Stephen Hendry retires at World Championship
Stephen Hendry has announced that he will be retiring from tournament snooker. The news follows his dramatic loss against Stephen Maguire during the quarter finals of the World Snooker Championship.
The 2012 World Championship game saw Hendry lose by a shocking 13-2. Maguire managed to achieve a whopping 7-1 during the morning session and while Hendry attempted to save face during the 13th frame, Maguire drew the game to a close with an entire session to spare.
On Fire Maguire lived up to his name with breaks of 67, 72 and 68 along with a 125 during the opening half-session. However, Hendry was unable to achieve higher than a 39 throughout. The expert performance by Maguire, who was runner up in the 2012 China Open, has secured him a place in the semi finals.
The World Snooker Championship game has had a completely different outcome for Hendry, who announced his retirement in the post-match press conference. The snooker player suggested that he has not been enjoying tournaments, saying: “The fact that I’m not playing the snooker I want to play didn’t help. The fact I’m not enjoying practice doesn’t help.” He also stated that he now wants to concentrate on other projects: “I want to do other things. I’ve got a lot of commitments now in China, which I’ve signed up for, and I can’t do that and play snooker because I would never be at home.”
Stephen Hendry: a true snooker champion
Stephen Hendry’s retirement comes after a long and successful snooker tournament career. The player has appeared in World Snooker Championships for 27 consecutive years, managing to win the title seven times. Over the years, Hendry has amassed a number of world records, including:
Youngest snooker World Champion – Hendry won the World Snooker Championship at the age of 21, beating Jimmy White in the final with a score of 18-12.
Seven World Championship wins – Hendry placed first in the ranking tournament seven times since his first victory in 1990.
The most world ranking titles – Stephen Hendry tops the chart for the highest number of world ranking titles with a total of 36.
Highest number of competitive century breaks – the player achieved 775 centuries throughout his career and also holds the title with Ronnie O’Sullivan for the most competitive maximum breaks.
In other World Snooker Championship news, Matthew Stevens managed to win his quarterfinal match against Ryan Day, securing him a position in the semi final. Meanwhile, the opening session between Neil Robertson and Ronnie O’Sullivan saw the Australian snooker player take the lead with a score of 5-3. Meanwhile, Allister Carter is also currently ahead in his quarterfinal match against Jamie Jones.
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