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Hendry beats White again

Stephen Hendry inflicted another painful defeat on his former foe Jimmy White with a 6-3 win in qualifying for the world snooker championship. Hendry, 52, who made an eagerly anticipated return to the professional tour last month after nearly nine years away, had a famous rivalry with White in the early 1990s. The pair contested four worlds finals in the space of five years in Sheffield and Hendry prevailed on each occasion on his way to becoming a seven-time winner. England’s White, 58, has never been able to get his hands on snooker’s top prize, despite featuring in six finals. The “Whirlwind” last reached the main draw in 2006. Hendry’s one-sided triumph in Monday’s first qualifying round came after a gruelling affair in which the only bright spot was a 66 clearance by the Scot in the sixth frame. Hendry, who faces China’s Xu Si in the second qualifying round, needs to win three more matches at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield to seal an unlikely return to the nearby Crucible. The worlds start on April 17.


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