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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 5:04 pm 
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April 18th - May 4th 2009
Coverage from Crucible Theatre in Sheffield


1st Round

Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) 10-5 Stuart Bingham (Eng)
Mark Allen (NI) 10-6 Martin Gould (Eng)
Peter Ebdon (Eng) 5-10 Nigel Bond (Eng)
Ryan Day (Wal) 10-4 Stephen Lee (Eng)
John Higgins (Sco) 10-5 Michael Holt (Eng)
Jamie Cope (Eng) 10-6 Joe Perry (Eng)
Graeme Dott (Sco) 10-8 Barry Hawkins (Eng)
Mark Selby (Eng) 10-6 Ricky Walden (Eng)
Shaun Murphy (Eng) 10-8 Andrew Higginson (Eng)
Marco Fu (HK) 10-4 Joe Swail (NI)
Ding Junhui (Chn) 10-8 Liang Wenbo (Chn)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) 10-7 Mark Williams (Wal)
Ali Carter (Eng) 10-5 Gerard Greene (NI)
Neil Robertson (Aus) 10-2 Steve Davis (Eng)
Mark King (Eng) 10-6 Rory McLeod (Eng)
Stephen Maguire (Sco) 6-3 Jamie Burnett (Sco)* (still in play)

2nd Round (best of 25)

Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) v Mark Allen (NI)
Nigel Bond (Eng) v Ryan Day (Wal)
John Higgins (Sco) v Jamie Cope (Eng)
Graeme Dott (Sco) v Mark Selby (Eng)
Shaun Murphy (Eng) v Marco Fu (HK)
Ding Junhui (Chn) v Stephen Hendry (Sco)
Ali Carter (Eng) v Neil Robertson (Aus)
Mark King (Eng) v Maguire/Burnett

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Booked a ticket this morning to see Ding v Hendry tomorrow morning. :D

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Michaela Tabb will become the first woman to referee snooker’s biggest match when she takes charge of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship final on May 3 and 4.

Tabb, from Dunfermline, has been officiating on the professional Tour since 2001 and has climbed gradually through the ranks to become one of the sport’s best respected referees. She has presided over two ranking finals, the 2007 Welsh Open and the recent Bank of Beijing 2009 World Snooker China Open, as well as the 2008 Masters final at Wembley. She is now set to step up to the highest platform by donning the white gloves for the showpiece final at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

“When I started out, I couldn’t possibly have imagined that I’d come this far,” said the 41-year-old from Dunfermline in Scotland. “My only ambition was to be a good referee. It was only after I’d been on the circuit for around three years, when I realised I had the ability, that I felt had the potential to get this far,” said the former Ladies European Pool champion.

“I will be nervous - the only thing I can liken it to is when I first refereed at the Crucible (in 2003) as that was a big step. The worst time for me will be after I set the balls up before the final - after that there’s a wait of about 40 minutes until the match starts. It will seem like the longest 40 minutes of my life and there will be butterflies. After the first frame I’ll be fine as the big occasion brings the best out of me.

“I’m glad that I wasn’t pushed too fast by World Snooker in my first few years as a referee. In hindsight I can see that was the right thing to do. I’ve proved myself now and I’ve got the experience. I’ve been chosen to do the World final because of my standard of refereeing, and not just because I’m a woman. That’s what I keep telling myself - I wouldn’t be going out there if I wasn’t considered ready for it.”

However, Tabb recognises that she has become a role model for aspiring female officials in snooker - and other sports. “I meet women all over the world who say that what I have done has opened up doors for them, so that’s a great source of pride for me ” she said. “This is a big step in my journey but also for women officials everywhere.”

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Good man manifred.......i cant watch the game atm......kens gone proper crap and doesnt qualify for anything :thumbdown: :winkkiss:


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Ken had turned to commentary and punditry last I saw of him. Couldn't understand him half of time anyway.

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Ken had turned to commentary and punditry last I saw of him. Couldn't understand him half of time anyway.


Hahaa his Dublin accent is strong.....gotta love him :winkkiss:


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What a cracking game the Ding v Hendry game was. Top quality snooker from both players. :thumbup:

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PC gone mad.

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PS C'mon Ronnie.

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Reedo wrote:
PC gone mad.

NWAS.


