SNOOKER star Kyren Wilson has said there is far more to come from him following an impressive performance in his first major event.
The 21-year-old was one of the shining stars of last month’s Shanghai Masters after giant-killing victories over Stuart Bingham and Marco Fu earned him a place in the quarter-finals of the major ranking event.
Unfortunately for the Kettering potter he was undone by Michael Holt in his last eight encounter but he followed up his good form this week with a convincing 6-1 win over Jamie Cope to secure his place in the International Championship – one of the sport’s biggest competitions.
Speaking to The Old Green Baize, Wilson said he was thrilled to have had a good run despite not playing at his best.
“I was gutted I didn’t give more of an effort in the quarter-finals but if somebody said before my first major ranking tournament I’d get to the last eight I would have bit their hand off.
“To be honest I didn’t really play well so to beat both Stuart Bingham and Marco Fu when I’ve not been at my best gives me the confidence to think what I can achieve when I am on my game.
“It’s made me very hungry for more success. I’ve had a lot of support back home and want it an even bigger response next time . The only way I can do it is going further games and winning tournaments.
“I’ve got a hell of a lot more potential to show the snooker public. When everything falls into place I feel I can be a handful for anybody.”
Away from the playing side, Wilson said he was delighted over the royal-like reaction he received from the Chinese fans as he gained a first insight into the glamour life of being a snooker player.
The reaction he received was so good and popular it almost drove Kyren’s fiancé to tears.
“To be honest I’m not very well known yet in snooker and I thought the fans wouldn’t know me and that I’d have to prove myself,” he added.
“But as soon as I got there I was treated like royalty. There was a TV crew at the airport who asked me questions and there were fans at the hotel wanting to have pictures with me which was surreal. I loved it.
“My fiancé could not believe it and she was nearly in tears with the response I got.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better first venue, I hope its the first of many more to come.”