SHANGHAI Masters semi-finalist Michael Holt said reaching the last four of a major competition for the first time was a ‘brilliant’ feeling.
Holt, who was bidding to make his first semi-final in a major event, continued his fine form with a 5-1 win against talented 21-year-old Kyren Wilson who knocked out Stuart Bingham and Marco Fu earlier this week.
Before today’s match, Holt’s highest run in the sport’s major events was the quarter-final stages – but now he stands just one win away from reaching his first final.
Speaking after the game, the 35-year-old said the match was not as easy as the final scoreline suggested.
“It feels brilliant,” he said. “Kyren has great potential so it’s a good win for me.
“The scoreline makes it looks easy but it wasn’t like that, you go through so many emotions in a match. I felt in control of myself, which is the main thing for me because then someone has to play well to beat me.
“Kyren has proved this week that he can play in a big arena which is a big step for anyone. I’m disappointed that I haven’t done this before but that’s in the past and I can only look forward.
“I feel great physically and mentally.”
Holt will face China’s Xiao Guodong on Saturday after the 24-year-old beat Mark Davis to also make a major ranking semi-final for the first time.