Stephen Hendry won his first qualifier for the Betfred World Snooker Championship.

Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry admits he still has lots of room for improvement after beating long-term rival Jimmy White (Stephen Hendry 11/1 – 2021 Betfred World Championship To Qualify).

Hendry came out of retirement last month but he fell to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Matthew Selt in the first round of the Gibraltar Open.

The 52-year-old was back in action on Monday, making just his second appearance since returning to the tables, when squaring off against old foe White in the first round of qualifying for the Betfred World Championship.

Hendry and White had met 60 times prior to Monday’s clash and had been practising together before the draw was made.

It was far from a vintage performance as Hendry sealed a 6-3 victory in Sheffield but the Scot still needs to win another three qualifying ties to reach the World Championship, which gets underway on April 17.

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

“Every match is a bonus and helps me get used to being out there. Next season will be a different matter because I will have more competitive snooker under my belt.”

The Golden Boy will take on world number 82 Xu Si in the next round on Wednesday with the winner set to face Zhou Yuelong (Xu Si 8/11, Stephen Hendry 11/10 – Match Betting).

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