In the Cazoo UK Championship, Kyren Wilson made a sensational century break in the deciding frame to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-5 in a tight quarter-final

In a dramatic finale to a high-quality clash in York, O’Sullivan’s hopes of capturing the title for the seventh time were crushed. Because none of the six remaining players has ever played in the final, his departure ensures that the trophy will be handed over to a new name this year.

The world number three, O’Sullivan, went into today’s match as a huge favourite, but he ran into a tenacious opponent, and the Rocket is still waiting for his first trophy since the 2020 World Championship.

Kyren Wilson refers to the victory as one of the best of his career because of the way in which he won, keeping his cool when it counted most.

The world number five has reached the semi-finals of this event for the first time, and he will face Luca Brecel of Belgium at 1 pm on Saturday, who defeated Anthony McGill 6-2. Wilson, 29, of Kettering, would capture his first Triple Crown win and sixth ranking event victory with two more victories.

Wilson got off to a flying start with breaks of 92 and 117 to go 2-0 up, only for O’Sullivan to take the third frame and then hit a 115 to tie the game at 2-2. Wilson overcame a 44-0 deficit in the fifth frame with a 66 clearance, then the roles were reversed in the sixth set when O’Sullivan overcame a 46-0 deficit with a 76 clearance.

After a 71-point break, Wilson took a lead at 4-3. When O’Sullivan went for a risky long pot on the last red in the eighth, he missed his aim and let his opponent move two ahead with three to play. When Wilson missed a long red in the ninth frame, he trailed 35-26, and O’Sullivan punished him with a 64 before tying the game at 5-5 with a clean 83 in frame 10.

In the decider, O’Sullivan had the first chance, but he only potted one red before missing the brown to a baulk corner. Wilson went on to win the match with a 102, which he set up with a long red.

“In terms of how the match went from 5-3, it’s one of my best ever wins,” said Wilson. I had chances to close it out, but it felt like the snooker Gods were against me. So to make a century, in the end, was very pleasing. When you play Ronnie, you play the crowd as well, so you try to stop that from getting on top of you. When I potted the match-winning ball, I couldn’t help celebrating.

I have drilled my routine and worked very hard behind the scenes. It’s all to make sure I can do it under pressure, and I managed to do that today. I go from being the hunter to being the hunted now in terms of rankings, but I don’t see it that way. Luca will probably feel that he has an opportunity to play me rather than Ronnie. I have to use my experience.

O’Sullivan said: “I’m not that disappointed. I quite enjoyed the match.” I never felt like I had any of the momentum, but I enjoyed digging in; it was good fun. That’s how you’re supposed to close out matches if you want to win tournaments.

“These tournaments—the Masters, the UK, and the World—are the ones where you are judged and have the most pressure. It’s where you rate the greatest players of all time. I don’t know if Kyren is now my favourite, but I’m just going to enjoy watching it and working for Eurosport. ”

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