Hendry whitewashes in-form Stevens

28 March 2011 - 05:00 PM



Stephen Hendry is in a confident mood at the China Open after trouncing in-form Matthew Stevens 5-0 to progress to the last-16.

The seven-time world champion dominated from the off and won with surprising ease with breaks of 100, 93, 75 and 65, only conceding nine points in the process.

The manner of the victory was even more surprising given the fact that Stevens went into the tournament having won the Championship League event only last week, and Hendry is now confident he can go all the way.

"I was playing the man in form and Matthew is soon going to be well inside the top 16," said Hendry.

"He reached the semi-final in Ireland (in the Players Tour Championship Grand Final) and won the Championship League so I couldn't have had a tougher draw.

"I didn't expect to win 5-0 but if I play the way I can then I know I have a chance against anyone.

"I'm inconsistent but if I can keep that up then I've got a chance of winning this."

Elsewhere, world champion Neil Robertson made short work of Barry Hawkins to win 5-1 and China's Li Hang beat Ken Doherty 5-1, while Joe Perry, Kurt Maflin and Marcus Campbell all came through their wildcard matches.

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