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Saturday, 8 February, 2003, 22:02 GMT
Hendry breaks Doherty resistance
Stephen Hendry
Hendry now faces Mark Williams in the final

Stephen Hendry ended Ken Doherty's B&H Masters hopes with an impressive 6-3 victory in Saturday's semi-final.


Hendry set the standard when he racked up a break of 144 in the second frame - the second highest in Masters history, equalling the score he made against Ronnie O'Sullivan in 1996.

That gave the Scot a 2-0 lead, and although Doherty replied with an 87 break to take the third frame, Hendry ended the first session with a 3-1 lead.

Doherty stayed in touch as the pace slowed after the interval and had the better of some tight tactical exchanges.

It would be nice to win the last B&H Masters to make it seven wins to go with my seven world championships

Stephen Hendry

But Hendry kept his composure in the ninth frame to clinch a final showdown against his stablemate Mark Williams.

Hendry was delighted by his win, even though he narrowly missed out on a maximum for the second night running, having stalled on the pink against Jimmy White on Friday.

He said of his performance: "I felt more relaxed than I did last night.

"To have come through a match like that [against White] was a big boost and I came out against Ken with all guns blazing.

"It would be nice to win the last B&H Masters to make it seven wins to go with my seven world championships."

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