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Hendry to miss first event in 15 years

Hendry to miss first event in 15 years
By Eurosport

26/11/2011 at 07:48

Stephen Hendry was blown away by Thailand's James Wattana in the final qualifying round for the German Masters.

The seven-times world champion lost 5-1 to Wattana to end his hopes of lining up in the event. It is the first time in over 15 years that Hendry will be missing from the final stages of a ranking tournament.

The Scot, who has been forced to enter qualifying after slipping out of the top 16 in the rankings, won the opening frame, but lost the next five in a row as Wattana rattled off a string of high breaks - including a 102 and a 70 - to make it into the tournament's main draw.

Ireland's former world champion Ken Doherty produced an amazing comeback to win a nine-frame thriller against England's Sam Craigie to make it into the tournament, storming back from 4-0 down before winning a nervy decider.

But Jimmy White lost out on a spot in the tournament as he lost a final-frame decider aganist Peter Edbon.

Ricky Walden, Mike Dunn and Marcus Campbell also booked spots in the tournament with victories over Liu Chuang, Mark King and Peter Lines respectively.

German Masters final qualifying round (world rankings in brackets):

Ken Doherty (32) 5 - 4 Sam Craigie (83)

Peter Ebdon (19) 5 - 4 Jimmy White (54)

Adrian Gunnell (61) 5 - 1 Marco Fu (29)

Yu Delu (72) 5 - 3 Jamie Cope (18)

Joe Perry (27) 5 - 3 Robert Milkins (36)

Andrew Higginson (20) 5 - 2 Jamie Jones (45)

Mike Dunn (41) 5 - 3 Mark King (25)

Marcus Campbell (24) 5 - 3 Peter Lines (53)

Liu Song (62) 5 - 4 Fergal O'Brien (28)

James Wattana (58) 5 - 1 Stephen Hendry (21)

Ricky Walden (22) 5 - 1 Liu Chuang (59)

Barry Hawkins (23) 5-4 Andy Hicks (64)

Tom Ford (31) 5-0 Anthony Hamilton (34)

Ryan Day (30) 5-4 Anthony McGill (56)

Mark Davis (17) 5-2 Michael White (65)

Paul S Davison (79) 5-4 Dominic Dale (26)

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