Stephen Hendry has picked out his 1993 Snooker World Championship triumph as the favourite of his seven world titles, due to how easily he swept aside the competition that year.
Still the most successful player ever at the Crucible, the legendary Scot has plenty of success to choose from when plumping for his favourite tournament in Sheffield.
Hendry won the event in 1990, 92-96, 98 and 99, while he reached two more finals, losing out in 97 and 2002.
Answering questions on an Instagram Live session on Tuesday night, Hendry looked back on his World Championship heroics and, while he couldn’t remember what year it happened, he did recall an especially dominant campaign in South Yorkshire.
‘I cant remember what year it was but I’d won every match pretty easy and then I beat Jimmy [White] a session early,’ said Hendry.
‘I think, because I’d played well in every game and won every match without really being troubled, that’s the one I take most pleasure from.’
The Scot took no prisoners in 1993, the first time he successfully defended his world title, as no one really got close to beating him at the Crucible.
Hendry beat Danny Fowler 10-1, Darren Morgan 13-4, Nigel Bond 13-7 and Alan McManus 16-8 to set up a third final between him and White.
The defending champion laid down a marker by making a break of 136 in the opening frame, and while White won the second, things went downhill for the Whirlwind from there.
Hendry romped to an 18-5 win, with the final becoming only the third in Crucible history to be finished with a session to spare. Steve Davis had achieved this feat against Cliff Thorburn in 1983 and John Parrot in 89.
It was not the last time Hendry and White would meet in the World Championship final, as they both made it to the Crucible showpiece the following year and things could scarcely have been any different.
The match went all the way to a deciding frame and White had a golden chance to win it, missing a black off its spot and Hendry stepped in to lift the trophy again. The Whirlwind famously saying after another defeat: ‘He’s beginning to annoy me.’
That was to be Jimmy’s sixth and final run to the World Championship final, all of which ended unsuccsssfully.
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