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Last Updated: Friday, 18 April, 2003, 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK
2002: Ebdon wins pulsating final
Peter Ebdon
Ebdon won a thriller
The 2002 World Championship produced one of the greatest finals ever witnessed at The Crucible.

Over eight million viewers were glued to their television sets past midnight to watch the outcome of the final-frame decider between Peter Ebdon and Stephen Hendry.

Would Hendry make it a record eight wins? Or would Ebdon pull off a shock and avenge the 1996 final defeat by the Scotsman.

Ebdon had a chance to sew up the title in the 34th frame but the Wellinborough player missed a straight black into the bottom left when 52-27 up, giving Hendry the opportunity to level at 17-17 and take the match to the 35th and final frame.

With The Crucible faithful on tenterhooks, the frame began in very tense fashion with both players making relatively easy mistakes.

Ebdon then took control and made a 59 before missing his next effort.

Hendry was unlucky to go in-off when trying to play safe, which gave Ebdon another chance at the table and eventually wrap-up a much deserved title.

The 2001 champion, Ronnie O'Sullivan was beaten 17-13 by Hendry in the semi-final.

The match was somewhat marred by O'Sullivan's derogatory comments made against his opponent.

Welshman Matthew Stevens reached the last four once again, after beating the much-fancied John Higgins.

It was a welcome return to form for the youngster who had suffered from poor form and personal grief, prior to the tournament.

One of the shocks of the Championship came in the second round when world number one Mark Williams was beaten 13-9 by Anthony Hamilton.

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