York exit ‘not good enough’ for Kyren

Kyren Wilson was disappointed after his UK Championship exit this week
Kyren Wilson was disappointed after his UK Championship exit this week

Kyren Wilson insists a last-32 exit at the UK Snooker Championship was simply not good enough after crashing out on Tuesday afternoon.

The Kettering cueman failed to produce his best snooker as he went down 6-1 to Tom Ford at York’s Barbican Centre.

Wilson did make a break of 84 to clinch the fourth frame but Ford made five half-centuries in an efficient performance to book a place in the last 16.

The 23-year-old won his first ranking event by winning the Shanghai Masters in September and with him now targeting further tournament victories, he claims he can’t be happy despite beating Paul Davison and Mike Dunn this week.

“There aren’t any positives for me from this event,” the Kettering man said.

“I wanted to be winning tournaments and the last 32 is not really good enough anymore.

“I beat two very good players to start with but I wanted to do well in the UK but it’s not to be this year.

“I don’t think it’s me being pig-headed – I’m a very determined young man and I want to be winning tournaments.

“When you put things into perspective, the last 32 just isn’t good enough if you want to be winning tournaments.

“I’m going to try and do my best in Gibraltar, qualify for the German Masters before having a nice little break and try to kick on in the new year.”

Breaks of 56 in frame one and 67 in frame three enabled Leicester’s Ford to race into a 3-0 lead in York.

And Wilson acknowledges that slow start more or less condemned him to defeat.

“It was just one of those games really – I missed a silly ball in the first frame and let Tom settle very early,” added the world No.22.

“You have to put those sort of players under pressure early on. He’s a very fluent, attacking player and if you don’t put him under pressure he can get into his stride and make a few breaks.

“We both had good fortune throughout the match but Tom seemed to have good fortune at crucial times.

“I can’t take anything away from him though, he played very well and good luck to him in the next round.”

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