O’Sullivan, 42, levelled Hendry and Steve Davis’ record of six wins at the York-based event on Sunday. He beat long-standing rival Shaun Murphy 10-5 in the final. The victory was O’Sullivan’s third tournament win in the last two months – taking his career total up to 31.

Hendry, who retired in 2012, currently leads the way in the sport with 36 ranking championships. O’Sullivan has already beaten Hendry’s records for century breaks, maximum breaks and Masters marks.

And the Scot fears the new world number two could go on to to even greater heights than he achieved in his 27-year professional career.

“Only a couple of months ago Ronnie was only on 28 ranking titles, so it shows exactly how quickly things can change when he gets on a roll,” Hendry said.

“And if I am honest I have resigned myself to the fact that he is going to beat my ranking titles record.

Source: Express