Wilson relishing a return to Shanghai

Kettering's Kyren Wilson has qualified for the Shanghai Masters
Kettering's Kyren Wilson has qualified for the Shanghai Masters

Kyren Wilson can’t wait to return to Shanghai next month.

The Kettering snooker star booked his place in the Shanghai Masters after winning three matches during a gruelling few days in Barnsley last week.

Wilson beat Vinnie Calabrese 5-0 in his first match before recording impressive victories over Mark King (5-3) and then Anthony McGill (5-4) to secure his spot for the tournament, which gets under way on September 14.

And, having played in the tournament two years ago, the 23-year-old is looking forward to going back.

“For me, it is probably one of the best tournaments to play in,” Wilson said.

“I had a great time over there two years ago and I can’t wait to go back.

“It was a difficult week. I played Vinnie, who is a very good friend of mine, and beat him 5-0 and then I had to play Mark King who has been established at the top end of the game for a long time.

“And then I had Anthony McGill who was one of the stars of the Crucible this year so to get through those three tough matches was great.”

Before he heads to China, Wilson will also be playing in the Paul Hunter Classic on the European Tour in Germany, which starts on August 26.

And he is hoping his encouraging start to the season can continue.

“The season is just getting started and it’s important to make sure you aren’t on the back foot early on,” he added.

“I lost to Ali Carter in the Australian Open qualifiers and then lost to Michael Holt in Latvia but to qualify for Shanghai is massive for me and it’s a good start.

“We have got the Paul Hunter Classic coming up at the end of this month in Germany and that will be great because the fans are unbelievable over there.

“It is a great tournament for so many reasons and I am really looking forward to it.”

Wellingborough player Rory McLeod was also involved in the Shanghai Masters qualifiers but missed out at the last stage when he was beaten 5-4 by Alan McManus.