It,s fantastic that Hendry has gotten to the 1/4 finals,(his 19th 1/4 final appearence by the way at the Crucible) once again after all these years.
He sure does have a realistic chance of winning yet another World title,in saying that he really has to make the most of every chance he gets.
If he can produce what he produced against Bingham in his 1st session against him and produce what he did in his 1st session against Higgins then he certainly does have a chance.
Higgins gave him more than his fare share of chances,he,ll definatley not get as many chances from Maguire,so he really has to make the most of every chance presented,he has to keep up the good safety he,s shown lately as well,his safety was awful on numerous occasions for a good few seasons but the last couple of matches he,s played he,s really buckled up in that department,it,s still far from great,but he,s definatley improved on it.
Because his safety was so bad,it meant that he was givin his opponents too many chances often givin them an easy pot or a easy long red.
It,s all very well knockin in Big breaks but if you often give your opponent an easy pot,let them in cause you play a rubbish safety,then your,re certainly not makin life easier for yourself,it,s more like your defeatin the purpose.
I don,t want to sound negative already but if he loses against Maguire,then of course i,ll be disapointed but i certainly won,t be gutted.(ok,unless Maguire was to win 13-12.
If he manages to beat Maguire,then the party will continue,every win is a bonus.
Many wrote Hendry off and said that he,d never even get to a 1/4 final again in a professional rankin tournament,well he,s showed them all,his critics and bashers has,nt he,not only that,what a way he started the 2012 World Championships by rattlin in yet another *147*!.
I,m just so happy for him,like millions of others are,that no matter what happens against Maguire and in the future,at least he,s had a good run,that he,s given his fans more moments of joy,that he,s shown us that he can still play snooker to a good,sometimes even very high standard,that he can still knock in centuries and still give most of the playes a scare.
Lets hops he continues to play and that he can still maintain his good level of snooker for many years to come!.
STEPHEN HENDRY MBE