Monday, 25 April 2011

End of the career for Stephen Hendry?

The seven-time World Champion, Stephen Hendry may announce retirement today after finishing his match against Mark Selby.

The King of Crucible won a decider against Joe Perry in the first round, and now 4-12 down on Mark Selby after second session. Selby only needs one more frame to defeat Hendry today. Recntly Hendry made a comment on his performance, he said he was not satisified with his performance, and he was going to make an important decision at the end of this season. Does the decision mean his retirement?

Last  ranking tournament victory for Hendry was 2006 Malta Cup, since then he has not won any tournament. His ranking also slipped drastically, he also faces a risk of dropping out of top 16 for the first time if he loses the match against Selby or Bingham wins the match against Ding today. If Hendry really drop out of top 16, he needs to play qualifying rounds to qualify for a tournament. Will the man who has won everything willing to do so?

Hendry knocked his 10th maximum break in Welsh Open this year, levelled the record of Ronnie O'Sullivan who made his 10th 147 in 2010 World Open. It proves that Hendry can archieve records but fans doubt if he is capable to win a title now. He struggules to find his form in the matches, that's why he makes early exits in the tournaments.

Selby will feel guilty if Hendry announce retirement today, but he is very likely to win the match. For the man who has won everything, including seven world titles and 36 ranking titles, holds the most maximum breaks record along with O'Sullivan, it will be  definitely a loss to the game if he retires.

Best wishes to Stephen today, it maybe his last appearance in the Crucible. Enjoy the match Stephen, you are still one of the best snooker players in the history. We all love you Stephen!


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