World Championship 2011

Draw and format of the event

Betfred.com World Snooker Championship 2011

Provisional format
16 April - 2 May 2011
The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Saturday, 16 April
10,00
1 - Neil Robertson 4-5 Judd Trump
10 - Jamie Cope 5-4 Andrew Pagett
2,30pm
4 - Ali Carter 8-1 Dave Harold
9 - Mark Williams 6-3 Ryan Day
7,00pm
1* - Neil Robertson 8-10 Judd Trump
13 - Shaun Murphy 9-0 Marcus Campbell

Sunday, 17 April
10,00
5 - Ding Junhui 8-1 Jamie Burnett
10* - Jamie Cope 10-7 Andrew Pagett
2,30pm
7 - Stephen Hendry 6-3 Joe Perry
13* - Shaun Murphy 10-1 Marcus Campbell
7,00pm
4* - Ali Carter 10-3 Dave Harold
9* - Mark Williams 10-5 Ryan Day

Monday, 18 April
10,00
5* - Ding Junhui 10-2 Jamie Burnett
12 - Stephen Maguire 3-6 Barry Hawkins
2,30pm
7* - Stephen Hendry 10-9 Joe Perry
14 - Ronnie O'Sullivan 7-2 Dominic Dale
7,00pm
6 - Peter Ebdon 4-5 Stuart Bingham
12* - Stephen Maguire 9-10 Barry Hawkins

Tuesday, 19 April
10,00
2 - Marco Fu 6-3 Martin Gould
15 - Ricky Walden 4-4 Rory McLeod
2,30pm
3 - Graeme Dott 6-3 Mark King
14* - Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-2 Dominic Dale :-)
7,00pm
6* - Peter Ebdon 8-10 Stuart Bingham
11 - Mark Allen 4-5 Matthew Stevens

Wednesday, 20 April
10,00
2* - Marco Fu 8-10 Martin Gould
15* - Ricky Walden 6-10 Rory McLeod
2,30pm
3* - Graeme Dott 10-7 Mark King
16 - John Higgins 6-3 Stephen Lee
7,00pm
8 - Mark Selby 8-1 Jimmy Robertson
11* - Mark Allen 10-9 Matthew Stevens

Thursday, 21 April
1,00pm
8* - Mark Selby 10-1 Jimmy Robertson
21 - Mark Williams 7-1 Jamie Cope
7,00pm
17 - Judd Trump 5-3 Martin Gould
16* - John Higgins 10-5 Stephen Lee

Friday, 22 April
10,00
18 - Graeme Dott 5-3 Ali Carter
21 - Mark Williams 12-4 Jamie Cope
2,30pm
17 - Judd Trump 11-5 Martin Gould
22 - Mark Allen 3-5 Barry Hawkins
7,00pm
18 - Graeme Dott 8-8 Ali Carter
21* - Mark Williams 13-4 Jamie Cope

Saturday, 23 April
10,00
17* - Judd Trump 13-6 Martin Gould
22 - Mark Allen 9-7 Barry Hawkins
2,30pm
18* - Graeme Dott 13-11 Ali Carter
23 - Shaun Murphy 2-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan
7,00pm
20 - Stephen Hendry 1-7 Mark Selby
22* - Mark Allen 13-12 Barry Hawkins

Sunday, 24 April
10,00
19 - Ding Junhui 3-5 Stuart Bingham
24 - Rory McLeod 2-5 John Higgins
2,30pm
20 - Stephen Hendry 4-12 Mark Selby
23 - Shaun Murphy 7-9 Ronnie O'Sullivan
7,00pm
19 - Ding Junhui 7-9 Stuart Bingham
24 - Rory McLeod 5-10 John Higgins

Monday, 25 April
1,00pm
20* - Stephen Hendry 4-13 Mark Selby
24* - Rory McLeod 7-13 John Higgins
7,00pm
19* - Ding Junhui 13-12 Stuart Bingham
23* - Shaun Murphy 10-13 Ronnie O'Sullivan :-)

Tuesday, 26 April
10,00
QF1 - Judd Trump 7-1 Graeme Dott
QF3 - Mark Williams 5-3 Mark Allen
2,30pm
QF2 - Ding Junhui 5-3 Mark Selby
QF4 - Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-4 John Higgins
7,00pm
QF1 - Judd Trump 11-5 Graeme Dott
QF3 - Mark Williams 11-5 Mark Allen