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Wednesday's quarter-final latest (best of 25 frames)

John Higgins (Sco) 12-12 Mark Selby (Eng)
8-119 (118) 0-129 (124) 0-118 (117) 60-19 (57) 69-57 (65, 57) 64-0 (54) 141-0 (141) 0-96 (96) 96-21 95-19 (52) 83-0 (83) 5-77 (77) 18-71 6-114 (114) 0-70 (65) 77-64 (55) 1-76 0-139 (119) 86-6 75-0 (51) 30-52 74-18 (54) 27-68 113-4


Earlier quarter-final results
Neil Robertson (Aus) 13-8 Stephen Maguire (Sco)
9-74 76-19 (76) 62-53 105-22 (105) 14-57 98-0 (98) 88-23 (53) 9-75 (75) 28-50 5-124 (115) 66-25 78-2 51-61 65-33 89-4 75-24 (61) 68-30 7-78 (78) 124-0 (124) 8-87 (71) 67-59 (54 Robertson, 59 Maguire)


Mark Allen (NI) 13-11 Ryan Day (Wal)
27-62 84-0 (61) 66-32 13-70 (66) 8-71 (71) 135-0 (103) 86-16 (51) 80-31 (80) 69-50 (69) 0-84 (84) 10-73 (68) 42-82 1-78 (70) 119-0 (119) 64-54 (54 Day) 82-19 (64) 17-106 (106) 108-5 (108) 29-65 73-28 (59) 53-60 100-20 (65) 29-58 103-1 (103)


Shaun Murphy (Eng) 13-11 Stephen Hendry (Sco)
78-47 (78) 0-117 (117) 44-66 61-67 (61 Murphy) 23-90 73-61 (61, 61) 0-147 (147) 82-0 (73) 137-0 (137) 76-37 (76) 105-1 (104) 80-1 (80) 16-66 (51) 66-63 51-59 89-0 (89) 92-40 (59) 40-71 82-6 (73) 52-53 13-106 (80) 98-16 (81) 29-70 (69) 110-3 (110)


Semi-final matches (best of 33 frames, all times BST)

Thursday, 1400
Mark Allen (NI) v Higgins/Selby

Thursday, 1900
Shaun Murphy (Eng) v Neil Robertson (Aus)

Friday, 1000
Mark Allen (NI) v Higgins/Selby

Friday, 1430
Shaun Murphy (Eng) v Neil Robertson (Aus)

Friday, 1900
Mark Allen (NI) v Higgins/Selby

Saturday, 1000
Shaun Murphy (Eng) v Neil Robertson (Aus)

Saturday, 1430
Mark Allen (NI) v Higgins/Selby

Saturday, 1900
Shaun Murphy (Eng) v Neil Robertson (Aus)

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Betfred are to donate £147,000 to Sport Relief after Stephen Hendry achieved snooker perfection by making a maximum 147 break at the Betfred.com World Championship in Sheffield.

The title sponsors promised the donation for the first player to make a maximum in this year’s tournament at the Crucible Theatre and it was Hendry who accomplished the feat on day 11.

In frame seven of his quarter-final against Shaun Murphy, the seven-times former world champion potted a black with all 15 reds and then cleared the colours to complete the sport’s most coveted achievement.

It was the second time Hendry had made a Crucible maximum, his first coming in the 1995 semi-finals against Jimmy White, and his ninth in all.

Betfred boss Fred Done said: “It’s fantastic that Sport Relief are receiving the £147,000 donation and I’m delighted that it was a true snooker legend in Stephen that made the 147 break.”

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Ronnie out? :ohmy:

I hope Murphy wins then.

When he won it a few years ago his potting (especially long pots) was the best I've ever seen.

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Yeh, Mark Allen beat him over the weekend. :shrug:

Btw Higgins won the deciding frame in his game with Selby after 2 reracks. :ohmy:

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John Higgins had few problems wrapping up a crushing 18-9 victory over Shaun Murphy to win his third World Championship in dominant style.

The Scot became the sixth player to win three or more titles in the modern era, having also triumphed in 1998 and 2007.

Murphy rarely threatened after Higgins led 11-5 overnight and won five of Monday afternoon's eight frames.

Resuming the final session 16-8 up, the 'Wizard of Wishaw' took little time to seal it, finishing with a break of 73.

"It is amazing," Higgins said, surrounded by his wife and three children. "When I won it for the first time in 1998, it took so long to win it again. Now, a couple of years later, to win it again is brilliant."

His final break came to an end with just the colours remaining, denying him what would have been his 12th century of the tournament.

But he had done more than enough and, as he prepares to turn 34 on 18 May, became the oldest Crucible champion since Dennis Taylor triumphed at the age of 36 in 1985 against Steve Davis.

