World Snooker: Higgins targets Hendry's titles record

John Higgins

John Higgins has set his sights on matching Stephen Hendry's record haul of seven World Championship titles after winning his fourth on Monday.

The 35-year-old, who only returned in November from a six-month ban imposed for infringements of betting regulations, beat Judd Trump 18-15.

He said: "I want to get to seven world titles now, because I've won three in the last five years.

"I've rededicated myself in recent years and I want to keep winning it."

It was only 12 months ago that Higgins's career was in jeopardy after frame-fixing allegations came to light on the morning of the 2010 final.

The Scot fought a battle to clear his name and was later cleared of deliberately throwing frames, but he was suspended for not reporting the illegal approach made to him.

Higgins has won five tournaments since his return, including the UK Championship and the Welsh Open, but he admitted his latest victory at the Crucible is "by far and away the biggest and best" of his career.

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And he is determined to continue his winning run.

He said: "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 ubelieveable 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 [win seven world titles]. There are people like Judd coming through but if I can contend with that I have a few years to do it.

"I have another five years to win three more. People might mock me and might laugh at that, but we will wait and see."

Higgins's superb return to form has been all the more remarkable considering he has also had to cope with the death of his father, who lost his battle against cancer in February.

"He has been in the forefront of my thoughts," said Higgins, who was clearly emotional after his victory.

"He has been a big miss. It was the first time I have ever played here without my dad watching. I am sure he will be up there with a glass of whisky celebrating."

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