1991 – HENDRY PULLS OFF GREATEST COMEBACK
Stephen Hendry won the Wembley Masters at his first attempt in 1989 and again in 1990. In 1991, a hat-trick looked distinctly unlikely when he lost all seven frames of the first session to Mike Hallett.
It appeared as if Hallett, drubbed 9-0 in the 1988 final by Steve Davis, would land the biggest prize of his career.
All sorts of doubts creep into a player’s mind in such a scenario, the worst of them being the knowledge that they could never forgive themselves if they were to lose from such a long way ahead.
It was made worse by the fact there were three hours between sessions. Hallett, of course, at 7-0 would rather have just got on with it.
Hendry won two of the first three frames but, trailing 8-2, was still set for a heavy defeat.
This seemed a certainty when Hallett was clearing up to win the 11th frame but he got a slight kick on the blue which left match ball pink a little more awkward than he would have liked.
He missed it, Hendry won the frame and they headed for the interval with the scores standing at 8-3.
What a horrible 15 minutes that must have been for Hallett. Meanwhile, Hendry sensed blood and went on to complete the greatest comeback ever seen in a major final.
Hallett went on to win titles after this but the defeat irrevocably knocked his confidence and he dropped out of the top 16 a year later.