May 2 2012 By Fraser Wilson
GLASGOW snooker ace Stephen Maguire booked his place in the quarter finals of the World Championship - then admitted he was stunned to end the career of legend Stephen Hendry.
Maguire had no problem ousting the seven-times world champion at the Crucible on Tuesday as he swept to a 13-2 victory.
But the announcement that Hendry, the greatest player in the sport's history, had decided to call it a day at the end of the match shook the snooker world to the core.
Maguire, from Milton, has little doubt he ended the career of Scotland's greatest sportsman.
He said: "I'm shellshocked, he's awesome. He's the best player in the world and the best to ever have picked up a cue.
"It's sad to see him go, I was never expecting that."
Maguire, 31, was given a helping hand into the professional ranks when he practised with Hendry as a teenager, and rates his compatriot as second to none among Scotland's sporting legends.
He added: "You would think so. Obviously there's a couple of football players who would think something different but I'm not a football fan so I would say yes," Maguire said.
"He's done everything in the game and he's done it with a bit of class."
Maguire meanwhile will face the winner of the Ali Carter and Jamie Jones match in the semi final.