'I've avoided moving house by reaching UK Champs quarter-finals,' jokes Wilson

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Crucible runner-up Kyren Wilson is bidding for his first Triple Crown event title at the UK Championship
Crucible runner-up Kyren Wilson is bidding for his first Triple Crown event title at the UK Championship

Kyren Wilson joked his extended stay at the UK Championship isn’t likely to go down well with his wife, after he breezed past former world champion Graeme Dott in the last 16.

The world No.4 had shown his class with a maximum 147 break in his Round 1 win over Ashley Hugill before seeing off Mark Joyce and Kurt Maflin en route to a clash against Dott with a quarter-final spot at stake.

The fine form continued for Wilson as he raced into a 4-0 lead at the mid-session interval with two half-centuries in tow, before seeing the contest off 6-1 with a break of 82 in the final frame.

And following his latest convincing win at the first Triple Crown event of the season, the 2020 World Championship runner-up revealed he has had to shelve his plans for Friday with a last-eight tie to come.

“I was supposed to be moving house tomorrow so I’m glad I got out of that one,” said Wilson, 28. “My wife will be spewing at home knowing she’s got to do it herself!

“I feel like I’ve been really solid all week and I’ve shown it again there. I knew I had to be because Graeme’s one of the best match players there is.

“Even at 5-1 I couldn’t write him off so I wanted to keep him under pressure. I tried to keep it tight and when I got opportunities for long shots I tried to punish him as much as I could, and I’m delighted to get the win.”

Standing in Wilson’s way of a place in the semi-finals is world No.1 Judd Trump, who the Kettering potter got the better of in the Championship League final back in October.

And with four ranking event titles now to his name as well as final appearances at the Masters and the Crucible, Wilson believes he is ready to finally get over the line at one of snooker’s most prestigious events.

He added: “I’ve played on the TV more or less every game this week and I feel like I belong there. The more you play the more you feel comfortable and I’m feeling good.

“You can’t fall over the line against the best players and I know it’s going to be tough against Judd.

“We’ve played each other a lot but that’s going to happen. We’re similar ages, we’re both at the top end of the rankings. It’s good for the game and I’m looking forward to going out there and giving it my best shot.”

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