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World Snooker Championship final LIVE: Mark Selby vs Shaun Murphy updates

Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy will go head-to-head in the World Snooker Championship final and Express Sport will bring you live score updates from every frame. Selby was forced to go the distance to edge Stuart Bingham out of the semi-finals with a 17-15 win.
Meanwhile, Murphy came out on top against his Northampton training partner Kyren Wilson.

And he was delighted and taking a step closer to clinching the £500,000 prize fund at the Crucible.

“I just had to keep telling myself it wasn’t first to six and it wasn’t first to ten,” Murphy told Eurosport.

“I have been in that situation many of times and sometimes that line can feel a long way away.

“It means the world. This is the biggest week of our lives as snooker players so if you can’t get excited out there doing that then you’re in the wrong game.

“It doesn’t get any easier but I am so excited to be here.”

World Snooker Championship final LIVE

(best of 35 frames)

Mark Selby vs Shaun Murphy

World Snooker Championship 2021 prize money

Winner £500,000

Runner-up £200,000

Semi-finals £100,000

Quarter-finals £50,000

Last 16 £30,000

Last 32 £20,000

Highest break £15,000

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World Snooker Championship 2021 results LIVE: Ronnie O'Sullivan in action on day one

The 2021 World Snooker Championship takes place in the next few weeks as Ronnie O’Sullivan looks to defend his crown. The tournament is at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield from 17 April to 3 May.

World Snooker Championship 2021 LIVE

First round (best of 19 frames)

Saturday, 17 April

14:30

LIVE: Stephen Maguire 4-5 Jamie Jones

Neil Robertson 6-3 Liang Wenbo

19:00

Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-3 Mark Joyce

Yan Bingtao 4-4 Martin Gould

World Snooker Championship 2021 schedule

Sunday, 18 April

10:00

Anthony McGill v Ricky Walden

Yan Bingtao v Martin Gould

14:30

John Higgins v Tian Pengfei

David Gilbert v Chris Wakelin

19:00

Stephen Maguire v Jamie Jones

Neil Robertson v Liang Wenbo

Monday, 19 April

10:00

Ding Junhui v Stuart Bingham

Kyren Wilson v Gary Wilson

14:30

John Higgins v Tian Pengfei

Jack Lisowski v Ali Carter

19:00

Anthony McGill v Ricky Walden

Kyren Wilson v Gary Wilson

Tuesday, 20 April

10:00

Mark Allen v Lyu Haotian

Jack Lisowski v Ali Carter

14:30

Ding Junhui v Stuart Bingham

Judd Trump v Liam Highfield

19:00

Mark Allen v Lyu Haotian

Barry Hawkins v Matthew Selt

Wednesday, 21 April

10:00

Mark Williams v Sam Craigie

Shaun Murphy v Mark Davis

14:30

Mark Selby v Kurt Maflin

Judd Trump v Liam Highfield

19:00

Mark Williams v Sam Craigie

Barry Hawkins v Matthew Selt

Thursday, 22 April

13:00

Shaun Murphy v Mark Davis

19:00

Mark Selby v Kurt Maflin

Second round (best of 25 frames)

