Selby closes on win over Hendry

Eurosport - Mon, 26 Apr 13:30:00 2010

Mark Selby produced a devastating display to take a commanding 11-5 lead going into the final session of their World Championship second-round clash at the Crucible.

SNOOKER 2010 World Championships Stephen Hendry (NOT IN CH) - 0

Selby made an excellent start to the second session, blowing Hendry away with four unanswered frames.

Hendry, perhaps still suffering following Selby's unlikely comeback in the first session, looked off the pace in the opening exchanges. Selby ruthlessly punished the seven-times champion's every error.

A fine break of 96 wrapped up the first frame, whilst breaks of 55 and 48 were enough to take the second and third without so much as a whimper from Hendry, who went 33 minutes without potting a ball.

Henry finally looked to have found a way back into the match in the 12th frame, rolling back the years with some fine long shots to open up a 60-0 in-frame lead.

One more red would have sealed it for the Scot, but another careless shot saw the vital ball cannon off another red, giving Selby the slightest of chances to get back into the frame.

A majestic 72 clearance followed with Hendry again reduced to the status of onlooker as Selby snatched the frame from under his nose to open up a commanding 8-4 lead.

Hendry finally found a response in the 13th frame, taking three visits and a gritty break of 45 to bring a halt to a devastating sequence of six frames in a row for Selby.

The number seven seed was in no mood to humour a Hendry comeback though, firing a tremendous 117 in the 14th and 99 in the 15th to lead 10-5 with just one frame remaining in the morning.

Selby wrapped up the final frame with another ruthless 78 break to seal a stunning 7-1 second-session demolition.

Play will resume on Monday evening, with the winner facing Ronnie O'Sullivan or Mark Williams in the last eight.

First session

Stephen Hendry blew a golden chance to open up an overnight lead over Mark Selby at the World Championship after their opening session finished 4-4.

What could prove to be a turning point of the last-16 match came in frame seven with former world champion Hendry among the balls and seemingly poised to move 5-2 ahead.

The Scotsman broke down on 51 because of a kick leaving Selby needing two snookers to tie. There seemed little hope for Selby, but Hendry hit a black escaping from one snooker before a later attempt hit the jaw of a middle pocket.

Both men had chances on the colours, but Selby finally potted the blue, pink and black to steal the frame as Hendry looked on with a wry smile.

A break of 87 saw Selby level matters moments later. The man from Leicester, who lost to John Higgins in the 2007 final, will be content after struggling to find his consistency for much of the afternoon.

He snatched a tight opener before Hendry responded with a 96. The next two frames were shared as Selby contributed 71 only for the seven-times Crucible winner to roll in a delightful 121.

A run of 68 was key in helping Hendry on his way to a 4-2 lead before the fateful seventh frame, which may yet prove a pivotal moment.

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