Stephen Hendry was handily beaten 6-1 by Xu Si in the second round of World Snooker Championship qualifying at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
The seven-time world champion battled to the opening frame of the match but that was as good as it got for the Scot who went on to lose the next six to the 23-year-old.
Xu was impressive, after a shaky start in the opening frame, pinching the second and going on to make five half-centuries (75, 79, 51, 66 and 72) as he strolled to victory.
The world number 82 has had an extremely quiet season, but he has kept his World Championship dream alive and will go on to face Zhou Yuelong on the next step towards the Crucible.
Hendry will be back next season as he continues his comeback in professional snooker and will write off this defeat after admitting before the event started that he had little chance of making the Crucible this time round.
‘I’ve never got any enjoyment out of losing, ever,’ said Hendry. ‘As I said the other night I never expected to get through four matches here, not in the slightest, but I hoped that after coming through that match with Jimmy, which was very scrappy, I’d relax into a bit of form here.
‘The second frame I think I was on 49 and lost position, in the old days that frame would have been over and I’d have been 2-0 ahead and off to go, but I stuttered.
‘From then on it was just downhill really.
‘He can play, but everyone can play if you don’t put them under any pressure. If you make it easy for anyone, it doesn’t matter where they’re ranked, they’re going to pot balls and they’re going to beat you.’
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