World Snooker Championship 2021
World Snooker Championship Betfred World Snooker Championship 2021
|Tournament type:||World ranking tournament|
|Venue:||Crucible Theater , Sheffield , England|
|Opening:||April 17, 2021|
|Endgame:||2nd / 3rd May 2021|
|Highest Break:||144 ( Shaun Murphy)|
The 2021 Betfred World Snooker Championship was held from April 17th to May 3rd, 2021 at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield . It was the most important tournament on the World Snooker Tour and ended the 2020/21 season . Mark Selby won the tournament and was snooker world champion for the fourth time. Finalist Shaun Murphy played the tournament's highest break with a 144 break.
Ronnie O'Sullivan had won his sixth world title last year and, with the exception of one win, was close to Stephen Hendry's crucible record . Due to his narrow knockout knockout round defeat by Anthony McGill he missed his chance for the seventh title in this edition.
For the third year in a row, the premiums for the placements achieved remained unchanged.
|Quarter finalist||£ 50,000|
|Round of 16||£ 30,000|
|Last 32||£ 20,000|
|Last 48||£ 15,000|
|Last 80||£ 10,000|
|Last 112||£ 5,000|
|Highest break||£ 15,000|
|A total of||£ 2,395,000|
16 players were placed due to their world rankings. Your 16 first-round opponents had previously prevailed in the qualification. The draw for the first round games took place on April 15, 2021.
Round of the last 32
Best of 19 Frames
Round of 16
Best of 25 Frames
April 22nd to 26th
Best of 25 Frames
April 27th and 28th
Best of 33 Frames
April 29th to May 1st
Best of 35 Frames
May 2nd and 3rd
Final: Best of 35 Frames
Referee: Paul Collier Crucible Theater , Sheffield , England , 2/3 May 2021
|Mark Selby||18 : 15||Shaun Murphy|
Session 1 : 49: 57 , 46: 67 , 68 : 65 (65 SM), 89 : 7 (89), 0: 75 (75), 66 : 1, 8: 71 (64), 54: 80 (52 SM ); Status: 3: 5
Session 2 : 85 : 49 (85), 0: 98 (98), 72 : 34 (67), 107 : 0 (86), 34: 97 (64), 109 : 0 (57), 90 : 34 (90), 88 : 4, 69 : 26; Stand: 10: 7
Session 3 : 4: 84 (77), 69 : 58 (62), 41: 69 , 134 : 0 (107), 104 : 14 (54, 50), 1: 100 (100), 0 : 108 (56), 131 : 0 (62, 69); Status: 14:11
Session 4 : 70 : 28 (66), 48: 73 , 108 : 0 (68), 11: 79 (58), 120 : 0 (120), 7: 100 (100), 8: 126 (103), 71 : 57
The top 16 of the world rankings were set for the main tournament, their 16 challengers were determined through qualification. The 128 participants included the professional players from 17th place onwards, with the exception of Marco Fu , Mei Xiwen and Steve Mifsud , who had previously skipped the entire season. For the 19 remaining places, the WPBSA selected three successors from the Q School Order of Merit and 16 other amateur players according to various criteria. Four representatives from German-speaking countries were represented, in addition to the three professionals Alexander Ursenbacher from Switzerland and Simon Lichtenberg and Lukas Kleckers from Germany, the Austrian master Florian Nüßle also got a place to participate.
The four qualifying rounds took place from April 5th to 14th, 2021 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield . The first three rounds were played in the best-of-11 mode , the final Crucible qualification decided in the best-of-19 mode (10 winning frames).
64 players (places 81–128 in the world rankings + WPBSA amateur player). The meetings took place from April 5th to 7th, 2021. The duel between Jimmy White and Stephen Hendry received special attention . The two over-50s had faced each other four times in the World Cup finals between 1990 and 1994. Hendry had won all four games and he won this time too. Thanks to a WPBSA wildcard, the Scot had only returned to the tour this season after a long break and scored his first win in his second game.
In addition to the two German professionals, the Austrian Florian Nüßle also made it into the second round. Besides him, only one other amateur, the Belgian Julian Leclercq, made it to the next round.
kl. = without a fight
64 players (places 49–80 in the world rankings against the winners of the first round). The meetings took place from April 7th to 10th, 2021. Mostly the favorites prevailed. In the duel between Switzerland and Germany, Alexander Ursenbacher clearly had the upper hand against Lukas Kleckers and remained the only German-speaking representative in the tournament. Simon Lichtenberg and Florian Nüßle had to accept the superiority of their opponents Ian Burns and Mark King respectively . The progress of Bai Langning against Alan McManus and Steven Hallworth against David Grace was surprising . Both winners did not make it into the top 100 of the season and still prevailed against opponents from the top 64. McManus ended his professional career following this defeat.
64 players (places 17–48 in the world rankings against the winners of the second round). The meetings took place from April 10th to 12th, 2021. Hallworth and Bai continued their success as the only players outside the top 100. Hallworth won against the Welsh Open winner Jordan Brown in the Decider as did Bai Langning against Ben Woollaston . Alexander Ursenbacher also needed the full 11 frames against Martin O'Donnell and made it into the last round of the World Cup qualification for the third time. With Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Joe Perry , two high favorites lost to players beyond the top 80. Noppon Saengkham tested positive for COVID-19 , which meant that Lü Haotian entered round 4 without a fight.
kl. = without a fight
32 players (third round winners against each other). The encounters took place on April 13th and 14th in the mode Best of 19 (Sessions 9/10). Alexander Ursenbacher had no chance against the favored Ali Carter on "Judgment Day" and thus missed moving into the Crucible for the second time in a row. Sam Craigie , on the other hand, managed to prevail against Zhao Xintong with a similar balance of power , even if he needed the deciding frame for it. The 27-year-old Englishman reached the World Cup finals for the first time, as did Mark Joyce , 10 years his senior , who won a favorite against Igor Figueiredo . For the second time, the Brazilian missed the chance to be the first player from South America to appear in the Crucible. Almost all of the other players outside of the top 64 also failed to surprise and were eliminated. Only Jamie Jones , number 69 in the world rankings, made it to the finals against Li Hang . However, the Welshman had already reached the World Cup round of 16 in 2018 and only fell so far behind in the ranking because of a 12-month suspension.
In the course of the tournament a total of 108 Centurys were achieved by 22 players. This surpassed the previous record from 2019 . The highest century break was Shaun Murphy with 144 points, most played by Stuart Bingham , who got thirteen.