Kyren Wilson

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Kyren Wilson
Kyren Wilson PHC 2018-4.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2018
Born (1991-12-23) 23 December 1991 (age 27)
Kettering, Northamptonshire, England
Sport country England
NicknameThe Warrior[1]
Professional2010/2011, 2013–
Highest ranking7 (February 2019)
Current ranking 9 (as of 4 November 2019)
Career winnings£1,254,960
Highest break147:
2017 International Championship
Century breaks185
Tournament wins

Kyren Wilson (born 23 December 1991) is an English professional snooker player. He turned professional in 2010, after finishing fifth in the 2009/2010 PIOS rankings.[2] Wilson won his first ranking title at the 2015 Shanghai Masters when, ranked 54th in the world, he defeated Judd Trump 10–9 in the final.


Amateur years[edit]

In the 2009/2010 season he won the sixth event and was runner-up in the third event of the International Open Series and finished fifth in the rankings. Thus, Wilson received a place on the 2010/2011 season professional Main Tour.

Professional debut 2010/2011[edit]

Wilson had good qualifying results in the two biggest ranking events on the snooker calendar. In the UK Championship he defeated Paul Davison 9–6 and Ian McCulloch 9–8, before losing 4–9 to Rory McLeod.[3] He reached the same stage of the World Championship with defeats of Dermot McGlinchey and Joe Swail, before McLeod once again conquered Wilson this time 10–3.[4] He finished the year ranked world number 72, outside of the top 64 who retained their places for the next season.[5] He therefore entered Qualifying School in an attempt to win back his place but, despite having deep runs in each of the three events, he could not achieve this.[3]

2011/2012 season[edit]

As he had dropped off the snooker tour Wilson was considered an amateur player and could not enter qualifying for any of the ranking events. He entered all 12 of the Players Tour Championship events, where he lost in the last 64 on five occasions.[6] He was placed 72nd on the PTC Order of Merit.[7] He once again entered Q School but only won one match in the three events.[6]

2012/2013 season[edit]

In the 2012/2013 season Wilson was again confined to entering PTC events and enjoyed a good run in the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy by beating Tom Ford, Jamie Jones and Stephen Maguire, before being whitewashed 0–4 by Ding Junhui in the last 16.[8] He also lost in the last 32 in two European Tour events to be ranked 75th on the PTC Order of Merit, high enough to earn a place back on the snooker tour for the 2013/2014 season.[9]

2013/2014 season[edit]

Wilson enjoyed a successful return to the professional game during the 2013/2014 season. He won four matches in Shanghai Masters qualifying, concluding with a 5–3 victory over Marcus Campbell to reach the main stage of a ranking event for the first time.[10] In his first round match against Stuart Bingham, Wilson had a chance to make a 147 but missed the 13th black. Nevertheless, he defeated his much higher ranked opponent 5–1 and continued his run with a 5–3 win over Marco Fu.[11][12] Wilson's tournament came to an abrupt end in the quarter-finals as he lost 5–1 against Michael Holt.[13] He caused another upset in the first round of the International Championship by beating Stephen Maguire 6–3, before losing 6–1 to Graeme Dott in the second round.[14] He also qualified for the China Open, but was eliminated 5–3 by Jamie O'Neill in the opening round.[10]

In World Championship qualifying, Wilson beat Chris Norbury 10–6 and then produced a pair of superb performances to see off experienced campaigners Alfie Burden and Rod Lawler both by 10–3 scorelines to stand just one win away from reaching the Crucible for the first time.[10] He faced the 2006 winner of the event Graeme Dott and came back from 4–1 down to trail only 5–4 at the end of the first session. His momentum continued into the evening and he went on to win 10–7, making nine breaks over 50 during the match.[15] Afterwards, Wilson said that he wanted to draw reigning champion Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round, with his beaten opponent Dott stating that Wilson could beat anybody if he plays to the same standard again.[16] Wilson played world number 12 Ricky Walden and lost 10–7.[17]

2014/2015 season[edit]

2014 Paul Hunter Classic

Wilson failed to qualify for the first three ranking events of the 2014/2015 season, before beating Ross Muir to play in the first round of the International Championship where he lost 6–2 to Sam Baird.[18] After edging Gary Wilson 6–5 in the first round of the UK Championship, Wilson stated that his concentration had been fading in matches this season and would have to raise his game significantly against defending champion Neil Robertson.[19] He did exactly that as he made an 87 break to lead 5–4 and had a chance to win in the next frame courtesy of a fluked red, but lost position on the final brown allowing Robertson to level. In the decider Wilson missed a tough opening red and Robertson responded with a match winning 86.[20] After losing in the semi-finals of the Shoot-Out, Wilson had his best finish of the year in a ranking event as he dropped just one frame in beating Alan McManus and Ben Woollaston at the Indian Open. In the last 16 he was edged out 4–3 by Joe Perry.[18] Wilson broke into the top 64 in the rankings for the first time during the season to end it as the world number 56.[21]

