Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry has announced his retirement from snooker after a heavy 13-2 defeat by Stephen Maguire at the Crucible, according to BBC.The 43-year-old, who looked out of sorts against Maguire in a one-sided World Championship quarter-final, said he made the decision three months ago. “There’s a few reasons – the schedule, the fact I’m not playing the snooker I want to play, and the fact I’m not enjoying practice. It was quite an easy decision. I didn’t tell many people [before the tournament], but this is me finished from tournament snooker,” he said according to BBC. Asked whether he would have changed his mind if he had won the tournament, Hendry replied: “No not at all. If I had won, it would have been a better way to go out.Hendry, who was making his 27th consecutive appearance at the World Championship, looked back to his fluent best as he hit his third Crucible maximum – a record he shares with Ronnie O’Sullivan – in his first round victory over Bingham.Chairman of World Snooker Barry Hearn told BBC Radio 5 live: “There’s no question he’s the finest player ever to pick up a snooker cue. He always had the extra gear of focus. He got a maximum recently, showing there’s life in the old dog still. This announcement has come as a little bit of a shock. He will be missed. I don’t think he’s made the right decision to bow out. But he was a phenomenal player and a really nice bloke. When you watch someone like Hendry in action, it’s an art form.”
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