Paul Hunter Classic 2018
|Born||23 December 1991|
Kettering, Northamptonshire, England
|Highest ranking||7 (February 2019)|
|7 (as of 18 February 2019)|
2017 International Championship
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. 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.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Performance and rankings timeline
- 4 Career finals
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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.
Kyren Wilson has English parents, Rob and Sonya.
Professional debut 2010/2011
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. 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. He finished the year ranked world number 72, outside of the top 64 who retained their places for the next season. 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.
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. He was placed 72nd on the PTC Order of Merit. He once again entered Q School but only won one match in the three events.
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. 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.
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. 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. Wilson's tournament came to an abrupt end in the quarter-finals as he lost 5–1 against Michael Holt. 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. He also qualified for the China Open, but was eliminated 5–3 by Jamie O'Neill in the opening round.
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. 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. 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. Wilson played world number 12 Ricky Walden and lost 10–7.
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. After edging Gary Wilson 6–5 in the first round of the UK Championship, Kyren stated that his concentration had been fading in matches this season and would have to raise his game significantly against defending champion Neil Robertson. 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. 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. Wilson broke into the top 64 in the rankings for the first time during the season to end it as the world number 56.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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. In the first round of the Welsh Open, Wilson lost 4−3 to Irish amateur Leo Fernandez. He qualified for the World Grand Prix, having finished fourth on the World Grand Prix Order of Merit, 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. Wilson came through World Championship qualifying and then edged out Joe Perry 10–9 in the opening round. 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. 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. His highly successful season saw him placed in the top 16 for the first time, ending the year at 16th in the world rankings.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. Wilson was a seeded player at the World Championship for the first time and battled past David Grace 10–6 in the opening round. 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. The tip of Wilson's cue split at 3–3 and John Higgins would progress 13–6.
Kyren 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. 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. After frame 7 which Kyren made a 140, he suffered a nosebleed which delayed the match for a time.
In August 2018, Wilson claimed his second ranking event title at the 2018 Paul Hunter Classic, defeating former mentor and 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon 4–2 in the final. Wilson would win back-to-back tournaments, where in September, he won the non-ranking 2018 Six-red World Championship, defeating Ding Junhui in the final 8–4. Wilson reached the semi finals of the 2018 Shanghai Masters, losing to defending and eventual champion Ronnie O'Sullivan by a reasonable score of 10-6. He would however progress a further in the 2018 Champion of champions, beating World Champion Mark Williams and Judd Trump by dropping only a frame in each match, before facing Masters Champion Mark Allen which went the distance with Wilson the victor for his first final in the event. He would face Ronnie O'Sullivan about a year since their last finals meeting in the 2017 English Open. This match at times appeared one sided with Ronnie leading 5-1 and 8-5 but unlike the last final they faced each other the result would be much closer than predicted, Wilson was able to hold his nerve and take the lead. One the 18th frame he was on match ball but failed to pot the red, leaving Ronnie a difficult counter clearance with one red near the right middle pocket, Ronnie failed to get position for it and seemingly out of frustration played a cross double, which Stephen Hendry and co. described as reckless. However, not only did this gambit push the red safe from the cueball, it set the cueball behind the pink for a snooker. Wilson failed to keep the red safe from O'Sullivan who was able to win the frame to force a decider. Wilson was in first but had the misfortune of potting a red and black simultaneously, Ronnie failed to maximise that stroke of luck but Kyren again left another chance for Ronnie, who again squandered it by committing a waistcoat foul. However, Kyren let Ronnie in with a failed safety, which he converted with a century break but was lauded for his resolve nonetheless for a thrilling final. In his next event however the 2018 Northern Ireland Open, scheduled merely a day after he played a match well over 3 hours long against Lee Walker whose shot time average was over 30seconds, a match that lasted till 0020AM, Kyren lost this on a decider and was understandably disgruntled with the scheduling of the match being so close to a big final. At the 2019 German Masters Kyren came away with the title, winning the final against Dave Gilbert 9-7.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||[nb 2]||[nb 3]||[nb 3]||[nb 2]||70||56||16||13||9|
|Riga Masters[nb 4]||Tournament Not Held||MR||WD||3R||QF|
|World Open[nb 5]||LQ||A||A||LQ||Not Held||2R||F||3R|
|Paul Hunter Classic||Minor-Ranking Event||2R||4R||W|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ||WD|
|European Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||1R||3R|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||3R||F||1R|
|International Championship||Not Held||A||2R||1R||2R||A||2R||1R|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||SF||1R||1R|
|Scottish Open||Not Held||MR||Not Held||4R||3R||4R|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||NR||2R||1R||1R||QF|
|Indian Open||Not Held||WD||3R||NH||F||LQ||A|
|Players Championship[nb 6]||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||1R||DNQ||1R|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||MR||1R||QF|
|Tour Championship||Tournament Not Held|
|Shanghai Masters||Ranking Event||SF|
|Champion of Champions||Not Held||A||A||SF||A||A||F|
|Variant format tournaments|
|Six-red World Championship||A||NH||A||A||A||A||A||1R||W|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Wuxi Classic||Non-Ranking||A||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Australian Goldfields Open||NH||A||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||Not Held|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Romanian Masters||Tournament Not Held||SF||NH|
|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.|
- It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- He was an amateur.
- The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
- The event was called the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
Ranking finals: 6 (3 titles, 3 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||2015||Shanghai Masters||Judd Trump||10–9|
|Runner-up||1.||2016||Indian Open||Anthony McGill||2–5|
|Runner-up||2.||2017||World Open||Ding Junhui||3–10|
|Runner-up||3.||2017||English Open||Ronnie O'Sullivan||2–9|
|Winner||2.||2018||Paul Hunter Classic||Peter Ebdon||4–2|
|Winner||3.||2019||German Masters||David Gilbert||9–7|
Non-ranking finals: 2 (2 runners-up)
|The Masters (0–1)|
|Champion of Champions (0–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||2018||The Masters||Mark Allen||7–10|
|Runner-up||2.||2018||Champion of Champions||Ronnie O'Sullivan||9–10|
Variant finals: 1 (1 title)
|Winner||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||2018||Six-red World Championship||Ding Junhui||8–4|
Pro-am finals: 1 (1 title)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||2017||World Games||Ali Carter||3–1|
Amateur finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||2009||PIOS – Event 3||Paul Davison||4–6|
|Winner||1.||2010||PIOS – Event 6||Liam Highfield||6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||2013||Snookerbacker Classic - Grand Finals||David Gray||2–4|
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