Which player(s) hold(s) the record for the most century breaks in a single tournament?

All, or almost all, professional snooker players on the World Snooker Tour are capable of making a century break, so it stands to reason the more frames they play the more opportunities they have to do so. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the record for the most century breaks was set, and subsequently equalled, in the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Since 1997, the flagship event has consisted of best-of-19-frame first-round matches, best-of-25-frame second-round and quarter-final matches, best-of-33-frame semi-final matches and a best-of-35-frame final, played over two days and four sessions. Hence, any player looking to lift the unmistakable World Championship trophy faces the prospect of playing a possible 137 frames over a 17-day period.

As far as centuries breaks are concerned, seven-time World Champion Stephen Hendry compiled 16 including five in a 17-13 semi-final victory over defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan – on his way to his ninth, and last, appearance in a World Championship final in 2002. He eventually lost 18-17 to Peter Ebdon, despite making back-to-back centuries in frames five and six and, again, in frames 17 and 18.

Hendry held the record for the most century breaks in a single tournament, outright, for 20 years but, in 2022, three-time World Champion Mark Williams equalled his mark, despite only reaching the semi-final stages. In his own words, Williams ‘started off like a train’, compiling four centuries, including three in the first five frames, in his first-round match against fellow Welshman Michael White, which he won 10-3. He continued in similar vein in the second round, compiling six centuries in a 13-3 victory over another compatriot, his practice partner Jackson Page. He made just two centuries in his quarter-final against Yan Bingtao, which he won 13-11, but four more in a 17-16 semi-final defeat by Judd Trump was enough to equal the record.

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