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Vintage Hendry reaches last eight

Scotland's Stephen Hendry lines up a pot
Hendry faces Ryan Day in the quarter-finals

Stephen Hendry rolled back the years with a dominant 13-7 win over Ding Junhui in the second round of the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

Hendry began the final session 11-5 ahead and was set for a 146 break in the opener before breaking down on 112.

China's Ding, 21, did not settle down in the match until late on Friday when he knocked in three 90-plus breaks.

He then won the 18th and 19th with two more half-tons before the seven-time champion secured his win with a 70.

Hendry, 39, who has made the Crucible quarter-finals for the first time in three years, now faces Welshman Ryan Day.

Prior to the tournament, the Scot was rated as a 33-1 chance for the title - odds that have tumbled following his win over Ding.

"The bookmakers go on form and the last two or three years they have got it pretty much right," said Hendry.

"But I know what I've done in the past and I know what I'm capable of. It's like my living room, I put my pipe and slippers on and get my feet under the table.

"I played probably tighter than I ever have but when you're up against players like Ding you have to keep the game tight. One of my biggest faults the last few years has been trying to push the boat out and poor shot selection."



see also
O'Sullivan eases to Crucible win
24 Apr 08 |  Snooker
Maguire storms into second round
24 Apr 08 |  Snooker
Liang sends Doherty crashing out
23 Apr 08 |  Snooker
World Championship draw
20 Apr 08 |  Snooker
Snooker on the BBC
26 Apr 08 |  Snooker
Crucible champions
14 Apr 08 |  Snooker


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