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Last Updated: Monday, 28 April, 2003, 11:10 GMT 12:10 UK
Williams powers past Hann
By Dan Warren
BBC Sport at the Crucible

Mark Williams
Mark Williams is in fine form

Former champion Mark Williams was in unstoppable form as he blitzed Quinten Hann 13-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

The Australian began the session trailing 6-2, but he found the Welshman in unforgiving mood.

The world number two played flawless snooker, stifling the 14th seed, and rattling off the first seven frames to seal a remarkable 13-2 win.

It meant Williams had won a record 13 frames in a row to book a quarter-final spot against Stephen Hendry.

He admitted he was surprised at the ease of his win.

"We both struggled for the first four or five frames, but after that I was in control of the match," said Williams.

"It's unbelievable to win 13-2 at The Crucible, especially against a player who can play as well as Quinten.

Let down

"I'm looking forward to playing Stephen. I'm aiming to get back to number one in the world and it should be a good game."

Hann said he felt he had let himself down.

"I just think I played badly for the whole match. I got to 30 quite often, but couldn't get any further," said the Australian.

"I had plenty of chances, but to be truthful I was going to get beaten by whover I was playing today.

"I don't know why I played so badly, I just did. I've been practising lots lately, so maybe it's time for a rest."


Second-round result:
Mark Williams (Wal) 13-2 Quinten Hann (Aus)
34-67, 50-58, 71-28, 74-11 (52), 71-5, 64-52, 81-6 (81), 78-33 (60), 57-49, 89-0, 69-29 (69)




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