Champion of Champions

Wilson impresses again in champions event

NEW kid on the block Kyren Wilson continued to shine after victories over Judd Trump and Zhou Yuelong secured him a spot in the Champion of Champions semi-finals.

Kyren Wilson. Picture by Monique Limbos

Kyren Wilson. Picture by Monique Limbos

The Kettering based talent repeated history in Coventry on Tuesday after he beat Trump yet again – just two months after beating him to win the Shanghai Masters title in September.

Wilson made breaks of 78 and 50 to earn a 4-2 win over Trump who made the final of last year’s event.

Then in the night match, Wilson dominated his quarter-final tie against 17-year-old Yuelong winning 6-3 to book his place in Saturday’s semi-final draw.

In the past two years Wilson would have been watching the tournament on the TV screens hoping his day would come. And on Saturday he will compete to win a place in the final.

The opening day of the event saw more frustration for world champion Stuart Bingham after he fell to a 4-3 loss to Yuelong in the Group Stage match.

Bingham, who won the World Championship in May, led 3-1 before the talented Chinese teenager won three frames on the bounce to clinch an impressive win.

The defeat means Bingham goes into the UK Championship, which starts in a fortnight’s time, in a poor run of form after early exits in the International Championship, two European Tour events and now the Champion of Champions.

Wednesday sees recent International Championship winner John Higgins face Ali Carter and Joe Perry take on Michael White. Both winners will then face each other in the evening match.

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