World Snooker Championship 2015
World Snooker Championship 2015
Betfred.com World Snooker Championship
|Tournament type:||World ranking tournament|
|Venue:||Crucible Theater , Sheffield , England|
|Opening:||April 18, 2015|
|Endgame:||3rd / 4th May 2015
|Highest Break:||145 ( Neil Robertson , Stuart Bingham )
The 2015 Betfred World Snooker Championship was the 78th edition of the World Snooker Championship . It took place from April 18 to May 4, 2015 at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield and marked the end of the 2014/15 season .
World champion was the Englishman Stuart Bingham for the first time with an 18:15 victory over Shaun Murphy after he had defeated the co-favorites Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump in the quarter and semi-finals . Defending champion Mark Selby was eliminated in the round of 16 against Anthony McGill from Scotland .
|Quarter finalist||£ 30,000|
|Round of 16||£ 20,000|
|Last 32||£ 12,000|
|Last 48||£ 9,000|
|Last 80||£ 6,000|
|Highest Break (Qualification)||£ 1,000|
|Highest Break (Main Round)||£ 10,000|
|Maximum break (main round)||£ 20,000|
|All in all||£ 1,364,000|
In the first round, only three seeded players failed with Stephen Maguire , Ricky Walden and Mark Williams . Maguire was eliminated for the third year in a row with 9:10 in the first round. Above all, Neil Robertson and Ronnie O'Sullivan (2), who were in 4th position , prevailed confidently, while Ding Junhui (3) caught up 4-0 against Mark Davis and defending champion Mark Selby (1) even against Kurt Maflin had to be in the decision frame. O'Sullivan caused a stir, who finally took off his tight shoes and played a frame in socks to the end. He was not cautioned by the referee for this dress code violation and borrowed replacement shoes after the frame. Ali Carter was ranked 13th by the World Snooker Federation , even though he was worse placed in the world rankings . He thus benefited from a regulation that had been introduced in the course of Paul Hunter's illness : players who are absent from the Main Tour for a long time due to illness have since been "frozen" their world rankings for a year to allow them to re-enter to facilitate.
Mark Selby suffered the " Curse of the Crucible " when he lost his second round match to Anthony McGill . Otherwise, all favorites prevailed, with Barry Hawkins' win against Mark Allen being the closest. Hawkins was 8:11 behind, winning five frames in a row and the match 13:11. As in the 2013 World Cup semi-finals, O'Sullivan was cautioned by the referee for an obscene gesture.
Crowd favorite McGill ended his Crucible debut with a loss to Shaun Murphy . Barry Hawkins prevailed in a competitive game only in the deciding frame against Neil Robertson and reached his third World Cup semifinals in a row. Judd Trump impressed with a strong performance and his typical aggressive style of play against the hopeless Ding Junhui and was then considered a top favorite for the title, while Stuart Bingham surprisingly returned the favor for the quarter-final defeat against O'Sullivan in 2013. O'Sullivan seemed unfocused throughout the game and made many easy mistakes. Bingham, on the other hand, used his chances consistently and moved into a World Cup semi-finals for the first time in his 20-year professional career. In this game, too, O'Sullivan caused discussions when he put his chalk on the table to measure Pink's position, which was again not sanctioned by referee Terry Camilleri . Ken Doherty , among others, described the action via Twitter as a clear foul. After evaluating the video recordings and the match report from Camilleri, the World Snooker Association issued a notification in which it was made clear that the foul had clearly been punished with seven penalty points. Subsequent punishment of the player or referee was excluded.
Shaun Murphy quickly took a 3-0 lead against Barry Hawkins and was about to win the fourth frame when a strange situation arose: Murphy was just behind on points and punched the last black ball, which would have won the frame. However, the ball fell. Hawkins won his first frame with the seven foul points. Even so, Murphy moved 10-2 and 14-3 before Hawkins won four frames in a row. Ultimately, Murphy clearly prevailed 17: 9 and reached his third World Cup final after 2005 and 2009. In the second semifinals, Judd Trump was the clear favorite after his performance against Ding Junhui. Both players won two of the first four frames, then Bingham worked a small lead of up to three frames, which he maintained until the third session. In the third session, Trump equalized again to 9: 9 before Bingham won four frames in a row. In the 23rd frame, both players showed their tactical skills and fought a safety and snooker duel. Bingham gave 36 foul points and Trump narrowly won the frame. In the fourth session, Trump fought his way back up and finally equalized with two Centuries in a row to 16:16. In the decision-making frame, Bingham secured his first place in the final at the World Cup through a combination that the media described as “brilliant”.
