Wilson comes out on top after ‘fantastic’ Crucible clash with Perry

Kyren Wilson
Kyren Wilson

After securing the first Crucible win of his career Kettering’s Kyren Wilson is determined to continue to star on the grandest stage of all.

The 24-year-old qualifier beat world No10 Joe Perry 10-9 in a titanic tussle on Thursday night to reach the second round of the World Snooker Championship for the first time in four seasons as a professional.

And the Shanghai Masters champion hopes he can now begin to make his mark on home soil.

“I want to make memories at the Crucible and you’re only going to do that by winning matches,” said Wilson, who meets Mark Allen in round two.

“To tick the first one off the list is absolutely fantastic, it’s just behind Shanghai.

“I’m starting to get more comfortable on the TV conditions. It’s not easy for young lads to come through and play well at places like the Crucible.

“It’s nice to get the first win at the Crucible and play my first best-of-25 which will be different.

“I’ve played Mark quite a lot this season. It’s fantastic to play these top players at the top venues, so I’m very much looking forward to it.

“Winning in Shanghai has brought new expectations on my shoulders. I come to tournaments now believing I can win.

“You can’t get too far ahead of yourself, but it would be the icing on the cake to lift the world title.”

Wilson led 5-4 from the first session, however a break of 72 saw Perry off to the perfect start as he pulled level.

But a magnificent clearance of 129 put Wilson back in front.

The sequence of sharing frames continued until Perry picked up the first two following the mid-session interval with breaks of 59 and 80 to lead 8-7.

Timely breaks of 58 and 62 put Wilson back ahead and frame 18 was typical of the entire contest, going to and fro until Perry stole it on the final three colours after 58 minutes of play.

But Wilson’s safety play in the decider proved the difference and he punched the air when he potted the final red to seal his win.

“It was a fantastic match throughout,” added Wilson. “We flowed off each other.

“There were a lot of big breaks and that’s the way all players like to play snooker. It was entertaining and I’m sure the fans loved the decider.

“It was a tough one to take going from 9-8, I felt like I had the match in my hands. I let a couple of chances go.

“I’m a natural player, I like to go for my shots. Sometimes you’re forced into playing them, as I was in the decider, and it worked for me.”

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