It’s the former world champion’s second victory of the 2021/22 season.
Stephen Hendry secured a 4-1 triumph against Michael White to reach the last 64 of the English Open on Wednesday in Barnsley.
In the preliminary-round encounter, Hendry compiled a high break of 60 as he negotiated the challenge of the two-time former ranking event winner.
White, now competing as an amateur and participating in the competition as a top-up player, constructed a 95 break in the third frame, but Hendry took advantage of the scrappier exchanges to advance to the venues stages of this year’s English Open in November.
There was less fortune for Hendry’s fellow veterans Jimmy White and Ken Doherty, however, who both went down by the same 4-1 scoreline.
White won his first frame against Zhao Xintong but lost the next four as the Chinese youngster reeled off a succession of high-scoring visits.
Doherty lost in similar fashion to Thailand’s Sunny Akani, who tallied breaks of 62 and 66 in a relatively one-sided affair.
Elsewhere, there was success for Doherty’s fellow Dubliner Fergal O’Brien, with the 49 year-old whitewashing Ukrainian teenager Iulian Boiko.
Jamie Wilson also earned a 4-0 victory as he thumped Robert Milkins, while Nigel Bond and Fraser Patrick overcame the challenges of Chen Zifan and Simon Lichtenberg respectively.
It brought an end to the English Open qualifying round, with the members of the top 16 joining the action in the same round when the tournament proper gets going at the Marshall Arena.
Meanwhile, there’s a day off at the Metrodome on Thursday before the action resumes on Friday when the preliminary round for the Scottish Open gets under day.
Live coverage will continue on the Eurosport Player and Matchroom.Live.
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