Champion of Champions 2018 – Kyren Wilson joins Ronnie in the final

Kyren Wilson beat Mark Allen in a deciding frame yesterday, to book his p)lace in the Final. He will play Ronnie over a best of 19 today in Coventry.

Here is Worldsnooker’s report on the match:

Kyren Wilson ended Mark Allen’s hopes of winning back-to-back titles, taking an exciting match 6-5 to reach the final of the ManBetX Champion of Champions.

Allen won last week’s International Championship in China but his streak was ended in a high quality contest which featured two centuries and nine more breaks over 50. Wilson goes through to face Ronnie O’Sullivan in Coventry on Sunday, with first to ten frames to take the £100,000 top prize.

World number nine Wilson will be seeking his third title of the season having won the Paul Hunter Classic and Six Red World Championship.

The first six frames tonight were shared, Allen making breaks of 99, 99 and 109 while Wilson fired in 63, 57 and 98. Kettering’s 26-year-old Wilson then enjoyed runs of 66 and 125 as he pulled 5-3 ahead, only for Allen to take the next two with 53 and 72.

In the decider, Wilson had first chance and made 30 before running out of position, then laid a tough snooker behind the yellow, and from the chance that followed he made a match-winning 86.

Mark Allen was made favourite by all the pundits (and myself) based on the way he played in Daqing and in the group stage in Coventry. Yesterday, however, he made more mistakes and his long potting wasn’t as reliable as he needed to be. It’s hard to know why this happened; maybe nothing at all as players are just human and every day is different. But maybe – only maybe – he put too much pressure on himself, as he has done sometimes in the past. Indeed during his prematch interview, he admitted that he was already thinking about the final and felt strong enough to beat Ronnie, whilst Kyren refused to go that route and simply said he would focus on the semi-final match.

Ronnie likes Kyren and is appreciative of his work ethic. This should be a good match today.


5 thoughts on “Champion of Champions 2018 – Kyren Wilson joins Ronnie in the final

  1. I’m afraid if Ronnie will ever come back from losing 3 close CoC finals in a row here…
    The key was not to make 9-6 from the clear chance.
    It’s over. Kyren plays his best from that point

  2. Ronnie has done a good job this season of spacing out his tournaments so that when he shows up, he has the energy and motivation he needs to win.

    But he has now reached the one part of his schedule this season where he won’t get much of a break between events, and I mostly expect him to win 3-4 matches in Northern Ireland before bowing out to sit on the couch with Eurosport and save his energy for the UK Championship.

    After that, he’ll probably have very little energy left for the Scottish Open, and he’ll probably be feeling annoyed again at how jam-packed the schedule is…

  3. Ronnie will play Tuesday afternoon at the Belfast, not tomorrow. Willson will play tomorrow afternoon.
    My opinion is the reason for the Sunday’s final is ITV4 & money.

    • Indeed, and I’m sure they also wanted to have some of the top players playing in Belfast on Monday, to increase appeal.

  4. Or perhaps the continuous playing and travelling finally caught up with him. It takes a lot of emotional energy to win a tournament. What he needs is a few days off to recharge, but of course he won’t get that, as he’ll be travelling today to Belfast for his game tomorrow afternoon (albeit an easy one). Kyren Wilson is also due to play tomorrow, at 1pm in Belfast. I find it very hard to see how he’s going to make it in time! Why on earth did they decide to schedule some of the CofC players on Monday, and why didn’t they play the CofC semi-finals in one day and the final on Saturday?

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