Thursday, 22 April

13:00

Ronnie O’Sullivan/Mark Joyce v Anthony McGill/Ricky Walden

19:00

Neil Robertson/Liang Wenbo v Jack Lisowski/Ali Carter

Friday, 23 April

10:00

Ronnie O’Sullivan/Mark Joyce v Anthony McGill/Ricky Walden

Barry Hawkins/Matthew Selt v Kyren Wilson/Gary Wilson

14:30

John Higgins/Tian Pengfei v Mark Williams/Sam Craigie

Neil Robertson/Liang Wenbo v Jack Lisowski/Ali Carter

19:00

Ronnie O’Sullivan/Mark Joyce v Anthony McGill/Ricky Walden

Barry Hawkins/Matthew Selt v Kyren Wilson/Gary Wilson

Saturday, 24 April

10:00

John Higgins/Tian Pengfei v Mark Williams/Sam Craigie

Neil Robertson/Liang Wenbo v Jack Lisowski/Ali Carter

14:30

Mark Allen/Lyu Haotian v Mark Selby/Kurt Maflin

Barry Hawkins/Matthew Selt v Kyren Wilson/Gary Wilson

19:00

John Higgins/Tian Pengfei v Mark Williams/Sam Craigie

Shaun Murphy/Mark Davis v Yan Bingtao/Martin Gould

Sunday, 25 April

10:00

Ding Junhui/Stuart Bingham v Stephen Maguire/Jamie Jones

David Gilbert/Chris Wakelin v Judd Trump/Liam Highfield

14:30

Mark Allen/Lyu Haotian v Mark Selby/Kurt Maflin

Shaun Murphy/Mark Davis v Yan Bingtao/Martin Gould

19:00

Ding Junhui/Stuart Bingham v Stephen Maguire/Jamie Jones

David Gilbert/Chris Wakelin v Judd Trump/Liam Highfield

Monday, 26 April

13:00

Ding Junhui/Stuart Bingham v Stephen Maguire/Jamie Jones

David Gilbert/Chris Wakelin v Judd Trump/Liam Highfield

19:00

Mark Allen/Lyu Haotian v Mark Selby/Kurt Maflin

Shaun Murphy/Mark Davis v Yan Bingtao/Martin Gould

Quarter-finals (best of 25 frames)

Matches to played 27-28 April

Semi-finals (best of 33 frames)

Matches to played 29 April – 1 May

Final (best of 35 frames)

Match to be played across four sessions 2-3 May

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Stephen Hendry out of World Snooker Championship qualifiers as Xu Si ends Crucible dream

Stephen Hendry was dumped out of World Snooker Championship qualifying in convincing fashion by China’s Xu Si as the Scottish legend’s pre-match fears came true.
The seven-time Crucible champion had been hoping to get back to the iconic Sheffield venue but was battered 6-1 by Si in the second round of qualifiers at the English Institute of Sport on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old world No 82 was well superior to his vastly more experienced opponent all night, with Hendry’s struggles from his first-round win over Jimmy White continuing. 

Si put together four straight half-centuries to see off Hendry, who won the first frame but then threw away a 53-point lead in the second, missing the final red, after which he never recovered.

Hendry only returned to snooker after nine years in retirement at the Gibraltar Open last month and clearly has much work to do before he can reach the World Championship proper.

He said before facing Si: “On this evidence, my game isn’t ready. I think next year I would be more realistic about my chances. I don’t think my game is ready to win four tough matches to get to the Crucible yet.

“Hopefully if I can keep getting better and keep improving, my technique becomes reliable and I can get to a better pace, then next year will be the goal to get back to the Crucible.

“I will try to keep expectations low, (but) the animal that I am, if I start to get form, then the expectations will rise. At the moment it is about trying to get back to playing some good snooker.”

And Si punished Hendry’s struggles to book his spot in round three as he looks to make the main tournament on April 17. He takes on Zhou Yuelong next up.

Hendry’s season is now over. Having last appeared at the Worlds in 2012, the 52-year-old will hope to improve his game for next year, when he gets another shot at playing in his favourite venue.

He admitted after losing to Si: “I had good chances to go 2-0 ahead and after that I didn’t contribute anything to the game. My game has got to improve, it doesn’t matter where the other player is ranked

“I’ve never got any enjoyment out of losing, ever. As I said the other night I never expected to get through four matches here, not in the slightest, but I hoped that after coming through that match with Jimmy, which was very scrappy, I’d relax into a bit of form here.

“The second frame I think I was on 49 and lost position, in the old days that frame would have been over and I’d have been 2-0 ahead and off to go, but I stuttered. From then on it was just downhill really.

“He can play, but everyone can play if you don’t put them under any pressure. I made it far too easy for him tonight.

