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Snooker: Williams on course.

KEN DOHERTY will have to manufacture a comeback that would surpass even his semi-final success over Paul Hunter if he is to deny Mark Williams a second Embassy World Championship crown at The Crucible Theatre.

Williams will go into the second day of the best-of-35-frame final holding a formidable-looking 11-5 advantage over the 1997 champion.

Doherty described his revival from 15- 9 down to defeat Hunter 17-16 as ``thegreatest recovery of my career'' but it is difficult to imagine him repeating that against Williams, who is now back at number one in the world rankings.

Williams has been the best player on show during the past fortnight and,as in his semi-final success over Stephen Lee,he made sure of quickly imprinting his authority on proceedings by winning the first session 7-1.

Doherty may be made of sterner stuff and he showed that mettle again when,after trailing 10-2 at the mid session interval,he managed to win three of the remaining four frames.

But Williams needs to win just seven of the remaining 19 frames to collect the pounds 270,000 first prize.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 5, 2003
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