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‘There was a lot of tension’ – Stephen Hendry gives honest assessment after beating Jimmy White

“I don’t think I will have frightened anyone with that performance.”

Stephen Hendry does not think he will have “frightened anyone” after he beat old foe Jimmy White in the first round of qualifying for this year’s World Championship.

Hendry, who recently came out of retirement after nine years away from the tour, beat White 6-3 in Sheffield to keep alive his hopes of reaching the Crucible.

Hendry must come through another three rounds of qualifying to reach the World Championship, which begins on April 17, but admitted that he was not happy about how he played against White.

“I don’t think I will have frightened anyone with that performance,” the seven-time world champion told World Snooker TV

“I’m not happy about the way we both played. There was a lot of tension.

“I was trying to relax and enjoy the occasion. The result probably meant more to Jimmy than it did to me.”

Stephen Hendry

Stephen Hendry.

In a match that paled in comparison to some of their titanic tussles down the years, Hendry raced into a commanding 5-1 lead after White had missed a red in the sixth frame.

And while the Englishman managed to claim the next two frames, Hendry closed out the win with a break of 52 to progress.

“Every match is a bonus and helps me get used to being out there,” added Hendry, who beat White in four World Championship finals between 1990 and 1994. 

“Next season will be a different matter because I will have more competitive snooker under my belt.

“I think I told every single person, I don’t think it’s going to be pretty, but it will be interesting to watch.”

Defeat means White may be forced to return to Q School in order to keep his tour card.

“To come into the match and play like that is really frustrating and demoralising,” admitted the 58-year-old. 

“I can’t really think about what I’m going to do at the moment.

“I’m just going to wait and see how the results go in the next few days, and then make a decision.”

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