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Wednesday, 11 December, 2002, 21:09 GMT
Henry shocks O'Sullivan

Drew Henry 9-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan's reign as UK Champion was brought to a dramatic end as Drew Henry seized upon an alarmingly out-of-sorts display by the three-times winner.


Some careless play from O'Sullivan, including a missed yellow played left-handed in the 10th, helped Henry charge into a commanding 7-4 lead.

O'Sullivan clawed one back with an 80 clearance, and after conceding the next rallied once more to trail 8-6.


I got slaughtered out there
Ronnie O'Sullivan

But world number 22 Henry, from Rutherglen, Scotland, composed himself in the 15th and claimed the biggest win of his career with a 74 clearance.

O'Sullivan had played some erratic snooker after establishing a 2-1 lead in the opening session.

Surprise quarter-finalist Henry then swept 4-2 ahead aided along the way by a 32 clearance and a break of 48.

At his unhappiest when forced into a scrap, O'Sullivan fought back to go in at the interval all square, but his poor form continued and Henry claimed a deserved win.

O'Sullivan vowed not to pick up his cue again until the new year after his defeat.

"I bit off the tip at the end - it was a strategy thing," said O'Sullivan.

"If the cue had a tip on it and was lying around the house then I would be tempted to have a knock, but now I won't use it until January. I won't end up snookering myself.

"I got slaughtered out there. I never got going and I just cannot put my finger on what is wrong."

Henry, meanwhile, hailed the win as the biggest result of his career.

"It's a huge scalp and I am over the moon. I was punching the air at the end of the match," he said.

"We both played rubbish and I have been struggling. I know I will have to play a lot better against Ken Doherty.

"It is the biggest win of my career but not the best because of how I played. It is great to beat someone of Ronnie's calibre over 17 frames though."


Frame-by-frame scores (O'Sullivan first): 10-92, 75-50, 65-4 (53), 63-69, 18-63, 1-89, 52-19, 68-21, 5-116 (58) 27-60, 52-70, 100-21 (80), 39-74, 72-32 (71), 15-74 (74)

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