Kettering’s Wilson ‘quite happy’ after final appearance in India

Kettering's Kyren Wilson (right) and Indian Open winner Anthony McGill pose for the camera after their final clash. Picture courtesy of World Snooker
Kettering's Kyren Wilson (right) and Indian Open winner Anthony McGill pose for the camera after their final clash. Picture courtesy of World Snooker

Kyren Wilson declared himself “quite happy” after reaching the final of the Indian Open.

The Kettering snooker star enjoyed a fine week in Hyderabad in his first ranking tournament of the season after he had been forced to pull out of the Riga Masters due to a potential blood clot in his left leg.

Having been cleared to travel to India, Wilson battled his way through to the final where he was eventually beaten 5-2 by Anthony McGill, who collected the first ranking tournament of his career.

Wilson did things the hard way as he came from 3-1 down to beat Martin O’Donnell 4-3 in the first round and then from 3-0 down to see off Xiao Guodong before wins over Martin Gould (4-2) and Akani Songsermsawad (4-2) earned him a semi-final clash with Nigel Bond.

The Kettering star won that 4-1 but the final proved to be one step too far as McGill pulled away to win after the first four frames had been shared.

The 24-year-old admitted he “burgled” his way through the early rounds but, given the tough start he has had to endure to the season, he was fairly content with his efforts as he moved up one place to 15 in the world rankings.

“I felt like I burgled a place in the final after coming from 3-1 and 3-0 down in the first two matches,” Wilson said.

“To be honest, I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be at the tournament and I didn’t get much practice in beforehand.

“So, with that lack of practice, overall I am quite happy with a final but I am there to win tournaments so it’s also disappointing not to have done that.

“It was disappointing and with the lack of practice I had beforehand, I felt like it found me out in the final. I didn’t feel sharp enough.

“I probably went for a few shots that I shouldn’t have done but that’s how I like to play anyway.

“Anthony is a very good and capable player and I am pleased for him to get that win under his belt but, on the other hand, I gutted it was against me.

“I nicked the last frame before the interval to make it 2-2 and if I had won the next one after that then I would have fancied my chances but it wasn’t to be.”

Next on the agenda for Wilson is a trip to China for the World Open, which gets under way on July 25.

However, he is heading out to the Far East on Friday this week to take part in a number of exhibitions before the next ranking tournament, which will see him face Zhang Yong in the first round.

Don’t miss more from Kyren Wilson in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph