Ruthless Kyren books a Masters quarter-final spot

Kyren Wilson knows that you’ve got to be ruthless to win at snooker’s top table - and that’s exactly what he was in victory over Jack Lisowski at the Masters.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 5:18 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 5:19 pm
Kyren Wilson watches on with Jack Lisowski at the table at the Alexandra Palace

The Kettering star lost the opening two frames in his first-round match at Alexandra Palace, but steadied his head and promptly won the next six to seal a quarter-final berth.

And, after Lisowski missed a vital pink that would have given him a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval, Wilson knew that he had to pounce on his opponent’s lack of concentration.

“Jack started off like a house on fire, going for everything and potting everything like we all know he can do,” he said.

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Kettering's Kyren Wilson in action during his first-round victory over Jack Lisowski in the Dafabet Masters. Pictures by Alex Davidson/Getty Images

“The third frame was a big turning point and obviously the fourth. I got a bit of luck in the third frame and, where the balls were, to clear up from there settled me down. I obviously went on from strength to strength from that point.

“This particular venue and this tournament can amplify the pressure, so when little things happen you have to really take that opportunity and believe that it’s going to hurt your opponent, have that belief that they’re struggling, and it makes you stronger.”

After the break, there only looked like one winner, as Wilson made breaks of 67, 68 and 70 to wrap up the contest, barely giving Lisowski a sniff of returning to his earlier rhythm.

And the Cheltenham native’s afternoon was summed up in the seventh when he called himself on a push shot, handing Wilson the initiative at an inopportune time and leaving him to curse his luck.

“I’ve been ill for like five days, put a new tip on four days ago and my touch just wasn’t there today,” he continued.

“You saw it with that double-hit, push shot and that was because I couldn’t get my tip out of the way in time, it was a bit fatter, and I just didn’t have time to knock it in.

“My preparation hasn’t been great for this tournament and it’s caught up with me in the end.”

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