Although the final was a largely lacklustre occasion with the expected fireworks failing to arrive, it was the climax of a magnificent tournament.

There were a record-breaking 83 centuries - easily surpassing the previous mark of 68 set two years ago - and young players such as Jamie Cope and Mark Allen really impressed on the sport's biggest stage.

The only minor wobble for Higgins in the final came in Sunday's opening session, when Murphy hit back with four in a row after Higgins had cruised to the first three frames.

There were brief signs then that his two 13-12 last-frame deciders against Cope and Mark Selby, and then the comeback by Allen in the semi-finals, may have taken their toll.

However, any doubts were blown away by the end of Sunday, with two breaks of 128 in the final three frames of the day giving him an 11-5 lead and Murphy a mountain climb when they resumed on Monday.

"The second session made the difference really," Higgins noted. "Shaun missed a couple of balls he normally wouldn't miss and I just managed to get in there and pinch a couple of frames.

"I got a good run of the balls in that session and that is what swung it my way."

Murphy, champion in 2005, had chances in all sessions, but was unable to produce the fantastic long potting he had shown in earlier rounds, which included victory over a rejuvenated Stephen Hendry.

Although he showed great determination on Monday with a 91 and a 79, his gritty opponent, whose highest break in the afternoon was only 61, still managed to win five of the eight frames available.

Murphy battled on, but a brave and gutsy 59, to make it 17-9, merely delayed the inevitable.

Higgins took little time to make an effortless 73 to send a large portion of the Sheffield arena into a frenzy.

He now joins Ronnie O'Sullivan and the late John Spencer with three world titles to his name, although still has a little work to do to catch up with Stephen Hendry (seven), Davis (six) and Ray Reardon (six).

"John's tactical and safety play is just the best I have ever played against," said Murphy, who won this season's UK Championship, the sport's second biggest prize.

"He had me in all sorts of trouble and all credit to the guy - he is the best tactical player I have ever seen.

"It is a 17-day tournament, and the first 15-and-a-half days of it were fantastic for me. The last day-and-a-half I am not so pleased with, but I can't let that ruin what has been a great season."

Result
John Higgins (Sco) 18-9 Shaun Murphy (Eng)
83-0 (78) 85-6 (52) 79-20 7-83 (58) 50-96 0-114 (109) 49-63 69-34 (50) 98-1 (57) 12-87 (52) 70-51 95-11 (95) 70-45 132-0 (128) 82-0 (51) 128-6 (128) 64-42 0-91 (91) 60-49 76-43 28-70 49-79 (79) 94-26 (61) 80-59 (Higgins 52) 106-21 (58) 0-78 (59) 105-0 (73)

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Higgins played some terrific snooker, and Murphy never really got going. Was a bit of a disappointment that the final ended in such short order, and was relatively uncompetitive. Glad that Higgins won though, he's a terrific player, who should've won more than he has.

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Glad to see Higgins win. Crackin' player that sometimes gets overlooked when talking about the greats. That's his 3rd world championship and puts him up with the best. Comes across as a nice guy aswell. Well done :thumbup:

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Glad to see Higgins win. Crackin' player that sometimes gets overlooked when talking about the greats. That's his 3rd world championship and puts him up with the best. Comes across as a nice guy aswell. Well done :thumbup:


Yup, very few players in the 3 times or more category, only the real greats of the game. Higgins has one of the best all around games I've ever seen, his safety play is fantastic, and his break building is top class. It does confuse me that he's won relatively little though, he could / should have had a lot more success.

Nice to see him celebrating with his family too, seem a nice family all around.

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Didn't see any of final or semis due to cricket. Until then though, Higgins looked in good form and was tipped by many this year. Is it worthy of being legendary to win it 3 times now though? :shrug:

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Didn't see any of final or semis due to cricket. Until then though, Higgins looked in good form and was tipped by many this year. Is it worthy of being legendary to win it 3 times now though? :shrug:

Reardon, Hendry, Davis, O'Sullivan, Spencer are the only 5 men to win 3 world titles before. Not bad company to be in.

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Didn't see any of final or semis due to cricket. Until then though, Higgins looked in good form and was tipped by many this year. Is it worthy of being legendary to win it 3 times now though? :shrug:

Reardon, Hendry, Davis, O'Sullivan, Spencer are the only 5 men to win 3 world titles before. Not bad company to be in.


Didn't know that. Incredible achievement then. :bow:

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