Taking part in solely the third match of his comeback after 9 years away from the circuit, seven-time winner Stephen Hendry had been below no illusions about his slim possibilities of preventing by the 4 rounds required to return to the game’s greatest stage
Final Up to date: 08/04/21 7:43am
Stephen Hendry’s hopes of returning to the Crucible have been dashed by China’s Xu Si within the World Championship second qualifying spherical in Sheffield.
Regardless of being ranked just one place larger than Jimmy White, whom Hendry brushed apart on Monday night time, Xu proved a wholly completely different proposition with 5 consecutive half-centuries easing his approach to a 6-1 win.
Hendry, 52, admitted frustration over his lack of ability to take his probabilities – not least after successful a promising opening body and constructing a 53-point benefit early within the second.
Hendry mentioned: “I did not contribute something to the match actually. I hit the ball dreadfully tonight and that actually drains away your confidence.
“I did not count on to get by 4 matches however I hoped after coming by that match in opposition to Jimmy that I’d calm down into just a little little bit of type right here.
“Within the second body I used to be on a break of 49 and I misplaced place and within the outdated days that body would have been over. However then I stuttered and it was all actually downhill from there.”
Xu, the world No 82, who like White was confronted with the opportunity of dropping off the tour if he fell to defeat, appeared the extra nervous in a gap body edged by Hendry after a superb lengthy brown.
However the Scot’s frequent errors enabled the 23-year-old – born in 1998, three months earlier than the then six-time champion Hendry crashed out to White within the Crucible first spherical – to visibly acquire in confidence.
A cool clearance of 35 punished Hendry’s error and pulled the match stage, and subsequent breaks of 75, 79, 51 and 66 all however put the sport past Hendry’s attain.
Another probability was all Xu required to wrap up the match with a break of 72 and depart Hendry to contemplate the wholesale enhancements he requires if he’s to understand his ambition of returning to the Crucible.
“The pink I missed on the finish was precisely the identical pink I missed in opposition to Jimmy, and as quickly as I noticed it I believed, oh my God, I’ll do the identical once more,” added Hendry.
“Once you’ve obtained no confidence in your cue motion, that is what occurs to you – each shot appears to be a check moderately than simply enjoyable and getting on with it.
“There’s nonetheless not quite a lot of composure, and it is a unhappy state of affairs however my security might be the perfect a part of my recreation in the intervening time.”
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