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Ready to quit?

Stephen Hendry has admitted that he might consider retirement at the end of the current season – even if he wins the World Championship.

The seven-time world champ, who has been at every world championship since 1986, struggled to beat Joe Perry in a pulsating first round tie at the crucible, winning 10-9 and admitting that he ‘got out of jail’ in doing so. Hendry led 6-3 at the end of the first session and look set to stroll into the second round, but Perry won three frames in a row to draw level and the rest of the match hit each other with punch and counter-punch, until a failed safety on the brown ball in the final frame saw Hendry finally put the match to bed.

‘If I win I might still contemplate retirement,’ said the Scot afterwards. ‘I've a big decision to make at the end of the season. I'm not even thinking about the rankings because I've been in danger of dropping out of the top 16 all season. I won't play in the PTC events next season so I will get punished in the rankings.

‘I still love it out in the arena and my pipe and slippers are still there! It's the best place to play snooker. I'm looking forward to my next match now - I got out of jail today so I can relax now.’

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