White edges through to retain elite status

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Jimmy White scraped a 10-9 victory over the unfancied Euan Henderson to reach the second round of the Embassy World Championships in Sheffield last night. The victory clinched White's place in the top 16 for another season and earned him a match against Peter Ebdon.

The 33-year-old "Whirlwind", who has been runner-up at the Crucible six times, said: "My game has been a nightmare and I am just delighted to have got through this match. Hopefully now I can enjoy the rest of the tournament."

White led 9-6, but Henderson pulled back with breaks of 66, 50 and 58 to set up a tense decider, and the Scot had a couple of half-chances to complete a 10-9 victory. However, he missed a green early on and broke down again on the yellow with the score at 25-13. White then laid a magnificent snooker behind the blue to open the way for a winning clearance of 56.

Ronnie O'Sullivan produced a crowd-pleasing display, without the aid of any left-handed shots. He was on his best behaviour for the opening session of his second-round match against Tony Drago after being criticised for being "disrespectful" by Alain Robidoux in the previous round. He holds a 6-2 advantage going into this morning's session.