Kyren Wilson showed once again why he is becoming one of the world’s most gifted talents after a solid comeback display saw him reach the English Open final.
The Warrior, as he is nicknamed, showed a tremendous all-round game as he came back from 2-0 down to beat 21-year-old Alexander Ursenbacher – and he did it in impressive style knocking in one century break and six breaks of 50+.
Wilson, 25, will play in his fourth major ranking final on Sunday – his first on English soil. It is the second time this season he has reached a major ranking final after he was runner-up in the recent World Open losing to Ding Junhui.
Ursenbacher, playing in his first major ranking event semi-final after a glorious run in Barnsley, made the dream start to his biggest game yet winning the first two frames with runs of 64 and 84 – playing the brand of attacking snooker which has seen him earn many plaudits in recent days.
But Wilson responded in brilliant fashion in frame three knocking a break of 77 to get back into the contest. He then went into the interval all-square after coming out on top in a close-fought frame.
However Ursenbacher showed the talent he possesses with a brilliant break of 89 after the restart to regain the lead at 3-2.
Once again Wilson responded brilliantly as a break of 124 levelled the scores and from then on he never gave his opponent a chance.
Breaks of 75, 56 and 90 in consecutive frames saw Wilson get over the winning line and move to just one win away from his second major title after winning the Shanghai Masters in 2015.
The world number 15 now awaits the winner of this evening’s second semi-final showdown between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Anthony McGill which starts at 7pm.
The winner of Sunday’s final will receive a cheque for £70,000 and become just the second player in snooker history to lift the Steve Davis Trophy – following Liang Wenbo’s win twelve months ago.