Saturday, 7 May 2011

World Snooker Awards 2010/11 revealed - Higgins & Trump are the biggest winners!

World Snooker Awards 2010/11 was held at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 7.5.2011. Top players including John Higgins, Mark Williams, Jimmy White attended the ceremony. John Higgins, Judd Trump are the biggest winners among the players, each scored two awards!

World Snooker Player of the Year: John Higgins
Snooker Journalists Player of the Year: John Higgins

Higgins won UK 2011
John Higgins won three ranking events (UK Championship 2010, Welsh Open 2011, World Snooker Championship 2011) after his return in December last year. Higgins had a magnificent run his year in despite of match fixture scandal last year. He won the tournaments for his father in heaven, who died in Feb during German Masters. Higgins was so strong to win the upcoming event after German Masters, Welsh Open 2011. Higgins is still one of the best players in the game. Congrats John! :)

Fans Player of the Year: Judd Trump
Performance of the Year: Judd Trump

The Crucible runner-up & China Open 2011 winner Judd Trump earned two awards too!  Trump is now very popular and welcome by the fans on his playing style. The 21-year-old Bristol boy had an incredible performance in the last few weeks. He won his first ranking title and reached the world final. Judd is very fresh to the game and successfully raise public attention of the world championship. And we see more from Trump next season? :)

  Players Player of the Year: Mark Williams

Williams was voted the Player of the Year by his fellows :) Williams kept a good run throughout the season. He also regains World Number 1 spot at the end of this season, by winning German Masters 2011 and reaching UK Championship 2011. Glad to see Williams was back to his winning form after winning China Open last year :)

Rookie of the Year: Jack Lisowski

Photo source: World Snooker

2010/2011 is Lisowski's first  professional year. Lisowski made his debut TV appearance in Welsh Open 2011. Lisowski was so close to win, he just lost to John Higgins 3-4 in Round 1. Lisowski made another TV appearance in PTC Grand Final. He had a good result in PTC series, including reaching PTC3 Final. 

Magic Moment of the Year: Rory McLeod

Watch the video, it is one of the best flukes I have ever seen. In Shoot out 2011, Rory McLeod was 54-57 behind with only 10 seconds left.  He plays a crazy shot on the final pot - It's fluked into the pocket. He won 61-57 over Tony Drago in that round. Amazing moment :)

147 Club: Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, Kurt Maflin, Barry Hawkins, Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon, Mark Williams, Rory McLeod

Seven players joined 147 club this year. O'Sullivan and Hendry now holds the most maximum breaks record - 10 147s. Williams hits his second maximum break in his career. Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon became the youngest player ever to make an official maximum break at the age of 16 years and 312 days :)
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan - World Open 2010 (Last 64, against Mark King)
  • Stephen Hendry - Welsh Open 2011 (Round 2, against Stephen Maguire)
  • Kurt Maflin - PTC 1 (Round 1, against Michal Zielinski)
  • Barry Hawkins - PTC 3 (Round 6, against James McGouran)
  • Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon - EPTC 3 (Round 3, against Barry Hawkins)
  • Mark Williams - EPTC (Round 1, against Diana Schuler) 
  • Rory McLeod - EPTC 6 (Round 3, against Issara Kachaiwong)  

Hall of Fame: Joe and Fred Davis, John Pulman, Ray Reardon, John Spencer, Alex Higgins, Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry

A new line-up for Hall of Fame by World Snooker, all of them have won mutiple world titles :) Thanks for their contribution to Snooker!


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