Wilson pleased to get through in Manchester

Kyren Wilson is back in action in the English Open today
Kyren Wilson is back in action in the English Open today

Kyren Wilson admits it was far from a perfect performance but claims getting through the early matches is the most important thing after reaching the English Open third round.

Wilson faced Wales’ Daniel Wells at EventCity, Manchester and made breaks of 95 and 52 en route to a 4-1 victory in the second round.

The Kettering cueman was not as fluent as in his 4-0 first-round win over Wayne Townsend but did enough to set up a last-32 clash with Rhys Clark.

The world No.16 was a heavy favourite heading into the Wells tie but is adamant he was taking nothing for granted.

“Players are at risk in the first round nowadays and the second round is just as tough,” said Wilson

“We’ve seen a few surprises in the second round here, so I’m just glad not to be one of those surprises.

“I played ok – I didn’t play as well as I did in my first match but it’s hard to keep up your form throughout the tournament so I’m not really bothered. I got the win and am through to the third round, so that’s the main thing.

“I should have won it 4-0 but I let Dan back in and he held himself really well. Luckily I held myself together well in the final frame but 4-1 is a bit of a flattering result in the end.”

Wilson faces Clark from 1pm today (Thursday) with his last-16 clash scheduled for later in the evening, should he prevail.

But the 24-year-old claims he isn’t concerned about who he’s up against and more than happy to play two games in a day.

“It’s hard to look into the draw so much, you just want to know when you’re playing,” added Wilson.

“Everyone is as good as each other nowadays, so I’ll treat Rhys with as much respect as if I were playing Ronnie O’Sullivan.

“The best-of-sevens can be quite quick and you prepare your day around them and once it’s over you don’t really know what to do with yourself. I’m more than happy to play two best-of-sevens in one day.”

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