The World Snooker Championship has a rich history dating back to 1975 and it is considered one of the sport’s Triple Crown events, alongside the World Championship and the UK Championship.
The 2018 World Snooker Championship was a professional snooker tournament, held from 21 April to 7 May 2018 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. It was the 42nd consecutive year that the World Snooker Championship had been held at the Crucible and was the twentieth and final ranking event of the 2017/2018 season.
Mark Williams won his third world title and 21st ranking title, by beating John Higgins 18–16 in the final. The win came fifteen years after Williams’ second world title in 2003; at the age of 43, he became the second oldest winner at the Crucible. Three-time world champion Mark Selby had won the world title for the previous two years, but lost in the first round 4–10 to Joe Perry.
With only 2 days left for the 2019 Snooker Masters, only top elite 16 players are invited to compete for the famous Paul Hunter Trophy and a top prize of £200,000. Crowd favorite Ronnie O’Sullivan, who has won the Masters a record number of times, will start his bid for an eighth crown against Stuart Bingham on Monday January 14 at 13:00. The World Champion Mark Williams faces Neil Robertson, while Judd Trump will take on Kyren Wilson in a repeat of last season’s semi-final, which Wilson won 6-5.
The Masters Snooker Draw:
Mark Allen v Luca Brecel – Sunday January 13 at 13:00
Ding Junhui v Jack Lisowski – Monday January 14 at 19:00
John Higgins v Ryan Day – Sunday January 13 at 19:00
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Stuart Bingham – Monday January 14 at 13:00
Mark Selby v Stephen Maguire – Wednesday January 16 at 19:00
Judd Trump v Kyren Wilson – Wednesday January 16 at 13:00
Barry Hawkins v Shaun Murphy – Tuesday January 15 at 19:00
Mark Williams v Neil Robertson – Tuesday January 15 at 13:00
QF1 (Allen / Brecel v Ding / Lisowksi): Thursday January 17 at 19:00
QF2 (Higgins / Day v O’Sullivan / Bingham): Thursday January 17 at 19:00
QF3 (Selby / Maguire v Trump / Wilson): Friday January 18 at 19:00
QF4 (Hawkins / Murphy v Williams / Robertson): Friday January 18 at 19:00
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