“I have to bring my practice table cue action to the match table. I hit the ball dreadfully, and that drains your confidence. 

“The pink I missed right at the end was just like one I missed against Jimmy White, and I was thinking about it. Every shot becomes a test. 

“If you make it easy for anyone, it doesn’t matter where they’re ranked, they’re going to pot balls and they’re going to beat you.”

Stephen Hendry vs Xu Si final result

Best of 11 frames 

RESULT: Stephen Hendry 1-6 Xu Si

Frame scores: 67-34, 64-66, 0-76, 16-88, 8-67, 9-83, 25-72

Ronnie O'Sullivan has World Snooker Championship warning for rivals after retirement tease

Ronnie O’Sullivan has warned his World Championship rivals that his cue is “great” despite recent concerns at the Tour Championship. The 45-year-old, the reigning world champion after triumphing at the Crucible for a sixth time in 2020, has lost five straight finals this year.
The Tour Championship was the latest defeat as he lost 10-4 to Neil Robertson, which followed on from disappointment at the Players Championship, Welsh Open, Scottish Open and the Northern Ireland Open.

Before reaching the final and facing Robertson, O’Sullivan complained of problems with his cue in a first round victory over John Higgins, who beat the Essex potter in the Players Championship finale.

O’Sullivan explained after beating Higgins: “I’ve had a bit of a nightmare with my cue, I put it in the menders a few days ago and got it back just before that best of three tournament we played [WST Pro Series] and it was no good

“I sent it back and it made it worse, it’s kind of irretrievable now so I’ve got to get myself a new cue. It’s a nightmare really.”

But ‘The Rocket’ is now happy with the state of his equipment a few weeks on, with the Worlds getting underway in less than a fortnight in Sheffield.

Speaking on a live stream on his official Facebook page, O’Sullivan said: “The cue’s great. John and Paul have done a great job on it.

“I’ve managed to find a spare cue as well so next time my tip goes ‘see you later’ I’ve got a cue I can just whip out and play with. I’m really excited about that.”

Asked if there’s any rule or reason he wouldn’t take two cues out for a match, O’Sullivan added: “There’s no reason. You’d just be confusing yourself in many ways, ‘I like that one, I like that one, which one should I use?’

“Then you’re giving yourself a choice to make. With just the one cue, you just get on with it.

“I’d probably never take two cues to a tournament unless it was a tournament I don’t really care much about, which is quite a few of them.

“When I say I don’t care about them I mean I use them for practice to see where my game’s at. If your game is alright, you go, ‘OK that’s enough at this tournament, I’ve got my eye on the one round the corner.’

“I might take it to a tournament and play one match with one cue, one match with another. I’ve done everything else! I’ve won a tournament left-handed, I’ve done all sorts.

“I’ve done everything that probably no-one else has done. I’ll definitely play a couple of frames with one cue and the others with another, just for the cheek of it.

“It’s a bit like the 147, ‘what’s the prize after two reds?’ Most people think you’re crazy but then when you pull it off they go, ‘Maybe you’re not so crazy after all.”

O’Sullivan sparked fears he might retire when he told fans to join him on a special live stream on his Facebook page at 3pm on Tuesday – only to announce he has become a brand champion with ROKiT and wants to be known as Ronnie ‘The ROKiT’ O’Sullivan.

He declared: “I’m taking retirement from my name. It’s not Ronnie O’Sullivan. It’s Ronnie the ROKiT. Not snooker, I’m not retiring from snooker! Everyone can chill out, calm down, take it easy. I’m still easy, potting some balls.”

“I’ve been working with Rokit since 2013. To work with JK [ROKiT co-founder and chairman Jonathan Kendrick] and his team of people is fantastic. I’ve always wondered why we didn’t have a lifetime partnership, with the nickname and his company name, it’s a no brainer.

“Great to start that relationship up and it’s going to be a fantastic year. Hopefully many more years to come. We’ve got loads of great things to do.

