The climax of the snooker season is upon us with the biggest names in the sport contesting the World Championship at the famous Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
Mark Selby started as the defending champion and opened his campaign, as is customary, on Saturday morning against Jamie Jones. Selby had not played since losing to Liam Highfield in the last-64 of the Welsh Open in March, having spoken openly of his mental health issues , but produced his 100th century at the World Championship - 91 at the Crucible and nine in qualifying - in a 10-7 win.
Selby then lost to Yan Bingtao to suffer an early end to his Crucible campaign.
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Ronnie O'Sullivan came into the tournament having moved back to world No. 1 following an impressive season so far, and has a seventh world crown in his sights, which would draw him level with fellow great Stephen Hendry. O'Sullivan saw a fellow pro tell him he should retire ahead of the tournament, but produced a polished performance to beat Dave Gilbert 10-5; although the match was not without controversy after The Rocket was referred to the WPBSA disciplinary committee.
O'Sullivan reached the semi-finals for a 13th time with a 13-5 victory over Stephen Maguire.
O'Sullivan had picked Neil Robertson as the player to watch in Sheffield, with the Australian claiming four titles this season including The Masters in January. Robertson beat Ashley Hugill 10-5 in the first round, and then made a 147 in his shock 13-12 second-round loss to Jack Lisowski.
Fellow Class of ’92 grandees Mark Williams and John Higgins are, according to Jimmy White and Alan McManus, favourites for the title. Williams followed up a 10-3 win against Michael White with a 13-3 defeat of Jackson Page to set up a quarter-final against Yan; while Higgins defeated Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Noppon Saengkham on his way to his quarter-final showdown with Lisowski.
Judd Trump has struggled to maintain his lofty standards this season, with only two titles to his name at the Turkish Masters and the Champion of Champions, but can never be discounted and saw off a potentially tricky first-round match against Hossein Vafaei. and followed that up with a hard-fought 13-11 win against Anthony McGill in round two.
We are finally now at the final as O'Sullivan and Trump prepare to do battle...

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How to watch the event

The World Snooker Championship 2022 will be available on Eurosport and discovery+, with all the latest news, reaction and highlights on Eurosport.com.

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Schedule and dates

First round (best of 19 frames)

Saturday, 16 April
10:00
  • Mark Selby (1) 6-3 Jamie Jones
  • Zhao Xintong (7) 7-2 Jamie Clarke
14:30
  • Barry Hawkins (9) 3-6 Jackson Page
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) 6-3 David Gilbert
19:00
  • Shaun Murphy (10) 3-6 Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Selby (1) 10-7 Jamie Jones
Sunday, 17 April
10:00
  • Anthony McGill (13) 6-3 Liam Highfield
  • Zhao Xintong (7) 10-2 Jamie Clarke
14:30
  • Mark Williams (8) 7-2 Michael White
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) 10-5 David Gilbert
19:00
  • Barry Hawkins (9) 7-10 Jackson Page
  • Shaun Murphy (10) 8-10 Stephen Maguire
Monday, 18 April
10:00
  • Mark Allen (15) 5-4 Scott Donaldson
  • Anthony McGill (13) 10-7 Liam Highfield
14:30
  • Neil Robertson (3) 6-3 Ashley Hugill
  • Mark Williams (8) 10-3 Michael White
19:00
  • Stuart Bingham (12) 6-3 Lyu Haotian
  • Mark Allen (15) 10-6 Scott Donaldson
Tuesday, 19 April
10:00
  • Yan Bingtao (16) 5-4 Chris Wakelin
  • Neil Robertson (3) 10-5 Ashley Hugill
14:30
  • John Higgins (6) 4-5 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
  • Stuart Bingham (12) 10-5 Lyu Haotian
19:00
  • Jack Lisowski (14) 6-3 Matthew Stevens
  • Yan Bingtao (16) 10-6 Chris Wakelin
Wednesday, 20 April
10:00
  • Kyren Wilson (5) 4-5 Ding Junhui
  • John Higgins (6) 10-7 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
14:30
  • Judd Trump (4) 4-3 Hossein Vafaei
  • Jack Lisowski (14) 10-8 Matthew Stevens
19:00
  • Luca Brecel (11) 3-6 Noppon Saengkham
  • Kyren Wilson (5) 10-8 Ding Junhui
Thursday, 21 April
13:00
  • Luca Brecel (11) 5-10 Noppon Saengkham
19:00
  • Judd Trump (4) 10-4 Hossein Vafaei

Second round (best of 25 frames)

Thursday, 21 April
13:00
  • Jackson Page 1-7 Mark Williams
19:00
  • Zhao Xintong 3-4 Stephen Maguire
Friday, 22 April
10:00
  • Mark Allen 2-6 Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • Jackson Page 3-13 Mark Williams
14:30
  • Mark Selby 4-4 Yan Bingtao
  • Zhao Xintong 5-11 Stephen Maguire
19:00
  • Jackson Page 3-13 Mark Williams
  • Mark Allen 4-12 Ronnie O’Sullivan
Saturday, 23 April
10:00
  • Zhao Xintong 9-13 Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Selby 7-9 Yan Bingtao
14:30
  • Anthony McGill 4-4 Judd Trump
  • Mark Allen 4-13 Ronnie O’Sullivan
19:00
  • Neil Robertson 4-4 Jack Lisowski
  • Mark Selby 10-13 Yan Bingtao
Sunday, 24 April
10:00
  • Kyren Wilson 3-5 Stuart Bingham
  • Noppon Saengkham 4-4 John Higgins
14:30
  • Neil Robertson 7-9 Jack Lisowski
  • Anthony McGill 6-10 Judd Trump
19:00
  • Kyren Wilson 8-8 Stuart Bingham
  • Noppon Saengkham 5-11 John Higgins
Monday, 25 April
13:00
  • Noppon Saengkham 7-13 John Higgins
  • Kyren Wilson 9-13 Stuart Bingham
19:00
  • Neil Robertson 12-13 Jack Lisowski
  • Anthony McGill 11-13 Judd Trump

