Thailand Masters 2000
Thailand Masters 2000
Blue Eagle Thailand Masters 2000
|Tournament type:||World ranking tournament|
|Venue:||Montien Riverside Hotel, Bangkok , Thailand|
|Opening:||March 3, 2000|
|Endgame:||March 11, 2000
|Highest Break:||140 ( Mark Williams )|
The Blue Eagle Thailand Masters 2000 was a snooker tournament as part of the Snooker Main Tour of the 1999/2000 season , which took place in Bangkok from March 3rd to 11th . After 1996 , the Montien Riverside Hotel in the Thai capital was the venue for the second time. It was the 12th edition of the Thailand Masters or the Thailand Open. The tournament was sponsored for the first time by the local airline Thai Airways International with the Blue Eagle brand .
Last year's winner Mark Williams reached the final for the second time in a row. There was a new edition of the last World Cup final against Stephen Hendry . Williams retaliated for the defeat and defeated the Scots 9-5. It was his second Thailand title and, after the UK Championship, his second win of the season.
Prize money / ranking points
There wasn't quite as much money in the price pot as in the previous year, the sum sank by £ 25,000 . There was £ 6,000 less for the winner alone, £ 4,000 for the losing finalist. There was also less for everyone else, only the entry-level prize money rose from £ 200 to £ 345. But since there were more participants in 1999, there was still prize money up to 134th place.
With the points for the world rankings everything stayed the same, at least for the last 64. For the last 128 there were only 100 points, in 1999 there were 200 participants and even for the losers in the first round there were still 150 points.
|placement||Prize money||Points a|
|Quarter finals||£ 6,250||1,520|
|Round of 16||£ 3,650||1,330|
|Last 32||£ 2,900||1,140 (/ 855)|
|Last 48||£ 1,500||855 (/ 640)|
|Last 64||£ 1,050||640|
|Last 96||750 pounds||480 (/ 300)|
|Last 128||£ 345||100|
|Highest Break (Final Round)||£ 2,500|
|Highest Break (Qualification)||£ 1,000|
|All in all||£ 266,790|
For round 1, the 16 winners of the qualification were drawn from the top 16 of the world rankings . For the first time since the tournament became a ranking tournament in 1994, there was no wildcard round, which means that there were no more invitations for amateurs from Thailand or other Asian countries to play for participation in the main tournament.
In the final, the two best players met: World Champion Stephen Hendry and world number one Mark Williams . Williams had won her first three finals. With the World Cup last year , the tide turned and since then Hendry had won three finals. After the World Cup, Champions Cup and Premier League , it was the fourth clash in the final within a year. Williams had won the Thailand Masters the previous year, Hendry was the winner in 1998 .
Record world champion Hendry set out from the start to his fourth final win in a row against his permanent rival, he won the first frame, led 3-1 at the break and then moved away to 5-2. But Williams didn’t let him get away and cut it to 3: 5 at the end of the session. Although Hendry was in the lead, Williams had just as many high breaks as the Scot. The Welshman started the evening session with a century break and after he had equalized with the next contested frame, the final was just for him. He won a total of six frames in a row in the evening and Hendry was only able to achieve a higher number of points in the 14th frame. But when Williams got this frame too, the 9: 5 win and the title defense in Bangkok was perfect. It was his 10th title on the professional tour and his 8th in a ranking tournament.
Final: Best of 17 Frames
Referee: John Williams Montien Riverside Hotel, Bangkok , Thailand , March 11, 2000
|Mark Williams||9 : 5||Stephen Hendry|
Afternoon : 33: 83 (74), 64 : 1, 48: 73 , 0: 133 (111), 29: 71 , 87 : 4, 25: 79 (55), 70 : 52 (66);
Evening : 132 : 0, 77 : 46, 72 : 0 (67), 73 : 6 (67), 65 : 16, 66 : 44
9 players achieved 12 breaks of at least 100 points in the main tournament, 5 of which went to the two finalists Mark Williams and Stephen Hendry . Williams also scored the highest century break of the main tournament of 140 points in the quarterfinals . It brought an extra £ 2,500 .
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