“I’ve done a bit of speedy stuff in the car, racing and all that, I said to JK, ‘I want to get in the car and get racing.’ He said: ‘Brilliant!’

“There’s a crossover between what I enjoy, what JK enjoys and what Rokit as a brand like to be involved in. We’re all passionate about the same sort of things.”

And discussing his plans going forward, O’Sullivan – who has been a snooker professional since 1992 – added: “This year I’ve been able to play a bit more because we weren’t forced to travel round the globe five times in a month. I just can’t do that.

“I can’t enjoy my life or function properly if I’m flying around. It all depends how the schedule comes out.

“If it’s sensible I’ll play more, if it’s not I’ll play less and will just be on the road doing a few more exhibitions while them boys are out in Gibraltar grafting away.

“For everything I don’t do, there’s an opportunity in there to do something else. One million per cent [I will fulfil the cancelled exhibitions]. I’m super excited to get back.

“For me it’s about going back to the grassroots. That’s why I love the exhibitions. I grew up in snooker clubs. We get the chance to go around and play in front of an intimate crowd.

“We always have a great time. The fans enjoy it. I’ve told Jase [Jason Francis, head of Premier Stage Productions who created Snooker Legends] if he wants another 10 more years out of me, he’s got to keep me fit and well!”

Stephen Hendry vs Jimmy White LIVE: Score updates from World Snooker Championship

“Eurosport own the rights, I would like it on more than just the Eurosport app, but of course they’re a little bit possessive of their own rights.

“It’s a struggle, I’m nagging, I’m trying my best. It deserves to be on a more open platform. But of course, if you’re a rights owner you have the final call.”

Hendry or White will have four qualifying rounds to navigate before the main draw gets underway on April 17.

Tour Championship snooker 2021 LIVE results: Ronnie O'Sullivan leads John Higgins 5-3

Preview

Ronnie O’Sullivan will struggle if John Higgins can replicate his PLayers’ Championship form, according to Stephen Hendry.

“If the same Higgins as the one who won Players [Championship] a couple of weeks ago turns up tomorrow there’s only 1 winner,” Hendry.

O’Sullivan admitted after that meeting he had no chance to beat his longtime rival.

“John was just unbelievable. John was solid, scored well today and was just too good,” the Rocket said.

“I knew I had to play well today and maybe I put a little bit of pressure on myself thinking I had to play as well as I could to have a chance.

“Once you don’t punish John when he’s playing as well as he is, you do a lot of sitting in your chair and there’s not a lot you can do sometimes when someone’s as good as John.

“He’s tying you up in knots, making 70s, 80s, 90s, 100s, you just have to sit it out and wait for an early night.”

Gibraltar Open snooker results LIVE: Judd Trump through but Neil Robertson crashes out

The World Snooker Tour continues this week with the Gibraltar Open taking place, marking Stephen Hendry’s return to snooker for the first time in nine years although he suffered defeat in the first round. Judd Trump is looking to defend his title and claim his fifth ranking triumph of the 2020-21 season. Neither Ronnie O’Sullivan or John Higgins are playing in the event after contesting the Players Championship final last weekend. Express Sport provides live scores from the tournament, which is taking place in Milton Keynes.

Gibraltar Open LIVE scores

Thursday March 4

Second round (last 64 – best of seven frames)

Zhou Yuelong 1-4 Alexander Ursenbacher
David Lilley 3-4 Mitchell Mann
Hossein Vafaei 4-1 Allan Taylor
Kyren Wilson 4-0 Fan Zhengyi
Ricky Walden 4-3 Si Jiahui
Chen Zifan 4-3 Leo Fernandez
Chang Bingyu 1-4 Chris Wakelin
Ken Doherty 2-4 Mark Selby
Scott Donaldson 2-4 Joe Perry
Matthew Selt 4-3 Barry Hawkins
Zhao Xintong 4-2 Daniel Wells
Jack Lisowski 4-1 Jak Jones
Judd Trump 4-1 Sunny Akani
Tom Ford vs Jamie Jones
Andrew Higginson vs Stuart Carrington
Tian Pengfei vs Anthony Hamilton

