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Snooker legend Stephen Hendry wins first main-draw match since comeback at British Open

Snooker legend Stephen Hendry wins first main-draw match since comeback at British Open with scrappy show… and previous good friend Mark Williams jokes ‘it ain’t the worst match I’ve ever seen but it surely’s within the prime two!’

  • Stephen Hendry edged out Chris Wakelin 3-2 within the first spherical of British Open 
  • Snooker legend has been working onerous on comeback and is ranked No 91 
  • The 52-year-old returned to motion final year having given up again in 2012
  • It was not a top quality encounter and Hendry’s highest break was solely 47

Stephen Hendry has gained his first match at a serious event since the seven-time snooker world champion got here out of retirement. 

The legendary determine, 52, got here again final year having walked away from the sport again in 20212. 

His return has been underwhelming and solely managed to enter a handful of tournaments as a result of a two-year wildcard however confirmed indicators of enchancment on Tuesday in beating Chris Wakelin. 

Stephen Hendry gained his first main-draw sport since getting back from retirement 

Hendry edged out Wakelin 3-2 within the first spherical of the British Open at Morningside Arena. 

It was his second victory since dusting off the cue to make his comeback, the first coming towards Jimmy White. 

There had been indicators of nerves for each gamers and it was the first time Hendry had performed in entrance of supporters, 600 in complete, since dropping to Stephen Maguire at the World Championship 9 years in the past. 

Hendry’s highest break within the match was simply 47 and his long-time good friend and three-time world champion Mark Williams wrote on Twitter: ‘This ain’t the worst match I’ve ever seen – but it surely’s definitely within the prime two.’

Hendry said he was not capitalising on the chances he managed to create but still won

Hendry mentioned he was not capitalising on the possibilities he managed to create however nonetheless gained

After the match, Hendry mirrored: ‘I’m very happy to win the match, that’s the purpose – to get the ‘W’.

‘There was great things in there, however I’m additionally trying at the stats.

‘A highest break of 47 – I had plenty of probabilities to make greater than that and my scoring has obtained to be higher.

‘I used to be creating openings and never capitalising.

‘Match sharpness is an enormous factor, being on the market within the pit. You must get that feeling again, and that composure.

‘I’m hitting the ball nicely and it’s getting higher and higher day-after-day. That is encouraging. I do know it has to get higher, however I’m delighted to win.’ 

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