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Last Updated: Monday, 25 April, 2005, 14:10 GMT 15:10 UK
Stevens completes White thrashing
By Saj Chowdhury
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Matthew Stevens
Stevens was in majestic form against an abject White.
Matthew Stevens took just 30 minutes to complete a comfortable 13-5 second-round win over Jimmy White at the World Snooker Championship.

The people's favourite began the final session 12-4 down after Stevens had dominated the second session 7-1.

White delayed what seemed the inevitable by winning the 17th frame before his Welsh opponent sealed victory in the next with a 69 break.

Stevens now faces seven-times champion Stephen Hendry in the last eight.

Afterwards, Stevens said it was odd needing just 30 minutes to beat White, but said he was glad of a rest before his next match, against Hendry.

"Overnight I was 12-4 in front so I'd basically won. That actually puts more pressure on you to win," he said.

"Stephen won his last game 13-3 so he's not used up much energy.

"I feel as fresh as a daisy, as if I've not played a game so far. I've been going to bed early and getting up early, so far it's paid off."

A typically honest White admitted he may have outstayed his welcome in Sheffield after his heavy loss.

"I should have taken some time off after beating Fergal O'Brien. The atmosphere's great but I didn't get the practice I would do at home," he said.

"I never took any form from the practice table to the match.

"Matthew played well but he must have felt he had nothing to beat. I really thought I had a chance this year, that's the most frustrating thing."

M STEVENS (Wal) 13-5 J WHITE (Eng) 61-62 83-1 45-70 83-17 (55) 80-8 (50) 64-20 49-63 76-50 (66) 58-30 83-0 (59) 68-1 97-0 (90) 66-1 (65) 18-71 110-13 (106) 121-3 (121) 36-81 (68) 69-1 (69)

Interview: Jimmy White

Interview: Matthew Stevens

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