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Stephen Hendry: ‘I made it too simple for my opponent’ – SnookerHQ

The seven-time world champion received’t be returning to the Crucible Theatre this 12 months.

The 2021 World Snooker Championship is over for Stephen Hendry after a one-sided 6-1 defeat to Xu Si in Sheffield on Wednesday.

The Scot received a scrappy opening fixture towards previous foe Jimmy White within the first spherical however wasn’t capable of construct on that momentum with an improved efficiency on the English Institute of Sport.

Hendry received the opening body and had a superb alternative to take the second as nicely, however after Xu pinched it on the black it was one-way site visitors.

“I had two or three probabilities to go 2-0 up and from then on I didn’t actually supply any resistance to my opponent,” Stephen Hendry mentioned in his post-match press convention with the World Snooker Tour.

“He mainly capitalised on all my errors and it doesn’t matter how low a participant is ranked, for those who make it simple for them they’re nonetheless going to pot balls and win the frames.”

“I wasn’t capable of put him below any strain in any respect. (Within the second body) I obtained in and made 49, performed a horrible positional shot, and within the previous days that may have been 2-0.

“He gained in confidence as a result of I made it very simple for him – a few of my security play was okay, but when I ever thought that I’d be saying my security play was the very best a part of my recreation that’s a nightmare actually.

“I simply made it too simple for my opponent tonight, he’s a superb strong participant, he’s obtained expertise, and he has a pleasant cue motion. It stays to be seen how far he goes this week, however I want him luck.

“I’ll actually play in additional occasions subsequent 12 months, but when I’m nonetheless not capable of convey my apply cue motion right into a match scenario then there’s no level actually.

“The entire level is to see if I can play my pure recreation on the market – to date I haven’t managed to do it – we’ll give it a go subsequent 12 months and see what occurs.”

Elsewhere on day three on the qualifiers, former World Championship runner-up Nigel Bond reached the penultimate spherical with a 6-4 victory towards Lee Walker.

The 55 year-old was a crushed finalist towards Hendry 26 years in the past, and following the triumph Bond now seems sure to complete the marketing campaign ranked among the many prime 64, thus guaranteeing tour security.

Dominic Dale and Liam Highfield had been the opposite two opponents to advance to the third spherical with respective victories over Oliver Traces and Fan Zhengyi.

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