Kettering's Wilson climbs rankings despite Indian Open final defeat

Kyren Wilson's bid for a second ranking title was ended after he was beaten 5-2 by Anthony McGill in the final of the Indian Open in Hyderabad.

Sunday, 10th July 2016, 9:43 am
Updated Sunday, 10th July 2016, 10:57 am
Kettering's Kyren Wilson has moved up to number 15 in the world snooker rankings

The Kettering snooker star enjoyed a fine week and earned his place in the showpiece after beating Nigel Bond 4-1 in the semi-finals with a top break of 72.

But he was unable to add to the Shanghai Masters title he won in September last year.

However, the £25,000 he claimed for finishing as runner-up moved him up one place in the world rankings to 15.

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The first four frames of the final were shared, Wilson making the better breaks with 65 in the second and a 50 clearance in the fourth.

McGill then took control after the interval as a run of 96 put him ahead and he controlled the sixth frame to lead 4-2.

Both players had chances in the 39-minute seventh frame and it came down to the last red. McGill potted the red to a centre pocket to initiate a match-winning clearance which included an excellent green to gain position on the brown.

McGill paid tribute to Wilson after the final and said: ““I have known Kyren since we were about 12, we played in all the same junior tournaments.

“He’s had an unbelievable year because he won a ranking event then he followed it up with a lot of quarter and semi-finals. He has shown that he is here to stay and I hope I can keep up.”

Wilson will now be preparing for the next ranking event - the World Open - which is being staged in Yushan, China from July 25.