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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 April, 2004, 21:53 GMT 22:53 UK
Stevens battles through
By Phil Harlow
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Matthew Stevens
Stevens was pushed all the way by Wattana
Matthew Stevens reached the second round with a hard-earned 10-7 win over Thailand's James Wattana.

Wattana took the opening frame with a fluent 95 before the match turned into an engrossing tactical battle with the Thai coming out on top for a 5-7 lead.

But Stevens suddenly regained his touch and took the next three frames with some astute play.

The 10th seed hit a break of 71 in the 16th to move within touching distance and held on for victory.

Stevens admitted he was relieved to claim his first win since November.

He said: "I'd be lying if I said my confidence hadn't dropped a bit after losing all those matches.

"Obviously I haven't been playing as I can but hopefully I can save all my best form for The Crucible.

"I'm going to have to play a lot better if I'm going to go any further but I'm really looking forward to it now."


First round result (best of 19 frames):

M Stevens (Eng) 10-7 J Wattana (Thai)
21-107 (94) 16-94 59-38 0-109 (109) 33-87 122-1 (122) 64-55 65-1 (65) 59-41 0-95 (95) 43-79 53-76 (52 Stevens) 56-9 56-9 62-2 71-32 (71) 62-30 (60)



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