Kettering’s Wilson edged out in China

Kyren Wilson lost to Mark Selby in the semi-finals of the China Open

Kyren Wilson lost to Mark Selby in the semi-finals of the China Open

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Kettering’s Kyren Wilson had a fine week at the China Open ended as he was beaten 6-4 by world number one Mark Selby in the semi-finals.

Wilson had already beaten higher-ranked players in the form of Stuart Bingham and Ding Junhui on his way to the last four but Selby proved a step too far, although the county potter made him work for it.

The first two frames were shared but Selby moved into a 3-1 lead, despite Wilson building a break of 51 in the fourth frame.

The Kettering man responded after the interval as a break of 64 pulled it back to 3-2 before a magnificent visit of 130 brought him level.

A break of 80 saw Selby regain the lead but Wilson responded with a visit of 68 to make it 4-4.

However, the reigning world champion showed his class and went 5-4 up before sealing victory with a break of 93.

But it was another successful week for Wilson, who will now preparing for the World Championship at the Crucible which gets under way in two weeks.