Hendry still waiting to enter 400th century

 

The 400th century break of his career continues to elude Stephen Hendry but the world number one is clearly over the disappointment of his recent UK Championship final defeat by Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Hendry could have achieved the landmark twice in the closing two frames of his victory over Jimmy White in the last-16 match of the German Open last night.

But Hendry finished on 92 in the sixth frame and 88 in the seventh which could easily have been the first 147 maximum in an overseas ranking tournament.

Hendry, who won the match 5-2, missed the 12th red when forced to attempt a tough double into a middle pocket and said: "Anyone at the club where I practise will tell you I'm the worst doubler in the world, bar none.

"I had a chance to go for two reds and played the percentage shot when I should perhaps have been a little bolder.

"It would have been a nice way to bring up the 400th century and then perhaps people will forget all about it. However, to win 5-2 having been 2-1 down is a good result for me," said Hendry, whose quarter-final opponent tomorrow will be John Parrott.

Hendry's victory was his 10th in a row and his 24th in total against White. "We both missed a couple of shots early on but I finished with five 50-plus breaks and that's not bad going in a best of nine," said Hendry.

White, who also meets Hendry in the last 32 of next year's Thailand Masters, had arrived in Bingen only a few hours before his game. "My wife asked why I hadn't gone earlier but I'm playing so well in practice and I've got into a good routine that I decided to leave it to come over until today," he said.

"I got a bit frustrated at the end because if you let Stephen play he's such a good player that he will come back and do you."

No one is happier playing abroad than Hendry's next opponent, world number six Parrott, who defeated Stephen Lee 5-3 in his opening match.

Parrott has won seven titles outside Britain, from Dubai to Deauville and Malta to Monaco, and he wants to add a German title to his collection.

Lee, ranked 16th in the world, made it tough for him though, almost forcing a deciding frame after a 54-minute tactical war in the eighth frame.

Parrot won it on the pink having earlier led 3-1 with breaks of 105 and 53, and said: "I don't know why I do so well abroad. Perhaps it's because there's not much else to do and you can't nip out to the bookies for three doubles and a treble at Fontwell."

German Open (in Bingen): Last 16: A Hamilton (Eng) bt J Ferguson (Eng) 5-2 (Frame scores, Hamilton first: 117-6, 70-15, 73-15, 6919, 1-71, 10-72, 61-43); J Parrott (Eng) bt S Lee (Eng) 5-3 (Frame scores, Parrott first: 34-77, 109 (105 break)-101, 86-51, 90-0, 0-76, 52-62, 73-37, 68-51); S Hendry (Sco) bt J White (Eng) 5-2 (Frame scores, Hendry first: 71-43, 47-71, 9-69, 73-1, 59-6, 92-0, 88-0).