Why were Stephen Hendry’s TV comments on Kyren Wilson so surprising?

Seven-times world snooker champion Stephen Hendry may have surprised many fans last night with his analysis of Kyren Wilson’s career.

The snooker legend is doing TV work this week for ITV4’s live coverage of the Champion of Champions.

But when asked who he felt was going to win between Wilson and Judd Trump during last night’s live show, many watching may have felt surprised by his answer.

Hendry said that he felt Trump had the edge because Wilson “was not yet at the level” to be considered a genuine contender to win major competitions.

Wilson has only won two ranking event titles in his entire career – so one could argue that Hendry has justification in what he said.

But Wilson’s achievements in 2018 compared to Trump’s make for interesting reading.

Stephen Hendry. Picture by Monique Limbos

Wilson started the year by reaching the Masters final and beat Trump in the process – knocking him out at the semi-final stage. The Masters being one of the most prestigious events for any top player to be involved in.

Wilson’s brilliant year continued just a few months later when he reached both the semi-finals of the China Open and the big one – the World Championship. It was the first time Wilson had been involved in the famous one table set up but lost out to John Higgins.

Then Wilson started the season in fine style winning the Paul Hunter Classic in August and then reaching the semi-finals of the big money Shanghai Masters – again showing his that he can play on the big stage.

Kyren Wilson. Picture by Monique Limbos

While on the other hand – and it is open for debate – Judd Trump can’t say he has performed to the same level in 2018.

After losing to Wilson in the semi-finals of the Masters, Trump has only reached the last four in two other ranking events – the German Masters and the Players Championship. He could only make the quarter-finals of the World Championship as his search for Crucible glory goes on.

But more importantly Trump is yet to win silverware so far this year. In fact this could be Trump’s first year without a trophy to his name since 2013.

And judging by the way he played last night, it looks as if Wilson is more of a genuine contender than Trump at this moment of time.

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