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Kyren Wilson closing in on boyhood dream of becoming World Snooker Champion

Wilson aims to reach the Last Four for the first time (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Kyren Wilson says last year's ground-breaking World Championship run has proved invaluable in his latest quest to claim snooker's most prestigious prize.

The world number 14 is through to his second successive Quarter-Final in Sheffield, having defeated David Grace and Stuart Bingham in impressive fashion.

The former Shanghai Masters champion is in the midst of only his third appearance in the sport's show-piece event and is proud of the character has shown so far.

"I learnt a lot from last year," said Wilson. "It made me feel very comfortable as soon as I stepped through the door in my first session this year. 
 
"There’s so much history and memories here – as soon as you step through the doors, you’re in awe of the place. It’s so hard to get here, so you need to just enjoy it.

"It's not a bad record with only three years here, so long may it continue."

The 25-year-old is bidding to become the youngest World Champion since Shaun Murphy in 2005 and believes he has the required consistency to go the distance.

Kettering ace Wilson in action (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
"I think I’m a consistent top 16 player," he added. "It’s not easy getting in there – some players have gone on to win a ranking event but faded away. 

"I feel like I’ve kept been consistent and getting to the business end of tournaments.
 
"This isn’t an easy place to play so to be here in my second quarter-final in three years is a testament to me as a player.
 
"I'm not really bothered about going one step further; I want to win the tournament. I’m in the quarter-finals and got to win three more matches to lift that trophy. 

"That's the main goal and what I’ve dreamt of since I was a little boy, so that’s what I’ll keep aiming towards."

Wilson will take on four-time World Champion John Higgins in the Quarter-Finals, with the first session commencing at 10am on Tuesday.

The pair have met just once previously in ranking competition, with Wilson recording a 4-1 victory in a European Tour event two years ago.


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