Wednesday, 27 April
10,00
QF2 - Ding Junhui 10-6 Mark Selby
QF3* - Mark Williams 13-5 Mark Allen
2,30pm
QF1* - Judd Trump 13-5 Graeme Dott
QF4 - Ronnie O'Sullivan 8-8 John Higgins
7,00pm
QF2* - Ding Junhui 13-10 Mark Selby
QF4* - Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-13 John Higgins

Thursday, 28 April
1,00pm
SF1 - Judd Trump 5-3 Ding Junhui
7,00pm
SF2 - Mark Williams 5-3 John Higgins

Friday, 29 April
10,00
SF1 - Judd Trump 7-9 Ding Junhui
2,30pm
SF2 - Mark Williams 9-7 John Higgins
7,00pm
SF1 - Judd Trump 12-12 Ding Junhui

Saturday, 30 April
10,00
SF2 - Mark Williams 11-13 John Higgins
2,30pm
SF1* - Judd Trump 17-15 Ding Junhui
7,00pm
SF2* - Mark Williams 14-17 John Higgins

Sunday, 1 May
2,00pm and 7,00pm
Final (8 frames) - Judd Trump 4-4 John Higgins
Final (9 frames) - Judd Trump 10-7 John Higgins

Monday, 2 May
2,00pm and 7,00pm
Final (8 frames) - Judd Trump 12-13 John Higgins
Final (10 frames)* - Judd Trump 15-18 John Higgins

Round 1 best of 19 frames (9/10)
Round 2 and QFs best of 25 frames (8/8/9)
SFs best of 33 frames (8/8/8/9)
Final best of 35 frames (8/9/8/10)**

* denotes final session of match
**The number of frames indicated to be played per session is subject to change.

'Amateur' O'Sullivan: I'm not good enough

27th April 2011
www.worldsnooker.com

Ronnie O'Sullivan does not believe he is good enough to compete for snooker titles any more.

O'Sullivan described his performance as 'amateur' as he let an 8-5 lead slip and lost 13-10 to John Higgins in a quarter-final at the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship.

Before this event, O'Sullivan had been seeing sports psychiatrist Steve Peters in a bid to improve mentally and return to a winning fashion.

O'Sullivan had not won a match in a ranking tournament since September before he secured wins over Dominic Dale and Shaun Murphy at the Crucible but was still not happy with his form.

"It's no secret that I've been to see someone and he has given me a different way of looking at things," said O'Sullivan. "It was still substandard snooker but I was not smashing myself to pieces.

"I felt like I wanted to but I've worked on a couple of things which have made me not get too involved and I'm just trying to be objective about it.

"I beat Dominic Dale and played well, it wasn't a great match against Shaun Murphy and the standard wasn't great in that match as I dragged John down to my level.

"You can be as positive as you like but the game is about potting balls and I made far too many elementary mistakes, which is unforgivable at this level and at amateur level.

"I had a lot of chances - more than I expected - I just wasn't able to do anything. I can't just sit here (in the press conference) and say I deserved to win because I don't think I did.

"It is a work in progress but if it means feeling great and still playing like that then that won't be good enough for me.

"I've won world titles and thought 'it's not doing it for me' so there's been a shift in how I feel and I can manage it better.

"I need to play to a certain standard which I've not played at for a long time. When I first said I would retire I meant it but snooker is all I know.

"I've been doing it for a long time and it's hard but I'm allowing myself time to find a bit of form.

"But that standard is not going to win titles and that's what I want to do."

O'Sullivan insisted he still enjoyed playing at the Crucible, but finds it hard to accept he cannot replicate the form that took him to 22 ranking titles, including three World Championships.

"I wish you could see me in practice as I'm like that every day," added O'Sullivan.

"It's not like Hendry who says he's playing well in practice but not in matches, I'm playing poorer in practice and better in matches but I'm not coming to tournaments with a lot of confidence and it's difficult to handle.

"I just feel like I've got no game and no shots. As a top sportsman who is playing this game there are certain things that are unforgiveable.

"Whether I can put it right, I don't know, I've been trying for years.

"I'm in a better place and feel better about life and it's not the playing I have a problem with, it's the bits in between, the thinking and pondering about playing.

"If I can feel better about playing badly then I might hang around. It's hard to accept but I'm doing so."

