Stephen Hendry’s hopes of Crucible return ended by China’s Xu Si

  • Seven-time world champion loses 6-1 to world No 82
  • Hendry: ‘I didn’t contribute anything to the match’

Stephen Hendry’s improbable quest to return to the Crucible was brought to a juddering halt against the Chinese player Xu Si in their World Championship qualifying match in Sheffield.

Despite being ranked only one place higher than Jimmy White, whom Hendry brushed aside on Monday, Xu proved a different proposition with five consecutive half-centuries easing his way to a 6-1 win.

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