Kyren Wilson conceded he didn’t take his opportunities as his 19-match winning streak was ended by the legendary Ronnie O’Sullivan in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters.
The Kettering star had won back-to-back titles at the Paul Hunter Classic and Six Red World Championship going into the tournament and his good form continued as he progressed to the last four.
However, it was O’Sullivan who secured a place in the final against either Ding Junhui or Barry Hawkins after he clinched a 10-6 victory to move a step closer to defending the title he won a year ago.
O’Sullivan led 5-4 after the afternoon session, but Wilson got the better of the early exchanges in the evening to level at 6-6.
Both players missed chances in the crucial 13th frame, Wilson failing to pot frame-ball blue to a baulk corner, allowing his opponent to clear to the black to move 7-6 in front.
From there, O’Sullivan didn’t look back and powered to the finish line with breaks of 88, 60 and 84.
And Wilson said: “It was a really scrappy and poor match. Ronnie didn’t play to his usual best.
“That was probably his C game. It was nice to see him try hard. In the past he might have thrown the towel in.
“It is probably testament to my own ability that he feels like he has got to try as I am one of the young guns coming through. However, you have to take your opportunities and I didn’t.”
O’Sullivan had some high words of praise for Wilson following the game.
He said: “I’d love to have more battles with Kyren. He is a great competitor and a great guy.
“He has some of the qualities that the older generation have. He loves the sport, gives it everything and pays attention to detail.”