Friday March 5

Second round (last 64 – best of seven frames)

Iulian Boiko vs Mark Allen
Aaron Hill vs Jamie Clarke
Shaun Murphy vs Luca Brecel
Pang Junxu vs Anthony McGill
Lei Peifan vs Dylan Emery
David Gilbert vs Jimmy Robertson
Lu Ning vs Jamie O’Neill
Rod Lawler vs Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Liang Wengbo vs Robert Milkins
Mark J Williams vs Sohail Vahedi
Oliver Lines vs Fraser Patrick
Ben Woollaston vs Allister Carter
Jimmy White vs Stuart Bingham
Elliot Slessor vs Martin Gould
Alan McManus vs Zhao Jianbo
Xiao Guodong vs Jamie Wilson

Schedule

Third round (last 32 – best of seven frames)

To be played Friday March 5/Saturday March 6

Fourth round (last 16 – best of seven frames)

To be played Saturday March 6

Quarter-finals (best of seven frames)

To be played Sunday March 7

Semi-finals (best of seven frames)

To be played Sunday March 7

Final (best of seven)

To be played Sunday March 7

Robertson dumped out

World No 3 Neil Robertson crashed out of the first round of the Gibraltar Open on Wednesday to 17-year-old Lei Peifan.

The Australian former world champion suffered a 4-2 loss to his Chinese opponent.

That came just days after Robertson said: “I don’t think the players lower down the rankings are practicing hard enough, especially the younger ones from the UK.

“A lot of tournaments they’re sort of partying, not putting in the hard work, all the time on Instagram checking their followers.

“You can’t be a top sportsman and do all that stuff, you have to put in the hard work.”

Hendry’s return ends in defeat

Stephen Hendry returned to the table for the first time in nine years on Tuesday to face good friend Matthew Selt but was dumped out 4-1.

The seven-time world champion hit a century break however and reflected afterwards: “I was generally quite happy because if you cut out unforced errors, you can do well.

“I thought Matt played fantastic. I can’t remember him missing a ball. It was a tough initiation back into it.

“My game isn’t good enough yet to qualify for the World Championship. I think there is work to be done. I’ve got about a month of practice to get it better.

“My safety has to be tighter and my long game has to be better. It’s not ready yet to qualify for the Crucible.”

Players Championship snooker final LIVE: John Higgins builds 5-0 lead vs Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan takes on John Higgins in the final of the Players Championship today as he seeks to win a record-extending 38th ranking title. ‘The Rocket’ is in the final of a ranking tournament for the 58th time in his career and has matched Stephen Hendry’s finals record in doing so, having already overtaken the great Scot for most titles (37 to 36).
O’Sullivan came from 3-0 down in the semi-finals to beat Barry Hawkins 6-4 as he looks to do what he couldn’t last week at the Welsh Open, when he lost in the final to Jordan Brown.

Speaking after downing Hawkins on Friday night, O’Sullivan said: “It’d be great to win on Sunday. I’m pleased I’ve got a day off. I don’t know if the nine-mile run had an effect, but I’m not going to stop.

“It’s the best thing in my life at the moment. I was twitching there at the end and Barry should have had me. I got lucky there.”

O’Sullivan is looking to win his third Players Championship having previously triumphed in both 2018 and 2019.

In today’s final, the six-time world champion takes on John Higgins, who has only conceded one frame all tournament and swept past Kyren Wilson in the semis.

The 45-year-old Scot has 30 ranking tournament wins but this is his best ever performance at the Players Championship.

There is a £125,000 prize on the line for the winner, with O’Sullivan looking to improve his 37-30 head-to-head record against Higgins.

