Kyren: Defeat is completely my fault

Kyren Wilson believes he has no-one but himself to blame after suffering a surprise defeat at the English Open on Thursday.

The Kettering cueman had looked in good form at EventCity, Manchester this week but went down 4-3 to Rhys Clark – a man ranked 57 places below him in the world rankings – in the last 32.
Wilson looked on course for a comfortable victory as a majestic 118 break helped him into a 2-0 lead but he fell 3-2 behind before forcing a decider.
Both men had chances for victory but Clark eventually sunk an incredible long pink and the final black to book his place in the last 16.
And while Wilson credited his opponent’s fearless style of play, he claims he let an opportunity to advance slip through his fingers.
“It’s hard to assess my performance really,” said Wilson. “I started off very well but let him play from 2-0 up.
“I shouldn’t have let him play, he goes for absolutely everything. He’s one of those players that when he starts finding his range, he’s a player that’s very hard to stop.
“I completely fancied it heading into the decider. He did enough to put me under pressure but I still had my chances, so I’ve only got myself to blame for the loss.
“He went for a mad long pink at the end, knocked it at 100 mph around the table and landed perfectly on the black. That was goodnight, Vienna.
“Against someone like Rhys who goes for everything, you have to just play your own game and keep things tight.
“But I just found that I kept leaving him absolutely perfect. It’s completely my own fault that I lost but good luck to Rhys.”
Top seeds had been falling left, right and centre in Manchester with the likes of Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson, Shaun Murphy, Ding Junhui and Mark Allen all exiting the competition at the last 32 or earlier.
The draw looked like it was opening up for Wilson to potentially win a second ranking title but the 24-year-old is adamant that wasn’t affecting his thinking.
“It’s hard not to see people losing when you’re in the players’ lounge, waiting for your match,” added Wilson.
“You can’t really avoid the results but it didn’t put any added pressure on me because everyone is good enough to beat everyone these days – it didn’t really mean anything to me.”

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