Snooker: Hann suffers heaviest defeat of season

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QUINTEN HANN made a limp exit from the British Open in Plymouth yesterday. The Australian, who has recently signed a modelling contract, suffered a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of Drew Henry in the first round of the world ranking event.

Hann's heaviest defeat of the season followed the loss of an opening frame he looked certain to win. Henry, trailing 64-50 with only two colours remaining, required a snooker but Hann completely missed the pink when trying to play a safety shot. The Scot eventually doubled the pink and sank a straightforward black to strike a blow from which Hann found it impossible to respond.

Hann, who later this month will become the first Australian to compete at the World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, since Eddie Charlton six years ago, became increasingly frustrated and twice wildly thumped the cue ball into the pack of reds.

A break of 52 gave Henry frame two then he won the third with a run of 92, stole the fourth on the pink and completed the rout by making a 65 break in the fifth.