Shaun Murphy went into the final as an easy favorite and also won the first three frames with high breaks. Bingham managed the session evenly and made it 4: 4. The evening session showed a similar picture: Murphy took four frames to 8: 4, Bingham countered with three frame wins, where he played the 84th century break of the World Cup in the 14th frame and thus set a new record. At the end of the first day of the final, Murphy was just leading 9-8. In the third session, Murphy made several minor mistakes, which Bingham consistently used. So Murphy missed some long beginners, a quality that had distinguished him in the course of the tournament so far. Bingham pulled away and went into the fourth session with a 14:11 lead. There Murphy fought his way up again and managed to equalize 15:15. What was remarkable was Bingham's break of 102 points in the 27th frame, where the picture was extremely difficult. Rolf Kalb called this break the "break of the tournament". In the 31st frame, Murphy already looked like the sure winner, but then didn't punch the yellow ball off the spot in the endgame on the colors. As a result, an intense safety and snooker duel developed, in which Bingham slowly developed advantages. Murphy only managed a snooker escape on the eighth attempt. After 60 minutes of frame duration, Bingham asked the referee to leave the room briefly to amuse the audience. After a break of about two minutes, the frame was continued. Bingham forced Murphy, who already needed foul points, to punch the blue ball before punching Pink himself after 64 minutes to win the frame. Bingham later said that after the 15:15 equalization, he thought he would lose the match, but the 31st frame made him calm again. Murphy looked battered and Bingham won the next frame. In the 33rd frame, Murphy tried everything again by aggressively attacking a long red ball. The ball also fell, but by a fluke and Murphy had no position on a color. A short time later he missed a similar red ball again, but this time he opened the picture completely and left an easy entry for Bingham. He had no trouble and won his first world title with an 88 break. The quality of the finals was considered consistently high by commentators and experts (30 breaks of at least 50 points, including 6 century breaks), with particular emphasis on Bingham's calm and comeback skills. Murphy said after the final: “There is no player in the world who deserves this title more than Stuart.” John Parrot said: “It couldn't have gone to a nicer person [...] He played the tournament of his life . "Steve Davis said," When he ended up having to focus, he was calmer than anyone else in the room. It shows that nice guys can also be winners. "
Final: Best of 35 Frames
Referee: Olivier Marteel Crucible Theater , Sheffield , England , 3rd – 4th May 2015
|Shaun Murphy||15: 18||Stuart Bingham|
1st session: 103 : 44 (68), 69 : 51 (59), 74 : 5 (65), 0: 105 (105), 15: 68 (56), 90 : 0 (90), 7: 55 , 30: 73 (65)
2nd session: 74 : 57 (74, 57), 106 : 1 (106), 121 : 14 (121), 97 : 41 (51), 1: 76 (76), 7: 129 (123), 0: 113 (89), 76 : 0 (76), 22: 67 (53)
3rd session: 4: 87 (87), 40: 68 (51), 0: 112 (112), 23 : 95 (50), 80 : 4 (59), 0: 87 (87), 84 : 0 (84), 7: 86 (57)
4th session: 73 : 6, 6: 102 (102), 75 : 55 (75), 68 : 29 (64), 76 : 0, 56: 80 , 3: 68 (55), 1: 88 (88)
The top 16 of the world rankings were set for the main tournament, their 16 challengers were determined through qualification. The qualifying rounds took place April 8-15 , 2015 at the Ponds Forge International Sports Center in Sheffield . All games were played in best-of-19 mode .
In contrast to previous years, certain players were not selected for the higher qualifying rounds due to their world ranking position. All 128 applicants for the main tournament competed in the first round and then determined the 16 players for the Crucible in two further elimination rounds . 103 players were set as professionals of the Main Tour for the first round. In order to fill up the starting field, associations and tournament organizers were allowed to nominate a further 25 amateur players. Among them were the women's world champion Reanne Evans , the young German player Lukas Kleckers and the German-Brazilian Itaro Santos , but also ex-professionals like Daniel Wells and Adam Duffy .
Duffy was the only amateur to make it to round 3, except for him, only Darryl Hill survived the first round as an amateur. The top seeded Welshman Michael White failed in Round 2 to Craig Steadman , who then made his first participation in a World Cup final against Jamie Burnett . His second participation in the finals was made by the Chinese Zhang Anda , who as number 97 in the world rankings is the lowest-placed player in the Crucible. With his compatriot Liang Wenbo , he defeated another top player in round 3 in a close match. In addition to him, Kurt Maflin , who started for Norway, and Robin Hull from Finland , two other players who did not come from the United Kingdom also qualified.
At this world championship, a new record was set for the number of Century Breaks . With 86 breaks of 100 or more points, three more were scored than at the 2009 World Cup . Five players made at least ten Centuries. The award for the highest break of the tournament was shared by Stuart Bingham and Neil Robertson (145 each), who played four of the five highest breaks.
Of the 128 qualifiers who took part, 51 scored at least a break of 100 points or more, 81 Centurys were played. Three players scored 140 points, they had to share the prize of 1000 pounds.
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