Stephen Hendry admits he would be “honoured” to have Ronnie O’Sullivan equal him in seven World Championship wins at this year’s tournament.
The Rocket’ reached their 13th Crucible semifinals with a 13-5 win over Stephen Maguire.
And the 46-year-old, who reeled off breaks of 71 and 126 in the first two frames of the morning session to smash the record he shared with Hendry for making the last four, shared warm words with his fellow Legends afterwards.
“Stephen is a legend of all time for me, the greatest player,” O’Sullivan told the BBC. “He was snooker’s Tiger Woods. Me, John (Higgins) and Mark (Williams) all did well but when he flew he was a superstar.
“When there are three of us, we’re not superstars. But when there’s a man who dominates the sport, like he did, like Tiger Woods, that’s another level.”
But although O’Sullivan, who is the favorite to win this year, is close to leveling his totals, Hendry admits he would love to see him win.
Hendry said: “It would be an honor to be here with him on Seven because he has taken it to a new level.
“Just make sure you don’t win an eighth.”
O’Sullivan had developed a comfortable lead against Scottish qualifier Maguire on Tuesday despite never being at his best on Tuesday but looked at his best in the resumption after his opponent’s missed Black sealed his fate.
It was another commanding win for O’Sullivan, who started the tournament by losing the first three frames of his first-round match to David Gilbert before charging back to beat former semi-finalist and Mark Allen in round two to blow away.
O’Sullivan, who will face Higgins or Jack Lisowski in the last four, described his performance as “expert” but said he was looking forward to returning to the Crucible’s one-table setup on Thursday.
“It’s more technical than fluid, but I had to learn how to steady the ship and I think that’s the key to consistency – being able to minimize the bad spells,” O’Sullivan said.
“I’m looking forward to it. When it comes to the one-table setup, you can relax a little more and I’m still looking forward to getting into the tournament and getting there.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/snooker/tiger-of-snooker-stephen-hendry-would-be-honoured-if-ronnie-osullivan-matches-his-seven-world-championships-41593185.html “Tigers of Snooker” Stephen Hendry would be “honored” if Ronnie O’Sullivan achieved his seven world championships