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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 March, 2004, 19:16 GMT
White too strong for Hendry
Jimmy White
White opted for a quiet night
Jimmy White managed a repeat of his Wembley Masters victory as he claimed a 5-3 win over Stephen Hendry in the second round of the European Open.

White looked in confident form, making breaks of 72, 52, 69, 51 and 65 as Hendry struggled to get to grips with the table and never really threatened.

Hendry appeared to have a chance when he snatched the sixth frame on the black to level at 3-3.

But White dominated the final two frames to wrap up the win.

White said his refusal to sample the Malta nightlife was a contributing factor to his victory.

"I had eight people ringing me up last night to go out but I resisted the temptation," said the 41-year-old.

"I'm working hard. I've always loved the game but now I'm treating it with the right respect and getting some payback for it."

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Hendry said: "I just played dreadfully. It was a horrendous performance. I wasn't thinking about the rankings. I just couldn't seem to get any kind of form going," said the Scotsman.

White will now face Australia's Neil Robertson who beat David Gray 5-2.

Meanwhile, Scotland's John Higgins has also reached the quarter-finals after a comfortable 5-0 victory over Graeme Dott.

Ronnie O'Sullivan will face Stephen Lee in the quarter-finals after the world number five battled past Steve Davis.

Lee came through 5-3, but his 46-year-old opponent made him work hard for his win.

"It was a tough match, and I could have been 3-0 down," said Lee, who had a walkover in the first round because of the withdrawal of Robin Hull.

"I'm just glad to have got over the line."

I haven't played that badly for two or three years
Paul Hunter
Malta's Tony Drago delighted the home fans with a 5-2 win against Paul Hunter to book his first ranking tournament quarter-final spot since 1998.

"This is a great place to play and I'd have problems if I couldn't get up for it," he said.

"For the last few years I've really felt the pressure here but these days I can accept that it's part of the job."

Drago set the tone by winning the first two frames and Hunter, the world number eight, could find no way back.

Australia's Quinten Hann beat Anthony Hamilton of England 5-1 to claim the final place in the last eight.





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