2012 Warld Snooker Championship


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]

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

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 summaryEedit

First roundEedit

  • 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 roundEedit

  • 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-finalsEedit

  • 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-finalsEedit

  • 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]

FinalEedit

  • 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 fundEedit

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

Main drawEedit

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            
   John Higgins (1)  10
27 & 28 April
   Liang Wenbo  9  
   John Higgins (1)  4
21 & 22 April
     Stephen Hendry  13  
   Stuart Bingham (16)  4
1 May
   Stephen Hendry  10  
   Stephen Hendry  2
24 & 25 April
     Stephen Maguire (8)  13  
   Graeme Dott (9)  1
26, 27 & 28 April
   Joe Perry  10  
   Joe Perry  7
22 & 23 April
     Stephen Maguire (8)  13  
   Stephen Maguire (8)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
   Luca Brecel  5  
   Stephen Maguire (8)  12
22 & 23 April
     Ali Carter (13)  17
   Shaun Murphy (5)  8
29 & 30 April
   Jamie Jones  10  
   Jamie Jones  13
23 & 24 April
     Andrew Higginson  10  
   Stephen Lee (12)  6
1 & 2 May
   Andrew Higginson  10  
   Jamie Jones  11
25 & 26 April
     Ali Carter (13)  13  
   Ali Carter (13)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
   Mark Davis  2  
   Ali Carter (13)  13
24 & 25 April
     Judd Trump (4)  12  
   Judd Trump (4)  10
   Dominic Dale  7  
25 & 26 April            
   Mark Williams (3)  10
28, 29 & 30 April
   Liu Chuang  6  
   Mark Williams (3)  6
23 & 24 April
     Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  13  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  10
1 & 2 May
   Peter Ebdon  4  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  13
21 & 22 April
     Neil Robertson (6)  10  
   Martin Gould (11)  8
26 & 27 April
   David Gilbert  10  
   David Gilbert  9
21 & 22 April
     Neil Robertson (6)  13  
   Neil Robertson (6)  10
3, 4 & 5 May
   Ken Doherty  4  
   Ronnie O'Sullivan (14)  17
24 & 25 April
     Matthew Stevens (15)  10
   Ding Junhui (7)  9
27 & 28 April
   Ryan Day  10  
   Ryan Day  13
21 & 22 April
     Cao Yupeng  7  
   Mark Allen (10)  6
1 & 2 May
   Cao Yupeng  10  
   Ryan Day  5
23 April
     Matthew Stevens (15)  13  
   Matthew Stevens (15)  10
29 & 30 April
   Marco Fu  3  
   Matthew Stevens (15)  13
24 & 25 April
     Barry Hawkins  11  
   Mark Selby (2)  3
   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
  Ronnie O'Sullivan wins the 2012 Betfred.com Warld Snooker Championship

Preliminary qualifyingEedit

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

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

Roond 2

  Patrick Wallace 5–2   Joe Delaney
  Barry Stark 1–5   David Singh
  Stephen Ormerod 0–5   Jamie O'Neill
  Del Smith 2–5   Justin Astley

QualifyingEedit

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

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

Century breaksEedit

Televised stage centuriesEedit

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 centuriesEedit

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

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External linksEedit