2021 WST Pro Series Phase 2 – Group 2

Kyren Wilson and Xiao Guodong are through to the final stahe after dominating Group 2 yesterday.

Here is the report by WST:

Wilson And Xiao Reach Final Group

Kyren Wilson won a crucial deciding frame to beat Stuart Carrington 2-1 and top his group in the second phase of the WST Pro Series, earning a place in the final group.

Wilson finished the day with five wins out of seven and a frame difference of plus six, exactly the same record as Xiao Guodong, with Wilson topping the group having won the head-to-head game against Xiao. Ben Woollaston also won five matches but finished third with a frame difference of plus four.

World number six Wilson and number 39 Xiao go through to Sunday’s final group, joining Mark Williams, Ali Carter and four more players. The winner of that group will be crowned champion of the world ranking event on Sunday night.

An exciting group came down to the seventh and last round of matches, with Wilson, Xiao, Carrington and Woollaston all tied on four wins from their first six.

Four-time ranking event champion Wilson faced Carrington, with the winner sure to finish among the top two. Kettering’s Wilson took the opening frame with a break of 51, then Carrington levelled with a superb 137. The decider lasted 33 minutes, Wilson taking it with a match-winning run of 44.

China’s Xiao faced Lu Ning in his final match and won 2-0 to secure his progress. That result ended Woollaston’s hopes, even though he beat Robert Milkins 2-1.

2021 WST Pro Series phase 2 Group 2 table

This has an impact on the race to the Tour Champinship. Indeed, should Kyren Wilson win the Final group he would overcome Ronnie in the one year list and climb to 5th in the Tour Championship seeding and this in turn woud mean that he would face John Higgins in the first round, whilst as things stand Ronnie would face Neil Robertson. It would also mean that Kyren would be in Judd Trumps half of the draw, whilst Ronnie would go to Mark Selby’s half of the draw.

Jack Lisowski could also possibly overcome Ronnie if he goes through today and finishes in the top two in the Final group. Jack will be in action today.

You know what? I’d love that! One or the other, or even both!