Seven-time champion Stephen Hendry survived a test of nerves to book his place at the forthcoming World Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield.
Hendry, 43, succeeded where six-time champion Steve Davis and six-time runner-up Jimmy White both failed this week by coming through the qualifying tournament, beating Chinese player Yu Delu 10-6.
He had breaks of 73, 69, 76 and 88 in converting an overnight 6-3 lead into a 10-6 victory. This followed breaks on Saturday of 129 and 107
Hendry, who last had to qualify in 1988 and has been ever-present at the Crucible since 1986, has fallen to 23rd in the world rankings.