Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hendry Has Top Eight in His Sight; SNOOKER

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hendry Has Top Eight in His Sight; SNOOKER

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STEPHEN Hendry has targeted a return to the world's top eight and believes he can take his practice table form into snooker's top arenas.

The 40-year-old Scot came through his first-round test at the Grand Prix in Glasgow yesterday, firing in a 116 break and runs of 58, 72 and 47 in his 5-2 victory over England's Matthew Selt.

Hendry looked to be recovering his best form at the World Championship in April, only to lose his focus after a maximum 147 break in his quarter-final against eventual runner-up Shaun Murphy.

He then suffered a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Ricky Walden in round two of the Shanghai Masters last month, but seven-time world champion Hendry is quietly optimistic he can improve on his current 10th position in the world rankings.

Discussing today's win over Selt at the Kelvin Hall, Hendry said: "I was pretty comfortable.

"I played one or two bad shots. My concentration was very good, and I just stayed focused. The job in the first round is to win the game - it's not about looking good or playing your best. …

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