Stephen Hendry aims to secure his place in the main draw for the 2021 English Open by overcoming Michael White in the qualifying round on Wednesday.
Seven-time World Champion Hendry takes on former ranking event winner White at the Barnsley Metrodome for the right to reach the season’s fourth ranking event.
The main event takes place from November 1-7 and will feature 64 players at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
Hendry made a shock return to the professional circuit last year, coming out of retirement after an eight-year absence.
The 52-year-old made just two tournament appearances last season, losing 4-1 to Matthew Selt in Round One of the Gibraltar Open before defeating rival Jimmy White 6-3 in the World Championship qualifiers.
His quest for an immediate Crucible return was eventually ended by China’s Xu Si – who ran out a 6-1 winner in the Second Qualifying Round.
Hendry’s first appearance of the 2021/22 campaign saw him defeat Chris Wakelin in the opening round of the British Open before bowing out to eventual runner-up Gary Wilson in a match which the Tynesider described as “an embarrassment”.
Hendry’s comeback has not panned out the way he would have hoped so far, but he will be keen to gather some momentum by defeating a player whose own confidence has been dented in recent times.
After turning professional aged just 15, White dropped off the tour in 2020 and narrowly missed out on the Q School Order of Merit by only a few points this summer, but is among the regular top-ups for ranking events.
The 30-year-old reached the Quarter-Finals on his World Championship debut in 2013 and went on to lift the Indian Open and Paul Hunter Classic titles in 2015 and 2017 respectively.
Like Hendry, the Welshman’s season is yet to catch fire, with First Round defeats in the Championship League and British Open, making this a crucial match for both players.
The match gets under way from 4pm BST and will be contested over the best of seven frames.
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