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Last Updated: Monday, 9 February, 2004, 05:33 GMT
Hunter hails 'Plan B'
Paul Hunter
Paul Hunter claimed his stunning comeback to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan to the Masters title was down to a little help from his fiancée.

Hunter has won the Wembley crown three times in the last four years and each time Lyndsey Fell has inspired him.

"She's good at what she does," said the 25-year-old, who escaped family and friends at the interval to frolic with his fiancée at his hotel.

"And of course we put Plan B into operation," added Hunter.

When O'Sullivan led 6-2 after the first session, Hunter was certainly in need of some inspiration.

But the half-time love break appeared to have failed when the Rocket fired into a 7-2 lead.

However, slowly the match began to turn as O'Sullivan couldn't repeat his earlier form.

And in total, Hunter knocked in five century breaks as he repeated the 10-9 scoreline he achieved against Fergal O'Brien in 2001 and Mark Williams 12 months later.

There's such a great atmosphere here, it's such a great venue
Paul Hunter

"I think this win tops the other two," said Hunter.

"It was a lot to ask when I went so far behind. But I just tried to concentrate on my own game and forget about Ronnie.

"Then things started to happen and I began to sense I might do it again.

"The first time I played here as a wild-card against Mark Williams I could hardly hold the cue.

"I knew then that I really wanted to win this tournament because there's such a great atmosphere here; it's such a great venue.

"Now I've won it three times."

O'Sullivan was gracious in defeat and praised Hunter's durability.

"Paul played well and deserved to win. You have got to take your hat off to him," he said.

"When he was so far behind he could easily have thrown in the towel. But it was a good match to be involved in and life goes on.

"Obviously I'm a little bit disappointed but as long as everybody enjoyed the match, then that's the most important thing."





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