2019 World Snooker Championship
The 2019 World Snooker Championship was a professional snooker tournament. It took place from 20 April to 6 May 2019 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. The winner was Judd Trump, who defeated John Higgins 18–9 in the final. The tournament featured 100 century breaks, the highest number ever recorded at an officialsnooker event. Defending champion Mark Williams lost 9–13 to David Gilbert in the second round.
About 2019 World Snooker Championship in brief
The 2019 World Snooker Championship was a professional snooker tournament. It took place from 20 April to 6 May 2019 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. The winner of the title was Judd Trump, who defeated John Higgins 18–9 in the final to claim his first World Championship. The tournament featured 100 century breaks, the highest number ever recorded at an officialsnooker event. Defending champion Mark Williams lost 9–13 to David Gilbert in the second round of the tournament. For the first time in the history of the event, an amateur player appeared at the main stage. The 32 competitors in the main tournament are selected using a combination of the top players in the world snookser rankings and a pre-tournament qualification stage. This was the 43rd consecutive year the tournament was held at theCrucible, and the 51st consecutive year it was contested using the modern knockout format. The title sponsor was sports betting company Betfred, who had sponsored the event every year since 2015. It was the last of twenty ranking events in the 20182019 season on the World Snookser Tour. It featured a 32-player main draw, as well as a 128-player qualifying draw that was played at the English Institute of Sport from 10 to 17 April 2019, finishing three days before the start of the main draw. Stephen Hendry is the most successful player in the modern era, having won the World Championship a record seven times. The championship features 32 professional and qualified amateur players competing in one-on-one snookers matches in a single elimination format, each played over several frames.
The final match alone included 11 centuries, the most ever scored in a ranking event. The event was held in the late 19th century by British Army soldiers stationed in India, the sport was popular in the British Isles. It has become increasingly popular worldwide, especially in East and Southeast Asian nations such as China, Hong Kong and Thailand. Since 1977, the event has been held in The Crucible in Sheffield. The prize money for the 2019 tournament was £500,000, from a total pool of £2,231,000. There were 128 players in qualifying, which comprised 106 of the 106 players on the world’s top-ranked players. The remaining 15 seeds were allocated based on the latest world rankings, which were released after the China Open, the penultimate event of the season. These invited players included the women’s world champion, European junior champion, the European champion, and 22 wildcard players. As half of the participants in the qualifying draw were seeded with the main Draw, the remaining 64 players were allocated one place each in the seeded draw, with the remaining places allotted to the top two players from the world rankings. The draw was held on 10 April 2019 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield and took place from 10 to 17 April 2019. The top 16 players in the world rankings automatically qualified for the main draw as seeded players. Defending champion Mark Williams was automatically seeded first overall.