Players Championship final LIVE score

Best of 19 frames – afternoon session begins 1pm, evening session 7pm

LIVE: Ronnie O’Sullivan 0-5 John Higgins

Frame scores

Afternoon session: 18-64, 0-103 (92), 21-69 (68), 0-142 (142), 0-138 (138)

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s route to the final

First round: O’Sullivan 6-5 Ding Junhui

Quarter-finals: O’Sullivan 6-1 Jack Lisowski

Semi-finals: O’Sullivan 6-4 Barry Hawkins

John Higgins’ route to the final

First round: Higgins 6-0 Jordan Brown

Quarter-finals: Higgins 6-0 Mark Selby

Semi-finals: Higgins 6-1 Kyren Wilson

O’Sullivan’s Higgins praise

O’Sullivan was full of praise for Higgins after his quarter-final win over Mark Selby, who the Scot thrashed 6-0.

“I watched it. It was ridiculous. I couldn’t watch it in the end. It was granite. It was evil, evil,” said O’Sullivan.

“John just showed what a class player he is because obviously Selby is one of the best in the business at winning those types of matches.

“But Higgins, you could see it was almost like he didn’t want it to end. It was ridiculous snooker really.

“That’s probably the toughest match of snooker I’ve seen in my life. It was bordering on obscenely tough.

“Why would you want to be that tough? It was incredible snooker. It’s not easy to play. It’s okay playing defensive snooker, but you have to play it well.
“John and Selby play it better than anybody so if you can play it well, you play it.
“For me, it’s a waste of time trying to play that stuff because I do a lot of hard work 80 percent of the time, but then mess it up with one shot.

“They are very astute around that stuff. It was a real purist’s game of snooker.

“If he starts doing that to me, I’m going to be sitting in that chair quite a lot.”

Players Championship snooker results LIVE: Higgins leads Selby with O'Sullivan into semis

The Players Championship takes place this week – but Judd Trump’s chances of retaining his title and winning a 22nd ranking snooker event are over. The top 16 players in the rankings across the last year all take part in the tournament with Ronnie O’Sullivan looking for victory after losing last Sunday’s Welsh Open final. Express Sport provides live scores and results all the way up until the final.

Results earlier this week

Monday February 22

Evening session (7pm)

RESULT: Judd Trump 5-6 Stuart Bingham
RESULT: Kyren Wilson 6-1 Ryan Day

Tuesday February 23

Afternoon session (1pm)

RESULT: Jack Lisowski 6-3 Martin Gould
RESULT: Neil Robertson 6-1 Lu Ning

Evening session (7pm)

RESULT: Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-5 Ding Junhui
RESULT: Zhou Yuelong 5-6 Barry Hawkins

Wednesday February 24

Afternoon session (1pm)

RESULT: Mark Selby 6-4 Mark Williams
RESULT: Jordan Brown 0-6 John Higgins

Evening session (7pm) 

RESULT:  Stuart Bingham 2-6 Barry Hawkins (QF)

Thursday February 25 

Afternoon session (1pm)

RESULT: Neil Robertson 2-6 Kyren Wilson (QF)

Evening session (7pm)

RESULT: Jack Lisowski 1-6 Ronnie O’Sullivan (QF)

Tournament preview

Defending champion Judd Trump is looking to bounce back from a shock third-round defeat at the Welsh Open at this week’s Players Championship.

The world No 1 was beaten 4-2 by Hossein Vafaei at Celtic Manor in Newport to crash out early and complained afterwards about the venue and the table.

Trump beat Yan Bingtao 10-4 in the final of this event last year with O’Sullivan the victor in both of the previous years.

His younger rival Trump is seeking a third success at this tournament, which began in 2011 and is played between the top 16 players on a one-year ranking list.

The 11th ranking event of 2021, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson and Mark Selby are among those who will be looking to thwart Trump in pursuit of the £125,000 prize.

Six-time world champion O’Sullivan suffered defeat in the final of the Welsh Open to Jordan Brown, the world No 81.

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