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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 April, 2003, 15:48 GMT 16:48 UK
Hunter eases through
By Clive Jones
BBC Sport at the Crucible

Paul Hunter
Hunter will face Matthew Stevens in round two

Paul Hunter was made to struggle before securing a 10-5 first-round victory over dogged qualifier Ali Carter.

Hunter started with an overnight 8-1 advantage and a 50 break in the first frame put him one short of victory.

But carter fought back to win the next four frames, which included a 54 in the 11th and a century in the 13th.

The end finally came in the next frame as Hunter wrapped up the match to set up a second-round clash with his stablemate Matthew Stevens.

"I had a great start and to get to 8-0 is something you dream of," said Hunter.

"Ali came back well and it was a matter of falling over the line.

"I am more determined this year as I have never done well here, but you've got to enjoy the tournament because that is what it's all about."

First round result: Paul Hunter (Eng) 10-5 Ali Carter (Eng)
103-23 (81), 70-55 (Hunter 50), 81-0 (57), 86-25, 69-62 (68, 62), 68-54, 135-1 (128), 83-37 (71), 44-54, 62-16 (50), 40-75 (54), 17-61, 1-126 (101), 0-65, 106-19

Paul Hunter
"I'm just pleased I won, it doesn't matter how"

Ali Carter
"I just wanted to make a game of it in the end"

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