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Hendry suffers thrashing in China

Stephen Hendry
Hendry is focusing on next month's World Championship

Stephen Hendry has been dumped out of the China Open at the first-round stage by Barry Hawkins.

The seven-time world champion, 39, won the first frame before the 28-year-old from Kent rattled in 102 and 64 en route to winning the next five.

Home favourite Ding Junhui recorded a 5-3 victory over Joe Perry but defending champion Graeme Dott suffered a 5-1 defeat to Barry Pinches.

Meanwhile, Mark King enjoyed a 5-2 win over Steve Davis.

Hendry was gracious in defeat following the thumping in Beijing.

"I lost because Barry played better than me," he said.

"I didn't get many chances after the first frame and he was the better player.

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"This doesn't have any bearing on the World Championship, but it matters because I wanted to do well here. I'll have to wait until next year."

Fellow Scot Dott was at a loss to explain why he had performed so badly.

"I don't know what's the matter with me, I'm just playing terrible at the moment," said the 2006 world champion.

"I'm still practising hard, but I can't get my head around it at the moment. It's difficult to take.

"For some reason I was just very bad. I wasn't tired, I just played rubbish.

"You are disappointed when you lose any game. I know I need to play better, especially at the World Championship next month."



see also
Snooker on the BBC
07 Jan 08 |  Snooker
China Open first-round results
24 Mar 08 |  Snooker
China Open draw
24 Mar 08 |  Snooker


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