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Rejuvenated Ronnie Downs Dale

www.worldsnooker.com
19th April 2011

Ronnie O'Sullivan was in good shape on and off the table as he stormed to a 10-2 victory over Dominic Dale in the first round of the Betfred.com World Championship.

The three-times World Champion built a 7-2 lead in the first session yesterday with breaks of 78, 96, 113 and 73. And he continued in the same vein today with 115, 96 and 100 to add the three frames he needed. The Rocket now faces Shaun Murphy in what looks the pick of the second round matches.

Chigwell's 35-year-old O'Sullivan has struggled for form and motivation for most of this season and, before today, had not won a ranking event match since September's 12BET.com World Open.

He even called World Snooker to pull out of snooker's biggest event 12 days ago - only to change his mind the next day before he had put it in writing.

But sessions with mind guru Dr Steve Peters seem to have worked as the World No 10 showed a positive attitude during and after the match.

"I enjoyed that as much as I did the first time I played at the Crucible," said O'Sullivan. "I didn't want it to end, I wanted to keep playing. I've never felt like that before. Even when I was 16-4 up on Stephen Hendry in the semi-finals here, I had doubts that I could get over the line.

"The most important thing for me is to want to be out there. It doesn't matter if I win or lose, that's just part of sport. I love the game but I have suffered with it. I've tried coaches and psychologists to help me keep going, and this is the last throw of the dice. It doesn't mean I'm going to win the tournament and I've got nothing to prove, I just want to try to play for as long as I can.

"I won't disclose what (the psychology sessions) are about. It won't make me a better snooker player but hopefully it will allow me to feel 99 per cent as good as the other players feel, so I'm on a level playing field."

As for his tough draw, which could see him play John Higgins in the quarter-finals, O'Sullivan added: "I don't care because I've never seen a player I couldn't beat. I'm looking forward to the next match and even if I lose I'll be back. If I keep feeling like I did today, then I could win more world titles."

O'Sullivan to seek help from sports shrink

www.espn.co.uk
April 13, 2011

Ronnie O'Sullivan is set to visit a leading sports psychiatrist, having revealed he came close to withdrawing from the World Championship.

O'Sullivan has had a torrid time this season and will head to the Crucible this weekend having lost his last four first-round matches. He has spoken about retirement and came close to pressing ahead with his plans when informing officials he did not want to play at the World Championship.

He was given the weekend to mull over his decision and was ultimately persuaded to change his mind. And with the fire still burning, he will visit Dr Steve Peters - the man who helped Britain's cyclists to their medal haul at the Beijing Olympcis - in a bid to get back on track.

"Last week I put in a verbal withdrawal to World Snooker and told them I wasn't going to play in Sheffield," O'Sullivan said. "That's when it really hit me that this could be it, for five or 10 minutes my heart was pounding.

"I said if it's easier to say I'm retiring then say that. They said that's fine, but we'll give you the weekend to think about it. On Monday they called back, and talked me back into it."

O'Sullivan begins his World Championship challenge against Dominic Dale and he will head into the game on the back of a meeting with Dr Peters.

"I am about to go and see the man who worked with the GB Olympic cycling team later this week," O'Sullivan said. "He has a very good reputation. I'll be honest with him, I'm not sure what he can do to help me - but there is that small chance that he can.

"My problem is not that I can't get over the winning line, or that I don't believe I am good enough. I can win and I know if I'm playing well I beat all bar a couple.

"But a friend said to me in China you should see this bloke. I will try anything that might work. It just sounds too good to be true if after all these years someone makes it all come back, and I start enjoying it again and finding all my shots."

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Draw of the qualifying

Betfred.com World Snooker Championship 2011

Qualifiers: 3-13 March 2011
English Institute of Sport, Sheffield

Stage One
Thursday, 3 March 2011
10,00am
1 - Sam Baird 5-1 Colin Mitchell
2 - Tony Brown 2-5 Ali Bassiri
3 - David Singh 4-5 David Gray
4 - Ian Stark 5-2 Paul Cavney
2,30pm
5 - Philip Minchin 0-5 Stephen Rowlings
6 - Tony Knowles 4-5 Del Smith
7 - Les Dodd 4-5 Stephen Ormerod
7,00pm
8 - Neil Selman 3-5 Sam Baird
9 - Ali Bassiri 0-5 David Gray
10 - Ian Stark 0-5 Stephen Rowlings
11 - Del Smith 5-0 Stephen Ormerod