2015/2016 season[edit]

It’s every player’s dream to win his first ranking title. It will always stay in my memory. This is my breakthrough. I felt like crying at the end because it means so much to me. It felt as if it was slipping away from me, so to pull through in the end was just a relief. The fans were fantastic and the noise will live with me forever

Wilson on winning his first ranking title at the Shanghai Masters.[22]

Wilson won three matches to qualify for the 2015 Shanghai Masters and came through a wildcard round match in China, before beating Joe Perry 5–2 and Michael Holt 5–1.[23] In Wilson's second career ranking event quarter-final he led home favourite Ding Junhui 3–1, before Ding levelled at 3–3. The match went to a deciding frame, which Wilson won on the final black.[24] Wilson then dominated Mark Allen 6–1 to reach his first ranking final, where his match with Judd Trump went to a deciding frame, after Wilson had led 7–3, 8–4 and 9–7. In the decider, Wilson made a championship winning 75 break to claim his first ranking title.[25] The surprise victory saw the world number 54 Wilson become the lowest ranked player to win a ranking title since 2005, however he rose to 22nd after the event.[22][26]

2015 Paul Hunter Classic

After the Shanghai success, Wilson lost in the last 32 of the two next ranking events: 6−3 to Mark Allen at the International Championship and 6−1 to Tom Ford at the UK Championship.[23] At the German Masters after beating Rory McLeod, Michael Holt and Ryan Day, all by 5−4 scorelines, he reached the semi-finals, but was defeated 6−3 by Luca Brecel, who became the first Belgian player to reach the final of a ranking event.[27]

Along with Anthony Hamilton at the China Open qualifiers, Wilson set a new record of six consecutive centuries in a snooker match, four of which were scored by him.[28] In the first round of the Welsh Open, Wilson lost 4−3 to Irish amateur Leo Fernandez.[23] He qualified for the World Grand Prix, having finished fourth on the World Grand Prix Order of Merit,[29] but lost 4–1 to Joe Perry in the last 16 and at the China Open he was knocked out 5−1 in the second round by Rod Lawler.[23] Wilson came through World Championship qualifying and then edged out Joe Perry 10–9 in the opening round.[30] In the second round he took a 7–1 lead over Mark Allen after the first session and also led 11–5, before Allen won four frames in a row.[31] However, Wilson then took the two frames he needed to reach the quarter-finals and made the tournament's high break of 143 against Mark Selby, but lost 13–8.[32] His highly successful season saw him placed in the top 16 for the first time, ending the year at 16th in the world rankings.[33]

2016/2017 season[edit]

Wilson recovered from 3–0 down to Xiao Guodong in the second round of the Indian Open to win 4–3 and would go on to play in the final after eliminating Nigel Bond 4–1 in the semi-finals.[34] He faced Anthony McGill and it marked the first ranking event final in five years to feature two players under the age of 25. They were tied at 2–2 at the interval, but McGill pulled away to triumph 5–2.[35] In the fourth round of the Northern Ireland Open, Wilson was 3–0 up before his opponent Ronnie O'Sullivan restricted him to one pot as he levelled with three successive centuries. Wilson held his nerve to win 4–3 and then beat Mark Williams 5–4.[36][37] In the semi-finals he lost 6–2 to Mark King. Wilson played in the Masters for the first time and was eliminated 6–3 by Ding Junhui.[38]

Wilson overcame Ding 5–1 in the quarter-finals of the China Open, but never got ahead of Mark Selby in a 6–4 semi-final defeat.[39] Wilson was a seeded player at the World Championship for the first time and battled past David Grace 10–6 in the opening round.[40] He had a great start against Stuart Bingham in round two as he won the first five frames and he went on to reach the quarter-finals of the event for the second year in a row with a 13–10 win.[41] The tip of Wilson's cue split at 3–3 and John Higgins would progress 13–6.[42]

2017/2018 season[edit]

Wilson made his first official 147, the 133rd in competitive history, to force a decider against Martin Gould in the second round of the International Championship, but eventually lost 5-6. In January 2018, Wilson reached the final of The Masters, becoming the first person born in the 1990s to appear in any Triple Crown final. He was beaten by Mark Allen in a close match.[43] Wilson also reached two ranking finals that season, losing to Ding Junhui and Ronnie O'Sullivan, and also enjoyed his career-best run at the World Championship as he reached the semi-finals (beating Allen 13-6 in the last eight) before losing 17-13 to John Higgins.[44] After frame 7 which Wilson made a 140, he suffered a nosebleed which delayed the match for a time.[45]

