Wonderful Kyren Wilson clinches Champion of Champions Semi-Final spot
Kyren Wilson progressed to the Champion of Champions semi-finals as the Group Four winner following a high-quality 6-4 victory over Neil Robertson on Tuesday.
The Warrior hit three centuries on the way to setting up a last-four clash with Judd Trump at the Bolton Whites Hotel this weekend.
This was the second meeting between the players in less than a fortnight, with Robertson prevailing 5-4 in a mouth-watering English Open quarter-final in Milton Keynes.
The Thunder, who compiled his 800th career century during a 4-2 win over Mark Williams earlier in the day, drew first blood with a neat run of 73.
However, Wilson dominated the second frame to level, before back-to-back centuries of 114 and 112 pulled him clear at the interval.
Two-time champion Robertson responded with a century of his own; a brilliant 107 clearance stopping the rot, while a run of 63 helped him edge his nose back in front at 4-3.
The world number four was in first the following frame but broke down on 40; enabling Wilson to level again with a wonderful 98 clearance.
The seesaw battle swung in favour of the world number five once more as a run of 55 helped him move 5-4 ahead on the brown.
And the 2018 runner-up sealed a third semi-final in five appearances at this event in style courtesy of a superb break of 113.
“It’s nice when two players feed off each other and score very heavily,” Wilson told Live Snooker.
“We had a similar match in this English Open. Unfortunately, I came off it on the wrong side but it’s nice to do it again and come out as the winner.
“I played really well [against Robertson at the English Open] and just came up short; it was just one or two balls here and there that were the turning points.
“I definitely had it in my mind. I just wanted to make sure that if that happened again tonight, I wasn’t going to let those chances go. I’m chuffed that it did go my way in the end.
“I was unlucky at three-each; I went into the pack off the blue and knocked in a freak red. To bounce back and make a 98 from 40 behind was a big moment and turned the tide in my favour.
“It was nice to take it out in one visit; that’s exactly what you’ve got to do to beat those top players.”
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Champion of Champions 2021 Day Two Results
Tuesday, November 16
Neil Robertson 4-2 Mark Williams
Kyren Wilson 4-2 Jordan Brown
Neil Robertson 4-6 Kyren Wilson