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  Thursday, 1 February, 2001, 12:47 GMT
Hendry: I must improve
Stephen Hendry
Great Scot: Hendry has won the B&H title six times
Former world champion Stephen Hendry tells BBC Sport Online's Frank Keogh of his desire for more success - starting with the B&H Masters.

A world-record breaking haul of 32 ranking event titles - and he is still not satisfied.

Scottish snooker sensation Stephen Hendry has set new standards for the game, but believes he is falling short of his own targets.

In the 2000-01 season, he has won the Nations Cup for Scotland with team-mates John Higgins and Alan McManus.

But there have been no individual titles so far, despite reaching the semi-finals of the Regal Scottish Masters and China Open, plus the Regal Welsh Open quarter-finals.

And he is not happy.


I still believe I'm good enough to win - it's as simple as that
Stephen Hendry

"In my last four tournaments, I've had two semis, a quarter and a final," said Hendry.

"Although that's quite steady, it's nowhere near what I expect of myself.

"Anything less than winning the tournament is a failure. There's still room for a lot of improvement."

Hendry rates the Benson and Hedges Masters competition, which he has won more times than anyone else with six victories, highly.

"It's always a massive tournament," he said.

"Since I've been professional, it's only second to the world championship in terms of prestige and size.

Stephen Hendry
Hendry with the B&H Masters trophy in 1996

"I've had a lot of good times there."

Hendry was allowed to keep the old trophy when he claimed his fifth successive title in 1993.

And, not surprisingly, he rates his amazing comeback from 0-7 and 2-8 behind to beat Mike Hallett 9-8 in the final two years earlier as his highlight.

"To become the first player to win it five in a row, and they gave me the trophy to keep, means I will always have great memories of it," said Hendry.

"At 7-0 down I wasn't thinking about winning the match. I wanted to win two or three frames, and not get beaten 9-0 to try to make the score respectable.

Practice makes perfect

"The more frames that I managed to pull back, the more I could see him under pressure. That gave me a little bit more hope."

Hendry went out of the Regal Welsh Open in the quarter-finals when he felt he could have won the tournament.

"I'm confident about my game at the moment. I still believe I'm good enough to win - it's as simple as that," he declared.

"The day I think I'm not good enough to win is the day where there will be no enjoyment for me. I still look forward to going to tournaments to compete."

But Hendry does admit he is finding it more difficult to motivate himself for practice sessions, which last up to five hours each day.

"Those sort of things don't have the same appeal as they used to. By the same token, if I stopped putting in the practice, I wouldn't be able to compete," he added.

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