Kettering’s Kyren wants to cap a fine season with a good Crucible showing

Kyren Wilson begins his Betfred World Championship campaign tonight when he takes on Joe Perry at the Crucible
Kyren Wilson begins his Betfred World Championship campaign tonight when he takes on Joe Perry at the Crucible
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Kyren Wilson is hoping to cap an incredible season by producing the goods on the biggest stage of them all.

The Kettering snooker star takes on Joe Perry in the first round of the Betfred World Championship at the Crucible tonight (Wednesday) in a match that will be played to finish tomorrow evening.

Wilson, who is ranked number 19 in the world, earned his place at the biggest event on the snooker calendar by winning three matches during the qualifiers at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

He is now ready to return to the Crucible on the back of his breakthrough year, which saw him become the Shanghai Masters champion last September as he clinched his first-ever ranking title.

And the 24-year-old believes he has shown he isn’t a one-win wonder.

“It’s been an amazing year,” Wilson said.

“I am sure some people were thinking that a lot of things could have happened after Shanghai but I would like to think that I have followed it up with consistent results.

“I have been one of the top players throughout the season and I just want to keep going;”

Wilson faces a stern test against world number 10 Perry in his first-round match.

But he is going up against a player he knows well.

“Joe is a great player and a good friend,” Wilson added.

“I have practised with him a lot in Cambridge so we know each other’s game.

“He’s beaten me before and I have beaten him before. It will come down to who puts it together when it counts.”