European Open 1993 (Snooker, 1993/94)
European Open 1993
Humo European Open 1993
|Tournament type:||World ranking tournament|
Antwerp , Belgium
|Opening:||December 12, 1993|
|Endgame:||December 19, 1993
|Highest Break:||142 ( Stephen Hendry )|
← 1993 (I)
The Humo European Open in 1993 were a snooker tournament of the 1993/94 season , which was held from 12 to 19 December. Previously the tournament had always been held in spring, this time it was brought forward and there were two editions of the tournament in one calendar year, but in two different seasons. The tournament took place in the Arenahal of Antwerp instead. Belgium was the first country to host two European Open for the third time, and the same city for the first time. Nevertheless, they had moved to the larger arena hall within Antwerp, so that the sixth edition of the tournament had the sixth venue. The Belgian magazineHumo remained a sponsor of the event.
For the second time in his second participation, Ronnie O'Sullivan threw the defending champion from the tournament: He defeated Steve Davis in the quarterfinals and then moved into the final. There he met last year's defeated finalist Stephen Hendry . But this time the world champion and world number one did better. He defeated O'Sullivan 9: 5 and won the title for the first time after two defeats in the final on the third attempt.
Prize money / world ranking points
The total prize money dropped significantly by £ 35,000 compared to the tournament at the beginning of the year. The qualifiers were cut, and those who did not reach the main tournament were left with nothing. Previously it was £ 250 and £ 750 respectively in the final two qualifying rounds. The winner even got £ 2,000, the runner-up £ 1,000 and the two semi-finalists £ 500 more. In between, the changes were between £ 150 and £ 800.
In terms of the points for the world rankings , only the participants in the main tournament benefited: From the round of the last 32 onwards there were 400 points more for everyone. Below that, the number of points remained unchanged.
|placement||Prize money||Points a|
|Quarter finalist||£ 4,200||2,800|
|Round of 16||£ 2,100||2,400|
|Last 32||£ 1,400||2,000|
|Highest Break (Final Round)||£ 1,200|
|Highest Break (Qualification)||600 pounds|
|All in all||£ 114,800|
First of all, the mode at the European Open remained unchanged the following year. This time there was a radical change. The main tournament was shortened by one round, but instead of the top 32, only the top 16 of the world rankings were set. In addition, 10 qualification rounds had to be played in order to determine the 16 players from the remaining registered players who were drawn to them in the first main round. After all, the length of the matches remained the same: Best of 9 up to the quarter-finals, Best of 11 in the semifinals and the final Best of 17.
The 18-year-old Ronnie O'Sullivan had already won three tournaments in a year and a half as a professional and was unbeaten since November 6th. He had won the Masters qualifying tournament and three weeks earlier in the final of the second most important tournament of the season, the UK Championship , beat world number one Stephen Hendry 10: 6. For the Scotsman it was an immediate opportunity to take revenge, even though he had already lost a European Open final twice. O'Sullivan started the final briskly and quickly took a 2-0 lead, but Hendry equalized by the break. Also in the second half of the session no one could gain an advantage and they parted 4: 4 in the late afternoon. In the evening the Englishman again took the lead 5: 4, but the next frame ended at 36 points and Hendry equalized with the highest match break of 81 points. In the next two frames he even scored 47 points, but failed to close the frame and handed over the frames. For the first time the Scot led with two frames and now dominated the game. O'Sullivan hardly got any points and Stephen Hendry secured the next two frames to a clear 9: 5 victory. For Hendry it was his 18th victory in a ranking tournament and his first at the European Open.
Final: Best of 17 Frames
Arenahal, Antwerp , Belgium , December 19, 1993
|Ronnie O'Sullivan||5: 9||Stephen Hendry|
Afternoon : 86 : 28 (50), 97 : 1 (63), 42: 58 , 8: 81 , 14: 73 , 56 : 1 (55), 69 : 31, 0: 79 ;
Evening : 83 : 7 (59), 36: 81 (81), 47: 57 , 47: 69 (69), 0: 73 , 6: 81 (60)
There were 46 breaks of at least 100 points from round 1 to the final, 35 different players were involved. The vast majority of Century Breaks have already been played in the qualification: 40 pieces by 30 players. Noppadon Noppachorn and Steve Judd each played a break of 143 points, sharing the £ 600 break bonus . Stephen Hendry reached 142 points in a row in the semifinals, for the highest TV break he received £ 1,200 in addition to his prize as a tournament winner. There were only 6 Centurys in the five rounds of the main tournament.
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