Stage Two
Friday, 4 March 2011
10,00am
1 - Reanne Evans 4-5 Sam Baird
3 - Jak Jones 2-7 Stephen Rowlings
4,00pm
1* - Reanne Evans 6-10 Sam Baird
3* - Jak Jones 3-10 Stephen Rowlings

Saturday, 5 March 2011
10,00am
5 - Kyren Wilson 5-4 Dermot McGlinchey
6 - Liu Song 3-6 Michael Judge
7 - James Wattana 6-3 Justin Astley
8 - Thanawat Thirapongpa 5-4 Sam Baird
9 - James McBain 4-5 Issara Kachaiwong
10 - Igor Figueiredo 4-5 Joe Delaney
2,30pm
11 - Liu Chuang 7-2 David Gray
12 - David Morris 5-4 David Gilbert
13 - Paul Davison 6-3 Stephen Rowlings
14 - Patrick Wallace 7-2 Del Smith
7,00pm
5* - Kyren Wilson 10-5 Dermot McGlinchey
6* - Liu Song 10-8 Michael Judge
7* - James Wattana 10-3 Justin Astley
8* - Thanawat Thirapongpa 8-10 Sam Baird
9* - James McBain 10-9 Issara Kachaiwong
10* - Igor Figueiredo 5-10 Joe Delaney

Sunday, 6 March 2011
10,00am
15 - Michael White 7-2 Adam Wicheard
16 - Liam Highfield 4-5 Kuldesh Johal
17 - Simon Bedford 7-1 Noppon Saengkham
18 - Ben Woollaston 5-4 Jamie O'Neil
19 - Andrew Pagett 5-4 Zhang Anda
20 - Xiao Guodong 5-4 Kurt Maflin
2,30pm
11* - Liu Chuang 10-3 David Gray
12* - David Morris 8-10 David Gilbert
13* - Paul Davison 10-5 Stephen Rowlings
14* - Patrick Wallace 10-2 Del Smith
7,00pm
15* - Michael White 10-2 Adam Wicheard
16* - Liam Highfield 8-10 Kuldesh Johal
17* - Simon Bedford 10-3 Noppon Saengkham
18* - Ben Woollaston 10-8 Jamie O'Neil
19* - Andrew Pagett 10-6 Zhang Anda
20* - Xiao Guodong 10-9 Kurt Maflin

Monday, 7 March 2011
10,00am
21 - Joe Swail 4-5 Kyren Wilson
22 - Adrian Gunnell 5-4 Liu Song
23 - Andy Hicks 1-8 James Wattana
24 - Alfie Burden 2-7 Sam Baird
25 - Ian McCulloch 3-6 James McBain
26 - Joe Jogia 7-2 Joe Delaney
2,30pm
31 - Matt Couch 2-7 Michael White
32 - Jack Lisowski 4-5 Kuldesh Johal
33 - Jamie Jones 3-6 Simon Bedford
34 - Stuart Pettman 6-3 Ben Woollaston
7,00pm
21* - Joe Swail 6-10 Kyren Wilson
22* - Adrian Gunnell 9-10 Liu Song
23* - Andy Hicks 2-10 James Wattana
24* - Alfie Burden 7-10 Sam Baird
25* - Ian McCulloch 5-10 James McBain
26* - Joe Jogia 10-4 Joe Delaney

Tuesday, 8 March 2011
10,00am
27 - Jimmy White 4-5 Liu Chuang
28 - Barry Pinches 3-6 David Gilbert
29 - Anthony McGill 5-4 Paul Davison
30 - Rod Lawler 4-5 Patrick Wallace
35 - Bjorn Haneveer 2-7 Andrew Pagett
36 - Jimmy Robertson 4-5 Xiao Guodong
2,30pm
31* - Matt Couch 3-10 Michael White
32* - Jack Lisowski 10-7 Kuldesh Johal
33* - Jamie Jones 10-6 Simon Bedford
34* - Stuart Pettman 10-5 Ben Woollaston
7,00pm
27* - Jimmy White 9-10 Liu Chuang
28* - Barry Pinches 7-10 David Gilbert
29* - Anthony McGill 7-10 Paul Davison
30* - Rod Lawler 5-10 Patrick Wallace
35* - Bjorn Haneveer 4-10 Andrew Pagett
36* - Jimmy Robertson 10-9 Xiao Guodong

