I will be on a beach – Kyren Wilson rules out emulating Stephen Hendry’s return

Mark Staniforth, PA
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Kyren Wilson has welcomed Stephen Hendry’s snooker comeback but ruled out emulating the Scot’s brave quest to rejoin the tour in his sixth decade.

The 29-year-old compiled two centuries as he cruised into the semi-final of the Players’ Championship with a 6-2 win over Neil Robertson in Milton Keynes.

Wilson could conceivably face the seven-times world champion in the third round of next week’s Gibraltar Open, when 52-year-old Hendry will make his long-awaited return.

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Wilson said: “One thousand per cent, when I’m 52 I’ll be on a beach in Portugal, retired and with multiple alcoholic drinks by my side.

“But Stephen obviously has a great presence in the game. I’ve worked with him before and I’ve just tried to pick his brains. I always like to try to learn from these guys.”

Commentating on ITV4, Hendry described Wilson’s performance as of the best he has seen as the Kettering player eased into a 3-0 lead.

Robertson rallied to 3-2 including a century of his own, but remained distinctly second-best and Wilson wrapped up a semi-final place with further breaks of 95, 126 and 80.