Quarter-finals (best of 25 frames)

Tuesday, 26 April
10:00
  • Yan Bingtao 2-6 Mark Williams
  • Stephen Maguire 2-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan
14:30
  • Stuart Bingham 3-5 Judd Trump
  • Jack Lisowski 3-5 John Higgins
19:00
  • Yan Bingtao 8-8 Mark Williams
  • Stepen Maguire 5-11 Ronnie O'Sullivan
Wednesday, 27 April
10:00
  • Stuart Bingham 8-8 Judd Trump
  • Stephen Maguire 5-13 Ronnie O'Sullivan
14:30
  • Yan Bingtao 11-13 Mark Williams
  • Jack Lisowski 7-9 John Higgins
19:00
  • Stuart Bingham 8-13 Judd Trump
  • Jack Lisowski 12-13 John Higgins

Semi-finals (best of 33 frames)

Thursday, 28 April
13:00
  • Mark Williams 1-7 Judd Trump
19:00
  • John Higgins 4-4 Ronnie O'Sullivan
Friday, 29 April
10:00
  • Mark Williams 5-11 Judd Trump
14:30
  • John Higgins 6-10 Ronnie O'Sullivan
19:00
  • Mark Williams 11-13 Judd Trump
Saturday, 30 April
10:00
  • John Higgins 9-15 Ronnie O'Sullivan
14:30
  • Mark Williams 16-17 Judd Trump
19:00
  • John Higgins 11-17 Ronnie O'Sullivan

Final (best of 35 frames)

Sunday, 1 May
13:00
  • Judd Trump 3-5 Ronnie O'Sullivan
19:00
  • Judd Trump 5-12 Ronnie O'Sullivan
Monday, 2 May
13:00
  • Judd Trump 11-14 Ronnie O'Sullivan
19:00
  • Judd Trump 13-18 Ronnie O'Sullivan

Previous Winners

The World Championship has been running since 1927 and, prior to its move to the Crucible in 1977, it was dominated by Joe Davis, Walter Donaldson, Fred Davis, John Pulman, John Spencer and Ray Reardon, with Alex Higgins and Horace Lundrum winning it once apiece. Since the move to Sheffield, the winners are:
  • 1977: John Spencer
  • 1978: Ray Reardon
  • 1979: Terry Griffiths
  • 1980: Cliff Thorburn
  • 1981: Steve Davis
  • 1982: Alex Higgins
  • 1983: Steve Davis
  • 1984: Steve Davis
  • 1985: Dennis Taylor
  • 1986: Joe Johnson
  • 1987: Steve Davis
  • 1988: Steve Davis
  • 1989: Steve Davis
  • 1990: Stephen Hendry
  • 1991: John Parrott
  • 1992: Stephen Hendry
  • 1993: Stephen Hendry
  • 1994: Stephen Hendry
  • 1995: Stephen Hendry
  • 1996: Stephen Hendry
  • 1997: Ken Doherty
  • 1998: John Higgins
  • 1999: Stephen Hendry
  • 2000: Mark Williams
  • 2001: Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2002: Peter Ebdon
  • 2003: Mark Williams
  • 2004: Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2005: Shaun Murphy
  • 2006: Graeme Dott
  • 2007: John Higgins
  • 2008: Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2009: John Higgins
  • 2010: Neil Robertson
  • 2011: John Higgins
  • 2012: Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2013: Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2014: Mark Selby
  • 2015: Stuart Bingham
  • 2016: Mark Selby
  • 2017: Mark Selby
  • 2018: Mark Williams
  • 2019: Judd Trump
  • 2020: Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2021: Mark Selby

What is the format?

The epic 128-person qualifiers produced 16 players, who have emerged from that group to join the 16 top-ranked players in the world in the first-round draw.
The first round is best of 19 frames, the second and quarter-final rounds best of 25. The semi-finals are best of 33 and the final best of 35.

What is the draw for the World Championship first round?

  • Mark Selby (1) v Jamie Jones
  • Yan Bingtao (16) v Chris Wakelin
  • Barry Hawkins (9) v Jackson Page
  • Mark Williams (8) v Michael White
  • Kyren Wilson (5) v Ding Junhui
  • Stuart Bingham (12) v Lyu Haotian
  • Anthony McGill (13) v Liam Highfield
  • Judd Trump (4) v Hossein Vafaei
  • Neil Robertson (3) v Ashley Hugill
  • Jack Lisowski (14) v Matthew Stevens
  • Luca Brecel (11) v Noppon Saengkham
  • John Higgins (6) v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
  • Zhao Xintong (7) v Jamie Clarke
  • Shaun Murphy (10) v Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Allen (15) v Scott Donaldson
  • Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) v David Gilbert
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