Stephen Hendry was left waiting for his first win of the 2022/23 season as he lost 4-1 to Zhang Anda in the qualifying round for the Cazoo British Open.
China’s Zhang goes through to the final stages in Milton Keynes next month, running from September 26 to October 2 – for ticket details click here.
Hendry beat Zhang 10-9 in the first round of the World Championship in their only previous meeting back in 2010, but this time the legendary Scot finished second best.
Breaks of 49 and 59 helped give Zhang a 2-0 lead. Hendry pulled one back with runs of 54 and 43 in frame three, but he didn’t score another point as Zhang rolled in breaks of 78 and 75 to book his place in the random draw for the last 64.
It was a good day for Chinese players as Chen Zifan scored a 4-2 success over Women’s World Champion Mink Nutcharut, while Zhao Jianbo top scored with 105 in a 4-3 defeat of Jackson Page. Xu Si saw off Himanshu Jain 4-2 while Li Hang compiled runs of 130 and 107 in a 4-0 win over Liam Highfield.
Steven Hallworth top scored with 130 as he beat Julian LeClercq 4-2. Ben Mertens won 4-1 in a battle between two tour rookies against Ryan Thomerson, while Robbie Williams took a 68-minute decider on the final black to beat Ashley Hugill 4-3.