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Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White Lose in British Open

The pair couldn’t get going in their respective second-round clashes.

Stephen Hendry and Jimmy White will not feature in round three of the British Open after suffering simultaneous one-sided losses in the last 64 on Thursday in Leicester.

The two great rivals were playing on adjacent tables in scenes reminiscent of decades past, but unfortunately neither could replicate their standards of old.

Hendry was in particularly bad form as he went down 3-0 in a drab affair against Gary Wilson, the latter taking advantage of a poor performance from his esteemed opponent.

White, meanwhile, was left to rue a missed chance in the second frame against Allan Taylor when he was just 1-0 down and on a break of 50.

The Whirlwind broke down and lost the frame on the colours, before Taylor saw out the match in the next frame to complete another whitewash scoreline.

White was bidding for a third British Open title after previous successes in 1987 and 1992, while Hendry was chasing what would have been a record-breaking fifth crown.

Elsewhere on the fourth day of action at the Morningside Arena, maximum man John Higgins came from behind to deny Cao Yupeng in a decider.

Last week’s Championship League winner David Gilbert continued his run of good form with a 3-1 victory against John Astley while former top 16 member Luca Brecel beat Zhao Jianbo.

Other former ranking event champions Ricky Walden, Matthew Selt, and Jimmy Robertson were among the others to make it through to the last 32, while the performance of the day so far is arguably from Elliot Slessor, who compiled breaks of 129, 72, and 64 in overcoming China’s Wu Yize.

Later today, the second round will conclude with world number one Judd Trump facing Stuart Bingham and world champion Mark Selby encountering Ali Carter.

The random draw for the third round will also be made as the tournament gathers momentum and heads towards the business end of proceedings.

Live coverage continues on ITV4 in Ireland and the UK.

Click here to view the full draw (Times: CET)

Featured photo credit: WST

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