Kyren Wilson’s 2016 Betfred World Snooker Championship came to an end on Wednesday morning but the man himself says there is absolutely no doubt he will be a world champion in the future.
The Kettering cueman had come through three qualifying matches and then two rounds at Sheffield’s iconic Crucible Theatre to reach the quarter-finals but found world number one Mark Selby a step too far as he went down 13-8.
Selby led 10-6 heading into the final session and soon reeled off breaks of 92 and 78 to move within one frame of victory.
To his credit Wilson did respond to narrow the deficit to 12-8 – including producing the highest break of the tournament, a majestic 143 in frame 20 – but Selby got over the line in the next.
Wilson’s performances this week, and throughout the season, have had the snooker world taking notice and the 24-year-old is certainly not lacking in self-belief after bursting on to the scene.
“I’ll win this event in the future without a doubt. I believe in myself and this hasn’t dampened my confidence,” said Wilson.
“I’ll go away from here, I’ll have a bit of a rest with my family and friends and I’ll be back working very, very hard to make sure next season is even better than this one.
“I didn’t play great against Mark, it was a bit of struggle right from the start. I let him in too early and didn’t put him under pressure soon enough. He’s too good a player to let him get on top of you.
“In my head I always knew the quarter-finals would be the stumbling block with the qualifying matches and then the two matches here.
“I always knew if I got past this match I would have a chance of winning the event but unfortunately I just couldn’t get my game together soon enough.”
Wilson won his maiden ranking event in Shanghai earlier in the campaign and his exploits at the Crucible have ensured he will start next season ranked inside the world’s top 16.
A World Championship triumph looks destined to be in his future while his impressive performances led world No.5 Judd Trump to label him ‘the new Mark Selby’ earlier this week.
In truth, the Northamptonshire potter is a naturally more attacking player than Selby – although his all-round game is far less polished – but Wilson will certainly take the comparison.
“I’ll take that as a compliment from Judd although you never know if he’s saying it with a pinch of salt,” added Wilson.
“I must be doing something right because he’s world number one and hopefully I will be heading in that direction.
“Mark is a great player and he has shown his class there – he wasn’t on top of his game but he proved he can still win not playing well like he has done many times in the past.”
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