- Mark Davis (snooker player)
Mark Davis at the 2011 Paul Hunter Classic
Born August 12, 1972 Sport country England Professional 1991– Highest ranking 18 (3 months) 18 Career winnings GB£361,415 Highest break 143 (China Open 2010) Century breaks 109 Best ranking finish Quarter-final (2001 Scottish Open), (2010 Shanghai Masters) Tournament wins Non-ranking 1
Mark Davis (born 12 August 1972) is an English professional snooker player from St. Leonards in Sussex, England. The highlights of his career so far have been winning the Benson & Hedges Championship in 2002 – earning him an appearance at the Masters – and winning the 2009 Six-red World Championship.
Davis first gained attention in 1995, when he defeated Ken Doherty in the first round of the World Championship. Two years later Doherty beat him in the first round of the Irishman's 1997 title-winning run. He also qualified for the event in 1994, 2001 and 2008, reaching 2008's event with a 10–9 victory over Leo Fernandez and a 10–2 win over Gerard Greene. He went on to be knocked out in the first round by Mark Williams, where he lost 10–3.
Davis came close to losing his Main Tour status in the late 1990s, but recovered in the early 2000s to return to the top 48. Reaching the quarter-finals of the 2001 Regal Scottish tournament, his second career quarter-final, was the main catalyst for this. His success in reaching the 2008 World Championship came after 2 poor seasons, leaving him at #58 in the rankings. He opened the 2008/2009 season strongly by qualifying for the 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy and defeating local hope Joe Swail 5–4 in the first round, before beating Ding Junhui 5–4 in the last 32 in one of the best wins of his career. He was beaten in the last 16 5–2 by Ali Carter. He followed this up by also qualifying for the Bahrain and UK Championships, though he was forced to pull out early in his last-32 match against Joe Perry in the latter, due to a stomach upset . He exceeded his 2007/2008 ranking points total after only five of the eight events of the 2008/2009 season. In 2009 Davis won the Six-Red World Championship. In 2010, Davis reached the second round of the World Championship for the first time in 15 years by defeating sixth seed Ryan Day.
Davis has compiled 100 competitive centuries in his career up to September 2010, putting him 35th in the top of the players reaching a century of centuries in a career.
He got his career best tournamant break of 143 in the China Open on 29 March 2010, the 93rd of his career, in a wild-card round match against Tian Pengfei. After an excellent 2009/2010 season, he reached the top 32 of the players and also claim his highest rank, by being ranked 26th.
He also qualified for the 2010 Shanghai Masters event where he reached the last-eight beating Marco Fu and Stephen Maguire on the way before surrendering a 4–1 lead against Jamie Burnett and going out 5–4. However, his strong performances continued and took him to a career high ranking of 18.
- Benson & Hedges Championship (2002)
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