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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 April, 2004, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK
Hendry races to victory
By Julian Shea
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Stephen Hendry in action during his victory
Hendry did not hang around
Stephen Hendry wasted little time securing a 10-2 win over Stuart Pettman with a dominant display.

Hendry was in imperious form in the opening session, racking up breaks of 89 and 80 and taking the final frame on the final ball to wrap up an 8-1 lead.

When play restarted, the writing seemed to be on the wall for Pettman when he missed a fairly simple long red but he recovered to take the frame.

A 117 clearance then put Hendry a frame away from victory, which soon followed.

Hendry admitted he found it difficult to prepare for the second session having led 8-1 overnight.

"It's a hard situation because the only thought in your mind is that you've won already. It's a matter of getting it over as quickly as possible," he said.

"Everyone was looking forward to me playing Jimmy White in the next round but you can't take results for granted.

"Maybe the crowd will be more sedate now it's against Barry Pinches."

Having played Mark Williams on his only previous Crucible appearance, Stuart Pettman said luck was not on his side.

"I've had two of the toughest draws possible when I've qualified. Stephen's absolute class, I didn't adapt and that's why it wasn't closer," he said.

"I know I'm playing well but it's hard to adapt to a situation I'm unused to.

"I couldn't believe I was 8-1 down after the first session. It should have been 6-3 at the worst. That hurt."

First-round result (best of 19 frames):
S Hendry (Sco) 10-2 S Pettman (Eng)

72-50, 73-9 (51), 37-99 (83), 97-15 (58), 65-28, 89-0 (89), 82-20 (80), 55-29, 71-65, 36-82 (51), 125-0 (117), 93-33 (33)




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