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World Snooker Championships - Higgins Wins For A Third Time

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Date: Tuesday, May 05 2009 @ 11:12:45 BST
Topic: Snooker



The World Snooker Championships
The Crucible Theatre
55 Norfolk Street
Sheffield
S1 1DA
www.worldsnooker.com
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

18 April - 4 May 2009


John Higgins talking to Ray Stubbs surrounded by photographers at The Crucible
Photograph courtesy of ShortShooter

Higgins Goes Fourth After World Triumph!

John Higgins has regained a place among the top four of the official world rankings following his victory in the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship.

The Wizard of Wishaw became only the fourth player to win a third World title at the Crucible by beating Shaun Murphy 18-9 in the final in Sheffield tonight.

Higgins, whose previous Crucible crowns came in 1998 and 2007, climbs one place to fourth in the official list for the 2009/10 season. "To win it three times here at the Crucible means everything to me," said the 33-year-old Scot. "To be up there with the great Champions who have won it three times is a proud moment. I think I've got more titles left in me. These will be my best years to win more tournaments."

Murphy missed out on his second World title and the Sale-based cueman remains at No 3. "All the great names have played and got beat in a World final, so now I know how they felt, and if it inspired them to go on and be better players, it will inspire me," said the 2005 Champion.

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Despite his second round exit, Ronnie O'Sullivan tops the list and will be No 1 next term for the fifth season in his career. Stephen Maguire, who lost in the quarter-finals, stays at No 2.

Marco Fu moves into the top eight for the first time in his career, replacing Stephen Hendry, who is out of that bracket for the first time in 21 years having slipped to tenth.

There is just one change to the top 16, Mark Williams regaining his place after one season outside the elite, replacing Graeme Dott who is down to 28th.

There are five changes to the top 32. Rising stars Ricky Walden, Liang Wenbo and Judd Trump, as well as Michael Holt and Gerard Greene, climb into that group at the expense of Anthony Hamilton, Dominic Dale, Ian McCulloch, Michael Judge and Ken Doherty.



THE 2009 WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS STATS


THE WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS

THE LAST 32

SHEFFIELD

Ronnie O'Sullivan

10 : 5

Stuart Bingham

Mark Allen

10 : 6

Martin Gould

Nigel Bond

10 : 5

Peter Ebdon

Ryan Day

10 : 4

Stephen Lee

John Higgins

10 : 5

Michael Holt

Jamie Cope

10 : 6

Joe Perry

Graeme Dott

10 : 8

Barry Hawkins

Mark Selby

10 : 6

Ricky Walden

Shaun Murphy

10 : 8

Andrew Higginson

Marco Fu

10 : 4

Joe Swail

Ding Junhui

10 : 8

Liang Wenbo

Stephen Hendry

10 : 7

Mark Williams

Allister Carter

10 : 5

Gerard Greene

Neil Robertson

10 : 2

Steve Davis

Mark King

10 : 6

Rory McLeod

Stephen Maguire

10 : 5

Jamie Burnett



THE WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS

THE LAST 16

SHEFFIELD

Mark Allen

13 : 11

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ryan Day

13 : 5

Nigel Bond

John Higgins

13 : 12

Jamie Cope

Mark Selby

13 : 10

Graeme Dott

Shaun Murphy

13 : 3

Marco Fu

Stephen Hendry

13 : 10

Ding Junhui

Neil Robertson

13 : 8

Allister Carter

Stephen Maguire

13 : 6

Mark King



THE WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS

THE QUARTER-FINALS

SHEFFIELD

Mark Allen

13 : 11

Ryan Day

John Higgins

13 : 12

Mark Selby

Shaun Murphy

13 : 11

Stephen Hendry

Neil Robertson

13 : 8

Stephen Maguire



THE WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS

THE SEMI-FINALS

SHEFFIELD

John Higgins

17 : 13

Mark Allen

Shaun Murphy

17 : 14

Neil Robertson



THE WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS

THE FINAL

SHEFFIELD

John Higgins

18 : 9

Shaun Murphy







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