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Last Updated: Friday, 18 April, 2003, 11:10 GMT 12:10 UK
1990: Cue Stephen Hendry
Stephen Hendry
Nobody could have predicted what lay ahead for the Scot
Stephen Hendry superseded Alex Higgins as snooker's youngest world champion by winning the title at the age of 21.

From 9-11 in the semi-finals, Hendry beat John Parrott 16-11 and his 18-12 victory over Jimmy White in the final lasted only six hours, three minutes.

Hendry compiled a break of 108 in the last frame of the first day to lead 9-7 and won the first four of the third session in just 45 minutes, an onslaught from which White, who had beaten Steve Davis 16-14 in the semis, never recovered.

If the tournament marked the beginning of Hendry's period of dominance, it also marked the end for Higgins.

With a series of disciplinary transgressions stacking up against him, Higgins announced his retirement during a rambling speech which followed his 10-5 first round defeat to Steve James.

Higgins punched the tournament press officer on entering the press conference room to add to the accumulation of misbehaviour which saw him banned for a season.

James had produced a notable first in the match, a "16-red" 135 total clearance that began with a free ball.


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