Snooker: Hendry is confronted by Doherty in last eight

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Stephen Hendry cruised into the quarter-finals of the Embassy World Championship at the Crucible Theatre last night.

The seven-time winner totally outplayed Welshman Anthony Davies, winning seven frames to secure a 13-3 win. Hendry will now face Dubliner Ken Doherty in the last eight ­ the man who beat him in the 1997 final.

Davies won the opening frame of the evening but Hendry restored the four-frame advantage he held going into the session with a well-constructed 51 break and then never looked back.

The 33-year-old is now looking forward to a day off but said: "I haven't been pushed yet but there's no way it's going to be a result like that in the quarter-finals. This is where the tough stuff really starts."

Anthony Hamilton takes a 9-7 advantage over Mark Williams into today's final session. Hamilton, thanks to a break of 61, stretched his lead to 8-4 at the mid-session interval. But the No 2 seed came out fighting after the break and immediately cut Hamilton's lead to three.

Williams also won the next before Hamilton hit back in the 15th frame. The last frame of the session was a tense affair but Williams edged it to boost his hopes for today.

Meanwhile, John Higgins produced a devastating performance to lead fellow Scot Graeme Dott 8-0 in their second round clash.

After inflicting a 10-1 defeat on James Wattana in his first round match, Higgins carried on where he left off and scored three century breaks to move within five frames of a quarter-final place.

Dott has been through an emotional week after being told that May Lambie, wife of manager Alex and mother of his girlfriend, had tragically died of cancer during his first round match with Robin Hull.

In the other match, Stephen Lee opened up a 7-1 lead over Quinten Hann. The Australian trailed 2-1 after a 53 break, but Lee took control after the mid-session interval. The world No 8 registered breaks of 64, 46, 136, 39 and 73 to give himself a great chance of reaching the last eight.

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