April 19th marks a grand day for snooker enthusiasts worldwide. This Saturday, the quest to become the World Champion begins as many of the top names compete for the prized title that only one person will have the privilege of walking away with; 2014 Snooker World Champion. We’re going to give you a run-down of all of the key details that’ll keep you in the loop!
The Crucible, Sheffield (located in South Yorkshire, England)
Date: April 19, 2014 – May 5, 2014
Ronnie O’Sullivan comes in as the reigning champion with 5 Snooker World Championship titles already under his belt. (View a list of all the former Snooker World Champions. Preliminary reports show O’Sullivan scheduled to go head to head against Robin Hull, the once retired professional snooker player (heart complications). Hull had this to say after learning that he would be making the trip to The Crucible:
“I am so happy. I am playing and enjoying competing. The last time I was here was the year Peter won it. He has had a great run for 22 years so I am just so happy to beat him.”
The last time Hull made an appearance at the World Championship was over a decade ago back in 2002. O’Sullivan and Hull will begin playing on Saturday at 10am and the match should finish up around 7pm. Don’t miss a shot! Surely you can take some notes and learn a thing or two about snooker.
New Faces to Keep an Eye On
- Kyren Wilson: 22 years of age, world number 89
- Michael Wasley: 24 years of age, world number 89
- Xiao Guodong: 25 years of age, world number 25
- Robbie Williams: 27 years of age, world number 68
The Latest Buzz
Among other notable mentions, Peter Ebdon failed to make it to the Crucible this year. Many were disappointed to hear that the seasoned veteran failed to qualify for this year’s tournament. The London-born, former world champion has played professionally for 22 years and has qualified for the World Championship for every year since then. He lost in an utterly devastating match against Robin Hull (10-8) in the final qualifying round.
This year’s first round draw has already surprised many. Former champions Mark Williams, Graeme Dott, and Steve Davis have all failed to reach the first round proper. A few matches to watch out for are Higgins vs McManus and Trump vs Ford.
Where to Catch Live Coverage
BBC Sport will hold live coverage of the 2014 Snooker World Championship. Airing begins Saturday 19th on BBC TV, online, and radio. You can find a complete listing of the program schedule by going here: BBC Snooker World Championship Coverage.
First Round Draw
- Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng, seeded 1) v Robin Hull (Fin)
- Joe Perry (Eng, 16) v Jamie Burnett (Sco)
- Marco Fu (HK, 9) v Martin Gould (Eng)
- Shaun Murphy (Eng, 8) v Jamie Cope (Eng)
- Barry Hawkins (Eng, 5) v David Gilbert (Eng)
- Ricky Walden (Eng, 12) v Kyren Wilson (Eng)
- Mark Davis (Eng, 13) v Dominic Dale (Wal)
- Ding Junhui (Chn, 4) v Michael Wasley (Eng)
- Mark Selby (Eng, 3) v Michael White (Wal)
- Ali Carter (Eng, 14) v Xiao Guodong (Chn)
- John Higgins (Sco, 11) v Alan McManus (Sco)
- Stuart Bingham (Eng, 6) v Ken Doherty (Ire)
- Judd Trump (Eng, 7) v Tom Ford (Eng)
- Stephen Maguire (Sco, 10) v Ryan Day (Wal)
- Mark Allen (NI, 15) v Michael Holt (Eng)
- Neil Robertson (Aus, 2) v Robbie Williams (Eng)
The final match is scheduled for Monday, May 5th so keep your eyes and ears tuned. You can join in the discussion over on twitter. You won’t want to miss out on the exciting events leading up to the final day! Check back to the Snooker Section of Our Blog for updates in the upcoming weeks for results of the 2014 Snooker World Championship! #2014WorldSnookerChampionship