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Thursday 17 April 2014

Stephen Hendry quits snooker after quarter-final defeat

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Stephen Hendry of Scotland reacts in his quarter final match against Stephen Maguire of Scotland during the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship at Crucible Theatre on May 1, 2012 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Stephen Hendry last night announced his retirement after losing in the quarter-finals of the World Championship in Sheffield.

The 43-year-old, who won seven world titles at this venue, bowed out of the sport after a 13-2 defeat to his fellow Scot Stephen Maguire.



Hendry said: "I am officially retired now from tournament snooker. I made the decision about three months ago. I didn't tell many people. I only told two or three people, but this is me finished from tournament snooker.



"It was quite an easy decision. There's a few reasons. The schedule didn't help. 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.



"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."



Hendry added: "The time is right for me. If I'd have won the title it would have been an even better way to go out. I'm delighted I made a maximum here, that's why I was more animated than normal when making it. I was delighted to do it on my last appearance here."



Hendry beat Stuart Bingham in the first round at the World Championship this year, firing a maximum break in the process, and then knocked out the reigning champion John Higgins in round two.



Retirement, though, was always at the back of his mind, with Hendry knowing whoever beat him would be the last man to do so.



Hendry added: "I haven't got a lot of things to regret in my career. Obviously, it's sad that your last match is a 13-2 drubbing but that was just the way it went. At least it wasn't 13-0. I haven't been able to play the way I've wanted to play for the last 10 years, and it's just ground me down and down and down.



"I keep getting beaten in first rounds and second rounds by people I still know are not as good as me. After a while it becomes too much."

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