Hendry takes early lead

Hendry takes early lead

Stephen Hendry made a superb start to his quarter-final against Shaun Murphy at the Betfred.com World Championship this morning.

The 40-year-old Scot led 3-1 at the mid-session interval against the 2005 champion.

Murphy, 26, blundered in the fourth frame when he missed a black after putting together a run of 61, and Hendry cleared up in two scoring visits to pull clear.

Hendry had lost the opening frame from 47-0 up, but a break of 117 in the next brought him level at 1-1.

Seeking his eighth Crucible title, and his first since 1999, Hendry showed his appetite for the challenge in the best-of-25-frame match by taking the next two tight frames.

Meanwhile, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s conqueror Mark Allen was tied at 2-2 with Welshman Ryan Day.

The highlight of the opening four frames for 23-year-old Antrim player Allen was the break of 84 which secured the second frame.

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