2018 Paul Hunter Classic

2018/2019 season[edit]

In August 2018, Wilson claimed his second ranking event title at the 2018 Paul Hunter Classic, defeating his former mentor and 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon 4–2 in the final. In September, he won his second consecutive tournament, the non-ranking 2018 Six-red World Championship, defeating Ding Junhui in the final 8–4.[46] Wilson reached the semi-finals of the 2018 Shanghai Masters, losing 10-6 to defending and eventual champion Ronnie O'Sullivan. In the 2018 Champion of champions, he beat World Champion Mark Williams and Judd Trump by dropping only a frame in each match, before defeating Masters Champion Mark Allen, to face Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. O'Sullivan led 5-1 and 8-5 before Wilson pulled back and eventually led 9-8, before losing 10-9.[47] In the 2018 Northern Ireland Open, Wilson played a match over 3 hours long against Lee Walker, whose shot time average was over 30 seconds, losing in a deciding frame. At the 2019 German Masters Wilson won the title, beating David Gilbert 9-7 in the final.

Personal life[edit]

Wilson has English parents, Rob and Sonya, and a brother, Taylor, who travels with him on tour as his P.A. and whose duties include ball polishing.

He is married with two sons and has stated that he wants to win titles to make them proud.[48]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2010/
Ranking[49][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 3] [nb 2] 70 56 16 13 9 8
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 4] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank. WD 3R QF WD
International Championship Not Held A 2R 1R 2R A 2R 1R 2R
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ WD 2R
English Open Tournament Not Held 3R F 1R 3R
World Open[nb 5] LQ A A LQ Not Held 2R F 3R SF
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held SF 1R 1R
UK Championship LQ A A 1R 2R 3R 1R 3R QF
Scottish Open Not Held MR Not Held 4R 3R 4R
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ 1R 3R
German Masters LQ A A LQ LQ SF LQ LQ W
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR 2R 1R 1R QF
Welsh Open LQ A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 4R 2R
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event 1R 1R 3R
Players Championship[nb 6] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 1R DNQ 1R 1R
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 1R QF 4R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held QF
China Open LQ A A 1R 1R 2R SF SF 2R
World Championship LQ A A 1R LQ QF QF SF QF
Non-ranking tournaments
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event Ranking Event F
Shanghai Masters Ranking Event SF QF
Champion of Champions Not Held A A SF A A F 1R
The Masters A A A A A A 1R F 1R
Championship League A A A A A RR RR 2R RR
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship A NH A A A A A 1R W 1R
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic Non-Ranking A LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open NH A A LQ LQ LQ Not Held
Shanghai Masters LQ A A QF LQ W 1R LQ Non-Rank.
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 2R 4R W NR
Indian Open Not Held WD 3R NH F LQ A NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Shoot-Out A A A A SF 2R Ranking Event
Romanian Masters Tournament Not Held SF Not Held
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
PA / Pro-am Event means an event is/was a pro-am event.
VF / Variant Format Event means an event is/was a variant format event.
  1. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ a b He was an amateur.
  4. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  5. ^ The event was called the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)

Career finals[edit]

Ranking finals: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2015 Shanghai Masters England Judd Trump 10–9
Runner-up 1. 2016 Indian Open Scotland Anthony McGill 2–5
Runner-up 2. 2017 World Open China Ding Junhui 3–10
Runner-up 3. 2017 English Open England Ronnie O'Sullivan 2–9
Winner 2. 2018 Paul Hunter Classic England Peter Ebdon 4–2
Winner 3. 2019 German Masters England David Gilbert 9–7

Non-ranking finals: 3 (3 runners-up)[edit]

The Masters (0–1)
Champion of Champions (0–1)
Other (0–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2018 The Masters Northern Ireland Mark Allen 7–10
Runner-up 2. 2018 Champion of Champions England Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–10
Runner-up 3. 2019 Paul Hunter Classic England Barry Hawkins 3–4

Variant finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Winner No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2018 Six-red World Championship China Ding Junhui 8–4

Pro-am finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2017 World Games England Ali Carter 3–1

Amateur finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2009 PIOS – Event 3 England Paul Davison 4–6
Winner 1. 2010 PIOS – Event 6 England Liam Highfield 6–4
Runner-up 2. 2013 Snookerbacker Classic - Grand Finals England David Gray 2–4


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