Red hot Wilson set for a showdown with O'Sullivan

Kettering's Kyren Wilson will play Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters tomorrow
Kettering's Kyren Wilson will play Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters tomorrow

Kyren Wilson’s quest for a third tournament win in a row is alive and well after he secured a place in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters.

The Kettering star is in incredible form at the moment and it continued as he completed a narrow 6-5 victory over Ryan Day in the last eight.

Having been 3-1 down at one stage, Wilson battled his way back into the contest and took the lead for the first time when he went 5-4 up.

He missed a red while looking on course to wrap things up in the 10th frame, which allowed Day to take it to a decider.

But the 26-year-old made no mistake in the final frame as a magnificent break of 135 sent him to a remarkable 19th win in a row.

He will now meet the great Ronnie O’Sullivan who had earlier claimed a 6-2 success against Stuart Bingham.

Wilson is bidding to become the first player since John Higgins in 2001 to win three tournaments in a row.

He headed to Shanghai on the back of winning the Paul Hunter Classic and then following that up with the Six Red World Championship in Bangkok.

Earlier this week, he enjoyed a 6-3 win over Liang Wenbo in the first round before rattling in two centuries in a 6-2 success over Judd Trump.

The new look Shanghai Masters, which was a ranking event up until this year and the first title Wilson claimed in 2015, is now the most lucrative invitational competition of all time.

The winner will earn £200,000 with there being a total prize fund of £725,000.

Wilson is now guaranteed £60,000 from the tournament and the semi-final with legend O’Sullivan will be played over two sessions tomorrow (Friday).