[10]

Round 1
Phil Seaton 5–2 Donald Newcombe
Round 2
Colin Mitchell 5–4 Phil Seaton
Les Dodd 1–5 David Singh
Adam Osbourne 0–5 Sean Storey
Tony Knowles 5–1 Ali Bassiri
Neil Selman 5–1 John Wilson
Ian Stark 5–4 Del Smith
Tony Brown 5–1 Christopher Flight
Stephen Ormerod w/o–w/d Paul Wykes
Round 3
Colin Mitchell 5–3 David Singh
Sean Storey 5–0 Tony Knowles
Neil Selman 4–5 Ian Stark
Tony Brown 3–5 Stephen Ormerod

Qualifying

The qualifying rounds 1–4 for the tournament that place at Pontin's in Prestatyn, Wales between 6 and 11 January 2008. The final round of qualifying took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield between 7 and 10 March.[10]

Round 1
Patrick Wallace 10–1 Sean Storey
Jimmy Robertson 10–5 Stephen Ormerod
Rodney Goggins 10–4 Ian Stark
Liu Chuang 10–0 Colin Mitchell
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
  Alex Davies 10     Ian Preece 10     Adrian Gunnell 10     Stuart Bingham 10
  Steve Mifsud 2     Alex Davies 9     Ian Preece 9     Adrian Gunnell 3
  Mark Joyce 10     Jimmy Michie 10     Michael Judge 10     Michael Holt 6
  Patrick Wallace 8     Mark Joyce 4     Jimmy Michie 6     Michael Judge 10
  James McBain 10     Marcus Campbell 9     Fergal O'Brien 10     Jamie Cope 10
  Kevin Van Hove 2     James McBain 10     James McBain 4     Fergal O'Brien 5
  Tian Pengfei 10     Mike Dunn 10     Andrew Norman 2     Dave Harold 10
  Ashley Wright 4     Tian Pengfei 2     Mike Dunn 10     Mike Dunn 4
  Munraj Pal 8     David Roe 10     Andy Hicks 10     Barry Hawkins 10
  Xiao Guodong 10     Xiao Guodong 5     David Roe 5     Andy Hicks 8
  Matthew Selt 10     Jimmy White 10     A Higginson 7     Mark King 10
  Fraser Patrick 6     Matthew Selt 4     Jimmy White 10     Jimmy White 3
  Liu Song 10     Scott MacKenzie 10     James Wattana 8     Anthony Hamilton 10
  Jimmy Robertson 6     Liu Song 5     Scott MacKenzie 10     Scott MacKenzie 2
  Kurt Maflin 9     Paul Davies 8     John Parrott 10     Joe Perry 10
  Gareth Coppack 10     Gareth Coppack 10     Gareth Coppack 3     John Parrott 8
  Shailesh Jogia 4     Barry Pinches 10     Robert Milkins 4     Nigel Bond 10
  Michael White 10     Michael White 4     Barry Pinches 10     Barry Pinches 7
  Lee Spick 9     Judd Trump 10     Jamie Burnett 2     Joe Swail 10
  Rodney Goggins 10     Rodney Goggins 4     Judd Trump 10     Judd Trump 9
  Jamie O'Neill 8     Stuart Pettman 4     Rory McLeod 10     Matthew Stevens 10
  Martin Gould 10     Martin Gould 10     Martin Gould 8     Rory McLeod 5
  Liang Wenbo 10     Rod Lawler 6     David Gilbert 3     Ian McCulloch 5
  Ben Woollaston 3     Liang Wenbo 10     Liang Wenbo 10     Liang Wenbo 10
  Lee Walker 9     Joe Delaney 5     David Gray 5     Dominic Dale 9
  Liu Chuang 10     Liu Chuang 10     Liu Chuang 10     Liu Chuang 10
  Leo Fernandez 10     Drew Henry 2     Mark Davis 10     Gerard Greene 2
  Alfred Burden 4     Leo Fernandez 10     Leo Fernandez 9     Mark Davis 10
  David Morris 9     Robin Hull     Alan McManus 10     Marco Fu 10
  Supoj Saenla 10     Supoj Saenla W/O     Supoj Saenla 2     Alan McManus 3
  Tony Drago 9     Tom Ford 5     Ricky Walden 10     Mark Allen 10
  I Kachaiwong 10     I Kachaiwong 10     I Kachaiwong 4     Ricky Walden 8

Century breaks

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Qualifying stage centuries

Televised stage centuries

The highest break received a prize of £10,000, and a 147 break received a prize of £147,000 – a total of £157,000. This prize was shared, as two players made a 147, thus winning £78,500 each. In total there were 63 century breaks made at this year's world championships.

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External links

  • Video of O'Sullivan's 147
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