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German Open

Frankfurt Messe, Germany (Dec 3-10, 1995)
Ranking tournament (No.4 of 10)

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Quick Look

Last 16		                   Quarters   Semis    Final     Winner
-------		                   --------   -----    -----     ------


Stephen Hendry  Scotland   (1) --+ Hendry
                                 |---------+
Tony Drago      Malta     (14) --+ 5-3     | Hendry
                                           |---------+
Rod Lawler                (40) --+ Lawler  | 5-3     |
                                 |---------+         |
James Wattana   Thailand   (5) --+ 5-2               | Doherty
                                                     |---------+
Steve James               (26) --+ Bennett           | 6-3     |
                                 |---------+         |         |
Mark Bennett    Wales     (42) --+ 5-3     | Doherty |         |
                                           |---------+         |
Ken Doherty     Ireland    (9) --+ Doherty | 5-2               |---------+
                                 |---------+                   |         |
John Parrott               (4) --+ 5-4                         | HIGGINS |
                                                               |         |
Mark King                 (52) --+ Higgins                     | 9-3     |
                                 |---------+                   |         |
John Higgins    Scotland  (11) --+ 5-3     | Higgins           |---------+
                                           |---------+         |
Nigel Bond                (12) --+ Morgan  | 5-4     |         |
                                 |---------+         |         |
Darren Morgan   Wales      (8) --+ 5-1               | Higgins |
                                                     |---------+
Alan McManus    Scotland   (6) --+ McManus           | 6-5
                                 |---------+         |
Peter Ebdon               (10) --+ 5-4     | McManus |
                                           |---------+
David Roe                 (16) --+ Roe     | 5-3
                                 |---------+
Steve Davis                (2) --+ 5-3

Players are English unless stated.
Ranking in brackets.

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Wild Card Games

Dave Finbow              (47) 5-1 I v Velthoven Belgium (am)
Mark King                (52) 5-0 Dieter Johns  Germany (am)
Chris Small    Scotland  (62) 5-0 T Schweser    Germany (am)
Yasin Merchant India    (107) 5-0 P Wagner      Germany (am)

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First Round

Stephen Hendry SCO  (1) 5-2 Joe Swail         NIR  (19)
Steve Davis         (2) 5-2 Dave Finbow            (47)
Mark King          (52) 5-3 Ronnie O'Sullivan       (3)
John Parrott        (4) 5-2 Martin Clark           (22)
James Wattana  THA  (5) 5-3 Gary Wilkinson         (23)
Alan McManus   SCO  (6) 5-1 Mark J Williams   WAL  (39)
Steve James        (26) 5-3 Jimmy White             (7)
Darren Morgan  WAL  (8) 5-4 Billy Snaddon     SCO  (33)
Ken Doherty    IRE  (9) 5-3 Dean Reynolds          (30)
Peter Ebdon        (10) 5-2 Yasin Merchant    IND (107)
John Higgins   SCO (11) 5-2 Chris Small       SCO  (62)
Nigel Bond         (12) 5-0 Willie Thorne          (25)
Mark Bennett   WAL (42) 5-1 Dave Harold            (13)
Tony Drago     MLT (14) 5-1 Mick Price             (21)
Rod Lawler         (40) 5-0 Terry Griffiths   WAL  (15)
David Roe          (16) 5-3 Neal Foulds            (28)

Tony Drago finished off in style with a 136 break as he beat Mick Price 5-1.

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Second Round

Stephen Hendry SCO  (1) 5-3 Tony Drago     MLT (14)
David Roe          (16) 5-3 Steve Davis         (2)
Ken Doherty    IRE  (9) 5-4 John Parrott        (4)
Rod Lawler         (40) 5-2 James Wattana  THA  (5)
Alan McManus   SCO  (6) 5-4 Peter Ebdon        (10)
Darren Morgan  WAL  (8) 5-1 Nigel Bond         (12)
John Higgins   SCO (11) 5-3 Mark King          (52)

Mark Bennett   WAL (42) 5-3 Steve James        (26)

Eurosport showed two second round matches live: Stephen Hendry beating Tony Drago 5-3 and Ken Doherty beating John Parrott 5-4.

Hendry was 3-1 down in the interval after impressive break-building by both players. Then, Hendry won four frames in a row. Drago had his chances, but seemed very nervous. Drago has never yet beaten Hendry in ten attempts, he was close this time and was very disappointed after the match.

The evening match between Parrott and Doherty was very scrappy and took three and a half hours. Long safety battles followed by missed chances by both players seemed to be the story of every frame. Parrott was ahead four times in the match, but Doherty eventually clinched the deciding frame on the yellow.

There has been several surprises so far in the tournament: Jimmy White and Ronnie O'Sullivan went out in the first round, and James Wattana, Nigel Bond and Steve Davis in the second.

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Quarter-finals

Stephen Hendry, Scotland (1) 5-3 R Lawler (40)

29-63, 85-0 (61), 84-51 (57), 56-48, 122-1 (85), 23-62, 36-77 (77),
66-21


Alan McManus, Scotland (6) 5-3 David Roe (16)

80-14 (69), 53-4, 15-87 (51), 0-74 (55), 81-0 (60), 63-25, 42-81,
69-16


John Higgins, Scotland (11) 5-4 Darren Morgan, Wales (8)

92-0 (82), 4-88 (58), 68-9 (60), 77-0, 57-64, 69-55 (69), 0-111 (103),
0-124 (75), 85-36


Ken Doherty, Ireland (9) 5-2 Mark Bennett, Wales (42)

23-76, 54-58, 69-47, 62-11, 62-9, 109-34, 127-1 (127)

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Semi-finals

Ken Doherty, Ireland (9) 6-3 Stephen Hendry, Scotland (1)

70-62 (70, 62), 37-66, 16-77 (77), 66-58 (62), 51-66, 73-17 (59), 79-0
(79), 60-40, 81-0

Ken Doherty won the last four frames to beat Stephen Hendry, who had only lost one match this season (against John Parrott in the semi-final of the Thailand Classic).

John Higgins, Scotland (11) 6-5 Alan McManus, Scotland (6)

58-15, 62-65, 23-59, 104-22 (50,54), 79-66 (McManus 62), 21-77, 76-38
(62), 1-114, 98-1, 70-71 (Higgins 57), 68-12 (58)

This all Scottish semi-final was very dramatic. John Higgins led 5-4 and had a 70-0 lead in frame ten with only five reds remaining on the table (i.e. a possible break of 67). McManus potted four of the reds with blacks, and then snookered Higgins on the last red. Higgins missed, and McManus cleared the table to win the frame 71-70!

John Higgins kept his calm and took the deciding frame helped by a break of 58.

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Final

John Higgins, Scotland (11) 9-3 Ken Doherty, Ireland (9)

16-106 (105), 112-0 (70), 97-0 (97), 64-50 (50 Doherty), 8-55, 45-80
(80), 66-0, 73-19 (50), 77-42, 90-39 (50), 143-0 (139), 82-52
John Higgins picked up his first title of the season as he swept aside Ken Doherty 9-3 in Frankfurt. The young Scot picked up 40 000 Pounds and added the highest TV break prize (5000 Pounds) for a superb 139 in the eleventh frame of the final.

Credits

Thanks to Jonas Ödman <
d94-jod@nada.kth.se> and Tore Skagestein for tournament information.

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