World Snooker Championshipi

The World Snooker Championship is professional snooker's longest-running, most prestigious and lucrative tournament. First held in 1927, it is now one of the three tournaments (together with the UK Championship and the invitational Masters) that make up snooker's Triple Crown Series. The tournament is held at the hallowed Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Stephen Hendry holds the record for the most world titles in the modern era, having won the tournament seven times.

  • Chinese snooker sensation continues his remarkable World Championship debut by surging into an 11-5 semi-final lead over Luca Brecel on Friday
  • The 20-year-old needs just six more frames for victory when the match resumes later on Friday as he bids to become youngest finalist at the Crucible

The UK conducted its first test of a new emergency alert service on Sunday, with millions of mobile phones emitting a loud alarm and vibrating.

Shaun Murphy is magnanimous in defeat and heaps praise on Si Jiahui, and says the highly rated youngster will become the first World Snooker Champion from China.

Thursday’s draw throws up a formidable task after Pang Junxu, Si Jiahui, Wu Yize and Fan Zhengyi qualify for main event at the Crucible alongside seeded Ding Junhui.

Zhang Anda and Cao Yupeng set to lead the Chinese charge in the final round of qualifying for the Crucible tournament, but Hong Kong’s hopes are over.

Frame at World Championship between champion Mark Selby and China’s Yan Bingtao takes longer than Fury-Whyte boxing bout and its two renditions of American Pie.

Yan Bingtao leads into final session against four-time winner Mark Selby, but China’s other remaining player, Zhao Xintong, loses to Stephen Maguire.

Flying start for Ding Junhui before Kyren Wilson cuts his lead to 5-4 in their first session, with Yan Bingtao through to play defending champion Mark Selby.

China’s Zhao Xintong beats Jamie Clarke for first ever win at the Crucible, with Ronnie O’Sullivan backing him to become ‘greatest of all time’.

Marco Fu loses to 6-5 Ian Burns in his first tournament in more than two years, while Ng On-yee makes solid start but is ultimately well beaten 6-2 by Rory McLeod.

The 31-year-old picks up second trophy this season after defeating Thai player Nutcharut ‘Mink’ Wongharuthai 4-0 in the final. Ng next plays Rory McLeod of Jamaica in her World Championship qualifier on Tuesday.

Former world No 11 Liang Wenbo is caught on security camera hitting and kicking a woman in Sheffield in what local authorities called ‘a sustained and deliberate assault’. World Snooker Tour bans him ‘with immediate effect’.

Fu knocks in high score at Ding Junhui Snooker Academy in Sheffield ahead of World Snooker Championship qualifiers next week. Ng On-yee is also aiming to qualify for the main draw.

Nutcharut ‘Mink’ Wongharuthai has already made history as the first woman to make a maximum 147 break, and now she’s set her sights on the professional tour.

Snooker’s biggest invitation event kicks off on Sunday night and defending champion Yan Bingtao will be out to prove his 2021 Masters snooker title was no one-hit wonder.

Victory in UK Championship means two of sports Triple Crown titles now held by Chinese snooker players. Zhao beat Belgium’s Luca Brecel 10-5 in the final to claim first ranking title of his career.

Masters winner unable to overcome Shaun Murphy, ending Chinese interest in the world championships as all five players out before quarter-finals.

China No 1 throws away lead and decisive final frame against Stuart Bingham to see dream die for another year with only Yan Bingtao flying the flag.