Welsh Open 2000
Welsh Open 2000
|Tournament type:||World ranking tournament|
Cardiff International Arena ,
Cardiff , Wales
|Opening:||January 24, 2000|
|Endgame:||January 30, 2000
|Highest Break:||147 ( Barry Pinches )|
The Welsh Open 2000 was a snooker tournament of the 1999/2000 season that was held from January 24th to 30th, 2000 in the International Arena of Cardiff . For the second time, the Welsh capital hosted the tournament.
Defending champion Mark Williams only made it to the last sixteen this time. The final was played by John Higgins and Stephen Lee . After losing the final twice before, world number one Higgins won the title with 9: 8 in the decision-making frame on the third attempt.
Prize money / world ranking points
In terms of the points for the world rankings , nothing changed for the finalists, as there were fewer qualifying participants this time, there were only fewer points for the losers in the first round.
|Prize money||World ranking
|Quarter finalist||£ 9,400||1,520|
|Round of 16||£ 4,800||1,140|
|Last 32||£ 2,775||855|
|Last 64||£ 2,400||640|
|Last 96||£ 1,350||480 a|
|Last 128||£ 800||100|
|Highest Break (Final Round)||£ 5,000|
|All in all||£ 401,250|
kl. = without a fight
In 1995 and 1998 John Higgins had already been in the final of the Welsh Open, but lost both times. Stephen Lee, on the other hand, was only in a ranking final for the third time. It was the only time the two faced each other in a final. An even game developed, which was 4: 4 after the first session. In the evening Lee was able to gain a lead and led 7: 5 and 8: 6. He was only missing one frame to win, but Higgins made up for it with high breaks. In the end, he got the upper hand in the decider and won his first title in Wales on the third attempt. The decision frame was the only frame he won without a high break, with 11 breaks of over 50 points in a best-of-17 final, he set a tournament record.
Final: Best of 17 Frames
Referee: Eirian Williams International Arena , Cardiff , Wales , January 30th 2000
|Stephen Lee||8: 9||John Higgins|
Afternoon : 17: 102 (101), 129 : 0 (129), 78 : 43, 74 : 36, 0: 129 (52, 77), 1: 74 (52), 68 : 54 (50), 7: 83 (83);
Evening : 71 : 28, 46: 94 , 70 : 61 (64 Lee, 56 Higgins), 81 : 67 (67), 34: 86 (63), 78 : 42 (71), 13: 113 (54.59) , 0: 100 (100), 8:65
The qualifiers took place on September 20 and 21, 1999 in Blackpool , England . In rounds with 64 players each, the 32 players were determined who competed against the top 32 of the world rankings in the main tournament in Cardiff at the beginning of 2000 , with better placed players being placed for the higher qualifying rounds.
20 players scored 45 breaks of at least 100 points in the main tournament and set a new tournament record. 7 players achieved at least 3 Centurys and the winner John Higgins even managed 6. The highlight of the breaks, however, had already occurred four months earlier in the qualifying tournament: Barry Pinches achieved a maximum break , the 31st in snooker history according to the official count. Nevertheless, he lost the match against Joe Johnson 4-5. At least he got the special £ 6,000 bonus for the 147 Break. It was the only thing in Pinches' career. As part of the Tournament was the second maximum: For the Welsh Open in 1999 had Ronnie O'Sullivan scored the first.
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