KEIGHLEY snooker star Rebecca Kenna saw her hopes of reaching the World Championship ended by Brandon Sargeant in the first qualifying round last night.

One of only two women to be granted a place in qualifying, 32-year-old Kenna gave Sargeant a scare before suffering a narrow 6-4 loss in Sheffield.

Women's world number four Kenna took the first frame after she kept her cool to pot the black in a nervy opener.

When Sargeant hit back to level in the next frame, it was a sign of things to come in a tense, back and forth match.

The pair continued to trade blows with Kenna, who saw Reanne Evans exit the competition on Monday, holding the highest score of 68 until eventually a half-century break occurred.

It went to Sargeant and he fell 12 short of a century break but was able to ensure it was all square after six frames.

Kenna edged 4-3 ahead, but Sargeant hit back to reel off three frames in a row and set up a tie with Andrew Higginson.

Earlier, former world champion Ken Doherty saw his Crucible dream end after he let slip a 4-1 lead to lose 6-4 to Lee Walker.