Reigning champ bids to equal Hendry trophy haul

The champion: John Higgins hopes to defend his world title at The Crucible next year
The champion: John Higgins hopes to defend his world title at The Crucible next year
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THE World Snooker Championship maybe six months away - but that has not stopped John Higgins, regarded as one of the finest players to have ever picked up a cue, from dreaming of retaining his world title.

Higgins, nicknamed the ‘Wizard of Wishaw’, secured his fourth world crown in May and his third in the last five years by defeating Judd Trump 18-15 in an epic final at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

The Scot, a superb break builder and arguably the best in the business in the safety play department, has set his sights on equalling Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles.

Higgins, who came from behind to beat Trump, said: “My aim is to get to seven and I think that is achievable because I’ve done well in the last five years. It was an unbelievable moment to win it last year and an amazing feeling. I want that feeling again.”

It was an emotional triumph for Higgins, whose father, John Sr, had passed away in February.

“I love coming to Sheffield for the tournament,” he said. “It just seems to bring the best out of me and suits my game. The fans are amazing and I can’t wait to go back there next year and put on another good show.”

After returning to the circuit following a six-month ban, Higgins also claimed the UK Championship.

Tickets go on sale 9.30am tomorrow for the World Snooker Championship 2012. The cheapest ticket is £15. For more information, ring 0844 6565 147 or log on to www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk