Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry beat outdated rival Jimmy White within the first spherical of qualifying for this 12 months’s World Championship.
Scot Hendry, enjoying simply his second match since popping out of retirement, got here by 6-3 in Sheffield.
The 52-year-old should win one other three rounds in qualifying to succeed in the World Championship, which begins on 17 April.
“I do not suppose I’ll have frightened anybody with that efficiency,” Hendry stated.
Defeat for Englishman White, 58, means he’s prone to lose his place on the tour subsequent season.
“I am not completely satisfied about the best way we each performed. There was numerous rigidity,” Hendry advised World Snooker TV.
“I used to be making an attempt to chill out and benefit from the event. The consequence in all probability meant extra to Jimmy than it did to me.”
Hendry and White have one of the crucial well-known rivalries within the sport – Hendry gained their 4 world finals on the Crucible between 1990 and 1994 – and had been practising collectively earlier than the draw was made.
The usual was far under their earlier 60 matches however Hendry, who retired after his final look on the Crucible in 2012, got here by an edgy encounter riddled with errors by each gamers.
He confirmed his acquainted combating qualities within the third body, which he clinched regardless of needing a snooker with solely pink and black remaining.
He punished White once more within the sixth when, after White missed a pink when main 62-0, Hendry cleared the desk for a 5-1 lead.
Each gamers struggled in subsequent frames as White reduce the deficit however Hendry closed out the win with a break of 52 shortly earlier than midnight.
“Each match is a bonus and helps me get used to being on the market,” Hendry stated.
“Subsequent season shall be a special matter as a result of I’ll have extra aggressive snooker beneath my belt.”
Hendry, who misplaced to Matthew Selt in his solely earlier match since his comeback, will face China’s Xu Si subsequent.
White could now should return to Q College to maintain his place on the tour, or depend on a wild card.
“To return into the match and play like that’s actually irritating and demoralising,” White stated.
“I can not actually take into consideration what I’ll do in the mean time.
“I am simply going to attend and see how the outcomes go within the subsequent few days, after which decide.”
Earlier, Andy Hicks reached the second qualifying spherical by beating 12-time ladies’s world champion Reanne Evans 6-2.