World champion Robertson knocks out all-time great Hendry at the Masters

Stephen Hendry admitted he could have played his last match at the Ladbrokes Mobile Masters after losing to world snooker champion Neil Robertson yesterday.

The prestigious invitation tournament at Wembley Arena is reserved for the top 16 players - and world No 14 Hendry just scraped in this year.

Aussie Rules: Neil Robertson in action at Wembley

Aussie Rules: Neil Robertson in action at Wembley

Hendry's long potting was letting him down, the same failing which saw him eliminated from last month's UK Championship by Mark Williams, but he set a good snooker to force a chance and took the frame with a fluent 64.

The six-time Masters winner, 42 today, once won 23 matches in a row at the old Conference Centre venue, but those days are gone.

After a 6-3 first-round defeat, Hendry said: 'If I don't buck up my ideas that could easily be my last time here. There are no wildcards now.

Bad day at the office, Stephen? Hendry suffered at Wembley on Wednesday

Bad day at the office, Stephen? Hendry suffered at Wembley on Wednesday

'I need results to stay in the top 16, and also avoid having to qualify for the Crucible.

'It would be very painful not to play another Masters.

'The thought of not being counted as one of the best brings home what I need to do.

'Now I'll be celebrating my birthday by joining the other has-beens in the BBC commentary box for a few days.'

Robertson, who plays Mark Allen in the quarter-finals, said: 'I doubt he will put up with playing like that for long.'

The BBC will pay a reduced £3million-a-year fee to extend by three years their deal to show the Masters, World Championship and UK Championship. They have dropped the World Open.

Jamie Cope caused an upset in the evening match, beating fellow English cueman
Shaun Murphy 6-3 in a low-quality tussle. Cope will play Mark Selby's conqueror
Mark King in the quarter-finals.



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