Wednesday, 9 March 2011
10,00am
39 - Jamie Burnett 4-5 James Wattana
40 - Mike Dunn 4-5 Sam Baird
41 - Michael Holt 3-6 James McBain
42 - Robert Milkins 6-3 Joe Jogia
43 - Tom Ford 3-6 Liu Chuang
44 - Peter Lines 5-4 David Gilbert
2,30pm
37 - Rory McLeod 5-2 Kyren Wilson
38 - Mark Joyce 2-7 Liu Song
51 - Nigel Bond 4-5 Andrew Pagett
52 - Tony Drago 3-6 Jimmy Robertson
7,00pm
39* - Jamie Burnett 10-8 James Wattana
40* - Mike Dunn 10-9 Sam Baird
41* - Michael Holt 10-8 James McBain
42* - Robert Milkins 10-4 Joe Jogia
43* - Tom Ford 8-10 Liu Chuang
44* - Peter Lines 6-10 David Gilbert

Thursday, 10 March 2011
10,00am
45 - Fergal O'Brien 5-2 Paul Davison
46 - Matthew Selt 3-6 Patrick Wallace
47 - Anthony Hamilton 6-3 Michael White
48 - Steve Davis 3-6 Jack Lisowski
49 - Dave Harold 5-4 Jamie Jones
50 - Alan McManus 4-3 Stuart Pettman
2,30pm
37* - Rory McLeod 10-3 Kyren Wilson
38* - Mark Joyce 6-10 Liu Song
51* - Nigel Bond 9-10 Andrew Pagett
52* - Tony Drago 8-10 Jimmy Robertson
7,00pm
45* - Fergal O'Brien 10-4 Paul Davison
46* - Matthew Selt 10-9 Patrick Wallace
47* - Anthony Hamilton 10-7 Michael White
48* - Steve Davis 10-9 Jack Lisowski
49* - Dave Harold 10-9 Jamie Jones
50* - Alan McManus 10-8 Stuart Pettman

Stage Three
Saturday, 12 March 2011
10,00am
1 - Mark Davis 2-7 Rory McLeod
2 - Joe Perry 4-4 Liu Song
3 - Liang Wenbo 5-4 Jamie Burnett
4 - Mark King 6-3 Mike Dunn
5 - Dominic Dale 3-6 Michael Holt
6 - Martin Gould 5-4 Robert Milkins
2,30pm
7 - Ryan Day 6-3 Liu Chuang
8 - Judd Trump 6-3 David Gilbert
9 - Matthew Stevens 5-4 Fergal O'Brien
10 - Marcus Campbell 6-3 Matthew Selt
7,00pm
1* - Mark Davis 5-10 Rory McLeod
2* - Joe Perry 10-6 Liu Song
3* - Liang Wenbo 7-10 Jamie Burnett
4* - Mark King 10-5 Mike Dunn
5* - Dominic Dale 10-6 Michael Holt
6* - Martin Gould 10-6 Robert Milkins

Sunday, 13 March 2011
10,00
11 - Barry Hawkins 5-4 Anthony Hamilton
12 - Stephen Lee 5-1 Steve Davis
13 - Gerard Greene 5-3 Dave Harold
14 - Stuart Bingham 8-1 Alan McManus
15 - Andrew Higginson 5-4 Andrew Pagett
16 - Ken Doherty 6-3 Jimmy Robertson
2,30pm
7* - Ryan Day 10-7 Liu Chuang
8* - Judd Trump 10-4 David Gilbert
9* - Matthew Stevens 10-9 Fergal O'Brien
10* - Marcus Campbell 10-6 Matthew Selt
7,00pm
11* - Barry Hawkins 10-5 Anthony Hamilton
12* - Stephen Lee 10-2 Steve Davis
13* - Gerard Greene 9-10 Dave Harold
14* - Stuart Bingham 10-2 Alan McManus
15* - Andrew Higginson 6-10 Andrew Pagett
16* - Ken Doherty 6-10 Jimmy Robertson

Stage One - All matches are the best of 9 frames.
Stage Two and Three - All matches are the best of 19 frames (9/10).
*Denotes final session of match.

Arena tables to be recovered on Friday 11 March 2011 - no play.

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