Snooker: Hendry hits back to stun old rival White

Stephen Hendry again proved to be Jimmy White's nemesis as the Scot won their battle of the veterans at the UK Championship.

Hendry, who beat White in four World Championship finals during the 1990s, trailed 8-7 against crowd favourite White but won back-to-back frames to triumph 9-8.

The 41-year-old five-time UK champion set up a second-round clash with Welshman Mark Williams.

For Londoner White, 48, an increasingly rare chance to make progress in a ranking event was swept away from under him by a player who repeatedly scuppered his hopes of becoming world champion.

The match started yesterday afternoon, with Hendry opening with a break of 104 and White hitting back in the second frame with a run of 115, and the pair resumed level at 4-4 today.

Neither man could sustain the quality play seen in the early stages in the match, although the match remained a high-tension, absorbing affair.

Hendry lost the opening frame of the afternoon despite having a break of 46, but punished an error from White with 77 to make it 5-5.

It remained close, neither man able to open a two-frame cushion, but when White made breaks of 61 and 68 in successive frames it was he who seemed the likely winner.

However the 1992 UK champion, who has slipped to 64th in the world, could not close out the match, and Hendry pinched a scrappy 16th frame to make it 8-8 before finishing off with a clinical break of 73.

Williams had earlier converted a 6-2 overnight lead into a 9-3 victory over Mark Davis.

World number three Ali Carter skidded to a surprise 9-6 defeat against England's Mark Joyce.

Joyce, a former English Amateur champion, beat Steve Davis in the final round of qualifying last week and followed up that result with an even more impressive scalp, making a break of 103 this afternoon as he saw off an under-par Carter.

Hong Kong's Marco Fu produced a break of 138 in the 14th frame as he came from 7-6 down to beat Englishman Barry Hawkins 9-7. Judd Trump joined the last-16 line-up with a 9-6 win against Jamie Cope in their all-English tussle. Trump will face Joyce for a place in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Ronnie O'Sullivan suffered a stunning 9-6 defeat to qualifier Stuart Bingham in the first round.

The three-time former world champion looked to be fending off Bingham's threat when he moved from the overnight score of 4-4 to a 6-4 lead with breaks of 62 and 77.

However the 35-year-old, a day on from his birthday, then dropped five frames in a row.

Bingham did not even need to score heavily to take the frames, his highest break in the run being a modest 48 to O'Sullivan's paltry 24.

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