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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 November, 2003, 16:49 GMT
Higgins makes history
John Higgins
John Higgins became the first player to compile maximum breaks in successive tournaments after making a 147 in the British Open on Wednesday.

The world number four achieved the feat in the fifth frame of his 5-1 victory over Michael Judge in the second round in Brighton.

Higgins had knocked in a maximum during the LG Cup final at Preston last month.

The Scot, who earned 25,000 for the break, said: "I've had quite a few 147s in practice before I came down here so I knew I was playing well."

He added: "I never used to play for maximums but just lately they've been going in quite regularly.

"It's like waiting for a bus. You wait for ages and then a load come at once, so I'm over the moon."

The perfect break was the fourth 147 of Higgins' career and only Stephen Hendry, with eight, and Ronnie O'Sullivan, with six, have made more maximums.

It is a fact Higgins is aware of.

He said: "With the likes of Stephen and Ronnie in the tournament, they could equal it.

"But the good thing is that I'm feeling a lot happier with my game, and that comes through by making decent breaks. I'm a lot more settled - so long may it continue."

I felt good but if Tony had taken some of his chances early on in the match it would have been closer
Stephen Lee

Veteran Steve Davis suffered his second straight defeat when he was beaten 5-3 in the second round by Joe Swail.

The 46-year-old, back in the top 16 after a three-year absence, said: "If you don't play well enough, you're out and I made too many mistakes.

"Joe is a very good player. He's not back to tournament-winning form but it was a good performance."

Stephen Lee beat Maltese number one Tony Drago 5-0 to become the first man into the quarter-final.

Lee, a former Grand Prix, LG Cup and Scottish Open champion, fired in breaks of 49, 81, 120 and 44 in clinching a 4-0 lead for the loss of only 30 points.

Mark Williams coasted into the third round by beating Michael Holt 5-2.

The Welshman has now safely negotiated the opening match in his last 48 tournaments.





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