Kyren Wilson hopes superb 147 break will lead to UK Championship glory


Kyren Wilson produced snooker perfection at the UK Championship (Picture: REX)

Kyren Wilson knocked in a superb 147 break against Ashley Hugill on Tuesday in the UK Championship and hopes the moment of ‘snooker perfection’ will see him improve his record in the event, which he admits is ‘not the best’.

The Warrior produced the maximum break in frame six of his hard-fought 6-4 win over Hugill, which also saw Wilson make breaks of 107, 92 and 90 to reach the second round.

The 28-year-old has never been past the quarter-finals at the UK Championship and has only reached that stage once, so he is hoping this good form can see him improve his record in the first Triple Crown event of the season.

‘Every event I feel geared up for a good run, I’m in good form, I’m consistently getting results now and I’m always in latter stages of tournaments,’ Wilson told Eurosport.

‘These are the ones that are the most difficult to win because you get your top, top players that try that little bit harder to win these events.

‘Longer format than the best of sevens we’re used to nowadays, 128 in at round one, it’s a long slog so I’ve not got the best record in the UK but it would be nice to change that this week.’

The maximum break was obviously excellent from start to finish but featured a memorable shot to get from the final pink to black, which really caught the eye.

Wilson admits that he didn’t see that kind of display coming after the first few frames, but was delighted to see the 147 go in, not just for him, but as it sees £10,000 donated to the Jessie May Trust thanks to tournament sponsors Betway.

‘The 147 break kind of came out of nowhere,’ Wilson told WST. ‘I felt in really good form coming here. You never know how it is going to pan out.

‘There were numerous kicks for myself and I just felt a bit edgy. To then create snooker perfection, just shows how topsy turvy this game can be. I’m delighted to do it here, that is my first in a Triple Crown event.

‘You know that everyone is watching back home, especially on the TV table. It is something that makes you proud to build up in your career. 147 breaks are hard to come by. There are many great players that have never had one. To have now had three, I am obviously chuffed with that.’

Wilson has now made three maximum breaks in his career and two in 2020 after his perfect effort at the Welsh Open.

The World Championship finalist now faces either Mark Joyce or Eden Sharav in the second round.


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