Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hendry Trails in the Rocket's Slipstream

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hendry Trails in the Rocket's Slipstream

Article excerpt

Ronnie O'Sullivan seized the initiative in the opening session of his Embassy World Championship semi-final with Stephen Hendry.

The Rocket raced into a 6-2 lead in the best-of-33-frame encounter.

O'Sullivan will leapfrog deposed title holder Mark Williams into top slot in the 2004-2005 snooker rankings by merely reaching the final on Sunday, where he would face either Graeme Dott or Matthew Stevens.

But the main priority for the 28-year-old from Chigwell will be to capture his second world crown and bury the Crucible Theatre hoodoo that Hendry holds over him.

And he is well on the way to achieving the latter objective.

O'Sullivan held a 3-1 lead at the interval then went into overdrive when the players returned to the arena.

A 127 clearance to the pink gave him his 11th century of the championships and the 49th in total of the tournament.

It was a similar story in the next as O'Sullivan raced to a break of 67 before a vicious kick saw him miss the frame-clinching black but Hendry conceded after his opponent potted one more red. …

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