Final 12 months’s Crucible runner-up Kyren Wilson got here from 5-2 down to attain a 13-8 win over Neil Robertson within the quarter-finals of the Betfred World Championship, then said his perception that he can elevate the trophy.
Wilson beat Judd Trump on the similar stage final 12 months and as soon as once more bought the higher of one of many giants of the sport to succeed in the one-table state of affairs. He has appeared in at the least the quarter-finals for six consecutive years and is now via to his third semi. Wilson misplaced to Ronnie O’Sullivan within the last final 12 months; the one factor he has to do to show his Crucible pedigree is to go one step additional and elevate the trophy.
The 29-year-old from Kettering actually has the all-round sport and self-belief to go all the way in which, having outplayed Robertson all through the second and third classes. His subsequent opponent shall be Trump or Shaun Murphy.
Australia’s Robertson got here to Sheffield on the high of his sport having gained the UK Championship and Cazoo Tour Championship this season, however as soon as once more was not capable of produce his free-flowing finest on the largest stage. The 2010 champion has not reached the semi-finals since 2014.
World quantity six Wilson made a 133 within the opening body at the moment to take a 9-8 lead. Robertson had first probability in body 18 however made solely 23. He didn’t rating one other level till he was 11-8 down as Wilson made breaks of 59 and 62 to increase his lead.
Wilson bought the higher of a fragmented twentieth body to make it 12-8 on the interval, then sealed victory within the subsequent with a run of 84.
“I’m delighted to recover from the road,” mentioned Wilson. “As we speak I focussed on what was at stake and what I wanted to do. I channelled the constructive ideas and went for it. The century within the first body at the moment bought me motoring. Neil can go off into the gap in case you let him so I needed to put a cease to that and make him suppose. He can go into his shell generally. When he’s scoring fluently he’s in all probability the most effective participant on this planet so I needed to neutralise that.
“I wasn’t going handy him the desk and say mop them up. I used to be going to attempt to make him earn it and work for it. Neil began the match strongly, he had his scoring boots on. I needed to get the most effective consequence I may out of the primary session, and to be 5-3 down after which 8-8 final night time gave me an ideal alternative going into at the moment.
“Final 12 months Judd was tipped to win the occasion and I managed to beat him, this time Neil was tipped for it and I’ve knocked him out. I imagine in what I can do, I can beat anybody on my day. I don’t see the purpose in being on this sport to only flip up for the cash and say quarter-finals will do. If I lose within the semi-finals I’ll go away from right here irritated, it wouldn’t be adequate. I wish to push on and I imagine I can win it.”
World quantity three Robertson mentioned: “I wasn’t capable of reproduce the shape I confirmed in the previous couple of weeks. It has nonetheless been an excellent season, it’s only a disgrace I couldn’t end it on the only desk right here.
“I really feel I misplaced it within the the second session yesterday. Not each session goes to be free flowing, sure gamers will make it robust and Kyren did that very effectively in opposition to me. I wasn’t adequate to maintain the sport open. I allowed the frames to go on for too lengthy and that knocked me out of my rhythm.”