The championship, which fell to Hendry for a fifth time, was overshadowed by a story in the first week which threw a shadow over the integrity of the game.
Hendry was the boss once again
Betting had been suspended on Jimmy White's first round match against South African Peter Francisco shortly before it began.
There had been a suspicious preponderance of bets on White to win 10-2, which was indeed the final score.
A WPBSA panel analysed the match and later banned Francisco for five years.
No suspicion ever fell on White, who went on to reach the semi-finals, in which Hendry made the Crucible's third 147 in beating him 16-12.
Nigel Bond became a surprise finalist by beating Andy Hicks, the first round conqueror of Steve Davis, 16-11 in the semis.
But Hendry was simply too strong for him and clinched his 18-9 victory with a run of 103, his 12th century of the tournament, a record for the World Championship at that time.