Kettering snooker star Kyren Wilson has his sights firmly set on claiming a major title on home soil this weekend.
The 23-year-old’s magnificent year continued this week as he booked a place in the semi-finals of the 188BET Champion of Champions event at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
Wilson earned his place in the competition by winning his first major title – the Shanghai Masters – in September.
And he again got the better of Judd Trump, the man he beat in the final in China, by a 4-2 scoreline in his Group Three match before beating Chinese youngster Zhou Yuelong 6-3 in the group final.
Wilson will play one of Mark Selby, Stephen Maguire, Barry Hawkins or Mark Allen in the last four on Saturday after they battle out their group tomorrow (Friday).
And with plenty of support in tow, Wilson is fancying his chances.
“It was tough to play two matches in one day on Tuesday,” he said.
“There wasn’t much time between my first game and the group final. I literally had time to get something to eat and change my shirt and then I was back out there.
“To be honest, I didn’t feel like I played overly well but I did what I had to do to win and that’s what matters.
“I am going back for the semi-finals on Saturday and I can’t wait.
“It’s nice to have performed well in a major competition in England.
“There has been a lot of publicity for the event, it is prestigious. To do well in this country is fantastic.
“I had all my family there on Tuesday. My dad, my nan and my grandad were all there and even my accountant was there as well!
“And with it being in Coventry a lot of my close mates were also able to come along.
“I am just looking forward to Saturday now. Everyone involved is a champion so it’s not going to be easy.
“But it doesn’t really matter. Everybody can beat everybody. It’s just a case of making sure you turn up on the day.”
Wellingborough’s Rory McLeod takes part in Group Four today as he bids to join Wilson in the semi-finals.
The event is being screened live on ITV 4.