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  Sunday, 21 April, 2002, 13:20 GMT 14:20 UK
King's sweet revenge
Mark King goes for a shot
King had lost to Gray at the Regal Scottish Open
Mark King gained a timely revenge on David Gray with a 10-5 victory to reach the second round of the World Championships.

Gray had beaten King on his way to the Regal Scottish Open final but this time King was too good in what was a tight and unattractive contest.

The player from Romford had led 6-3 after Saturday's opening session but Gray took the first two frames of the second session with breaks of 68 and 58 to bring it to 6-5.

It looked like King, the world number 13, might have a difficult task on his hands to make it to the second round.

I didn't score too heavily but my safety was good
Mark King

But he seized the initiative in the twelfth frame winning it 67-7 and captured the next three frames after that to set up a meeting with Ken Doherty or Stuart Bingham.

Afterwards King told BBC Sport Online that he had planned to make the match a scrappy affair in order to disrupt Gray's flow.

"I knew I would come out winning if I played a bit more solid. To play not so well and win 10-5 is a great feat for myself," said King.

"When I played David in Aberdeen, I left him a few chances and a few balls from which he scored heavy.


"So I decided to come out on Sunday and make the frames more scrappy, although I did give him two at the start."

"I do know that I'll have to play a million times better to go progress in this competition, so I'm going to go home now for a couple of days and relax, so that I'll be fresh for the next round."


M King (Eng) 10-5 D Gray (Eng)
36-83 (53), 70-63, 74-21, 63-58, 36-83, 58-66, 80-3 (76), 72-8, 81-19, 0-98 (68), 22-102 (58), 67-7, 77-21, 64-51, 82-33 (79)

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