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World Snooker 2009

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
18 April-4 May 2009

Ronnie O'Sullivan in first round action

Ronnie O'Sullivan is looking to add a fourth world title to his 2001, 2004 and 2008 triumphs at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield

Michaela Tabb

The referee for their match is Michaela Tabb, who is set to become the first woman to officiate in a final at the Crucible

Ali Carter

Last year's beaten finalist, Ali Carter, isn't at his best but still manages to secure a 10-5 first-round win over Gerard Greene

Mark Williams and Stephen Hendry

In a first-round battle of former champions, Stephen Hendry (front) fights back from 5-4 and 7-5 down to beat Mark Williams 10-7

Ricky Walden

The emotion of the Crucible occasion gets to Ricky Walden as he heads for a first-round exit, beaten 10-6 by Mark Selby

Martin Gould

Croupier and qualifier Martin Gould had no luck at the table this time, losing 10-6 to Mark Allen

Joe Perry

It was a bad day at the office for last year's semi-finalist Joe Perry who lost 10-6 to Jamie Cope

Steve Davis and Neil Robertson

Steve Davis' 29th visit to the Crucible was brought to an early end by Neil Robertson, 24 years his junior

Shaun Murphy

Shaun Murphy, who lost in the second round against Ali Carter last year, eased past Neil Higginson

John Higgins

Two-time champion John Higgins is not at his best against Michael Holt but a break of 131 helps him seal a 10-5 victory

Ronnie O'Sullivan

'The Rocket' is not in the best of form and loses the first two frames to Mark Allen in the second round before levelling the match at 4-4

Mark Allen celebrates victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan

But Allen holds his nerve to pull off a stunning 13-11 win over the defending champion

Ronnie O'Sullivan faces the media after his defeat

After seeing his reign as world champion ended, O'Sullivan gets ready to face the media, including Five Live's Phillip Studd

Mark King mulls a shot as Stephen Maguire watches on

On Sunday, Mark King (left) and Stephen Maguire created Crucible history by playing the longest frame ever at the World Championships

Mark King lines up a shot

King was particular pot-shy in the frame which lasted 74 minutes and 58 seconds, eventually won by Maguire

John Higgins

Higgins is all smiles after winning the final three frames to squeeze past Jamie Cope 13-12

Stephen Hendry

Stephen Hendry gets Monday's action off to a flyer with the ninth 147 in World Championship history in his match against Shaun Murphy

John Higgins and Mark Selby

A superb opening session in the quarter-final between Selby and Higgins saw the Crucible crowd treated to four century breaks

Stephen Hendry

Hendry resumes two frames adrift of Murphy at 9-7 down but can hardly bear to look as the 2005 champion extends his lead early on

Shaun Murphy

Murphy has difficulty shaking off the attentions of Hendry but eventually comes through 13-11 to reach the semi-finals

Mark Allen

Surprise-package Allen continues his charge by reaching the last four with an impressive 13-11 victory over Ryan Day

John Higgins in the semi-final

Higgins, who eventually beat Selby 13-12, gets the better of a scrappy opening to his semi-final with Allen to lead 6-2

Neil Robertson

In their semi-final Neil Robertson (above) and Shaun Murphy were 4-4 before Murphy edges ahead of the Australian 9-7 on Friday afternoon

John Higgins watchs Mark Allen in action

Higgins takes early control of his semi-final against Allen, but the Northern Irishman refuses to give up without a battle

John Higgins

But 1998 and 2007 world champion Higgins holds his nerve to prevail, winning 17-13 to reach his fourth Crucible final

John Higgins watchs Mark Allen

Higgins looks edgy as Mark Allen produces a stunning fightback but the two-time champion stays cool to make the final winning 17-13

Shaun Murphy celebrates

The second semi-final was equally dramatic with Robertson levelling at 14-14 but Murphy hits back to win 17-14 and reach the final

Shaun Murphy and John Higgins

John Higgins is looking for his third world crown, whilst Shaun Murphy is looking to secure his second

John Higgins

Higgins opened an 11-5 lead after the first two sessions of the final thanks in large to winning the last six frames of the day

Shaun Murphy

Murphy watches on forlornly as his title dream slips away, with Higgins continuing his fabulous form into Monday

Shaun Murphy and John Higgins shake hands at the end of the match

The flawless Higgins does not give Murphy a sniff and the Scot wraps up a comfortable 18-9 victory over the 2005 champion

2009 champion John Higgins holds aloft his trophy

Higgins proudly holds the trophy aloft as he becomes only the sixth player to win three or more titles in the modern era

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