Gary Wilson labels British Open win over Stephen Hendry an “embarrassment”

Gary Wilson may have cruised into the third round of the British Open with a 3-0 victory over Stephen Hendry but he was far from happy afterwards, labelling the match an ’embarrassment’.

Both snooker stars were far from their best at Leicester’s Morningside Arena but Wilson managed to capitalise on a sluggish display from Hendry, who is looking to rediscover some form after only just returning to competitive action.

Hendry could not make the most of his chances as Wilson also struggled throughout, and the latter ended up running away with a routine 3-0 win on Thursday.

The draw for the third round will be made later on Thursday as the second round concludes with world No 1 Judd Trump coming up against Stuart Bingham and world champion Mark Selby taking on Ali Carter.



Gary Wilson has opened up on his win over Stephen Hendry
Gary Wilson has opened up on his win over Stephen Hendry

But 36-year-old Wilson knows he needs to improve dramatically if he wants to have any chance further down the line, as he was heavily critical of his own performance in his post-match interview.

“I’m always honest and I’m going to be totally honest, I don’t know what to say about that game,’ Wilson told ITV.

“Stephen’s trying to get back to where he was before, but to be honest, that was an embarrassment.



Hendry made a dramatic comeback to the table earlier this year
Hendry made a dramatic comeback to the table earlier this year

“The whole match was an embarrassment really, Stephen would probably tell you the same if he was being ultra honest.

“Dear me, the balls that were being snatched and missed. It was pretty bad, like.”

Wilson, from Tyneside, then delved deeper into his frustrations, admitting that he was angry with himself that he allowed his display to get the better of him.

“I wasn’t getting punished but I was so unhappy with the way I was hitting the ball, it wasn’t really about Stephen anymore,” he said. “I was just terrible, really, really bad.”

Hendry, meanwhile, while not as angry as Wilson, did admit that he stood no chance from the off on Thursday.

“I left my cue action on the practice table,” he said. “It was not good today.”



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