Higgins targets magnificent seven

by Setanta Staff , 03 May 2011

John Higgins wants to match Stephen Hendry's total of seven World titles after claiming his fourth with victory over Judd Trump.


The 35-year-old looked up against it as the young Englishman took a 12-9 lead midway through the penultimate session but the Scot rallied to show his class and experience to secure an 18-15 success and lift the trophy once against the Crucible.

Higgins' career appeared in tatters just 12 months ago as he was banned for six months for failing to declare an illegal betting approach.

While he was cleared of all charges of match-fixing, the ban clearly affected the 'Wizard of Wishaw,' who felt that it called his integrity into question.

But he responded in the perfect way and Monday's Sheffield success means he has now won five tournaments since returning to the sport.

And the world number one is not done yet as he has set his sights on further glory in the coming years.

"I want to get to seven world titles now, because I've won three in the last five years," he said."I've rededicated myself in recent years and I want to keep winning it.

"I didn't expect to be winning so soon, but since I came back in November I have won pretty much everything I have entered.

"It has been an unbelievable six or seven months for me.

"I am scrapping for everything now; every point, every frame, every match. I have another few years of trying to do it. There are people like Judd coming through but if I can contend with that I have a few years to do it."

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