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Last Updated:  Monday, 10 February, 2003, 09:46 GMT
Williams back to his best
Mark Williams cruised to victory at the 2003 Benson and Hedges Masters
Mark Williams cruised to victory at the 2003 Benson and Hedges Masters
Mark Williams gained revenge on Stephen Hendry to become the last ever winner of the Benson and Hedges Masters.

And after pocketing the 210,000 first prize following his 10-4 win, the Welshman sounded an ominous warning to his rivals.

"I'm not far off where I was when I won the world title in 2000," said Williams, who lost to Hendry in Cardiff last month.

"I've beaten all the top players and that gives me great confidence."

Williams made his bid for the title in the opening session winning five successive frames to finish the afternoon session 6-2 in front.

There is not a better tournament in the world
Mark Williams on the B&H Masters

Although Hendry closed to 7-4, Williams took the vital 12th frame and then dominated the last two frames with Hendry potting just one ball.

"It was always a dream to play someone like Stephen in the final here, and now I've done it twice - and won it twice. And not too many people can say that," said Williams.

Government tobacco ban on sports sponsorship takes effect after the current season and the future of London's only tournament remains in serious doubt.

Hendry had no complaints after losing the most one-sided final since 1995.

"I missed a black at 3-1 which I took for guaranteed," he said. "It's a long time since I let one miss affect me that badly.

"But I had gone for the rest of the session. Mark dominated the match and I couldn't put him under enough pressure."

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