Clinical Kyren Wilson claims 2019 German Masters glory

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Wilson claims glory in Berlin (credit:Eurosport)

Kyren Wilson secured his second ranking title of the season at the 2019 German Masters with a 9-7 victory over David Gilbert in the final in Berlin.

Wilson, who picked up the Paul Hunter Classic trophy in Furth last August, continued his superb run of form on German soil with a memorable triumph at the 2,500-capacity Tempodrom.

The 27-year-old established a 5-3 lead at the close of play in the afternoon, only for Gilbert to reel off four consecutive frames after the restart to turn the match on its head.

Wilson, however, hit back with four unanswered frames of his own to clinch the £80,000 top prize and the third ranking title of his career.

“It’s amazing for me,” admitted Wilson. “Every time we come to Germany the fans are amazing, they turn out in their numbers and make the atmosphere electric.

“I was little bit lucky today but I feel Dave’s time is definitely coming.

“He’s been in a couple of finals and not won a title yet even though he’s such a good player and deserves to have won a title by now.

“I knew it would be hard for him to close it out, especially needing two frames, as long as I had that two-frame gap I was always going to have a chance.”

Wilson opened up a 2-0 lead with breaks of 54 and 73, and though Gilbert made a 57 to halve the deficit, the Kettering ace went further ahead courtesy of breaks of 87 and 69.

Gilbert responded with a superb break of 95 before adding frame seven to peg back to 4-3 behind, but a clinical 91 saw Wilson regain a two-frame advantage at 5-3 heading in to the second session.

The tide, however, looked to have turned as Gilbert reeled off four in a row, producing breaks of 94, 65 and 58 to go 7-5 in front, but back came Wilson with contributions of 93, 54 and 70 to wrestle back command and move within a frame of glory.

He then dominated frame 16 by 78 points to nil to clinch the title, becoming the eighth different winner in nine stagings of the tournament.