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  Sunday, 21 April, 2002, 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
Sad time for Dott
Graeme Dott
Dott is into the second round at Sheffield
World number 14 Graeme Dott held off the challenge of Robin Hull to triumph 10-6 and reach the second round for the first time.

But the Glaswegian's joy was tinged with sadness by the news that May Lambie, wife of his manager Alex and mother of his girlfriend had died of cancer on Sunday morning.

Dott revealed at the post match conference that he had learned on Friday of Mrs Lambie's illness.

But afterwards it emerged that the news of her death had been kept from Dott while he was playing.

No decision has yet been made about his participation in the remainder of the tournament.

Dott is not due to start his second-round match against John Higgins or James Wattana until next Sunday.

Cruising to victory

It was a brave performance by Dott's opponent Robin Hull, the first player from Finland to make it through to the televised stages at the Crucible.

Dott held a 6-3 overnight lead and looked to be cruising to victory when he took the first three frames of the session to lead 9-3.

But Hull hauled himself back into the game with breaks of 81 and 70 to make it 9-6.


I played well in the first session and that's where the damage was done.
Graeme Dott

However the 14th seed wrapped up victory with a 67 break in the 16th frame to clinch the win.

Dott has been inconsistent in recent years and revealed that the problem nearly reared its ugly head again at The Crucible.

"Years ago when I was in any sort of trouble I used to get my points and dig my way out. I need to do something drastic to find some form again," he said.

Damage

"I should really be at number 10 in the world, but I've thrown away too many matches."

"I played well in the first session against Robin and that's where the damage was done.

"I did it all my work on Saturday and I didn't do that well in the second.

"When he was coming back at me, I was a little nervous. At 9-6 I felt okay, but had he pulled it back to 9-8, then I would have been a bit panicky."


Frame-by-frame:

G Dott (Sco) 10-6 R Hull (Fin)
71-26, 55-13, 110-0 (80), 13-66, 76-14 (76), 12-74, 0-107 (91), 83-11, 72-6<, 62-44, 80-0, 68-51 (62), 36-76, 0-85 (81), 9-81 (70), 84-37 (67)

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