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Kyren Wilson continued his fantastic record at the Crucible with a memorable first round win over Ding Junhui on Wednesday night, and he says his Sheffield success is simply down to putting more effort in for the sport’s biggest tournament.
The Warrior was handed a brutal opening contest at the Crucible, with the 14-time ranking event winner coming through qualifying to take on a seed.
It was as good a match as had been advertised, with Ding knocking in three tons and Wilson managing two and two more of over 90 in a 10-8 victory.
Wilson lost on his Crucible debut back in 2014, but since then has not failed to reach the quarter-finals in his six visits to South Yorkshire since, making two semis and a final.
He was enjoying himself out there in the Crucible, and simply says he focuses his attention on the World Championship more than other events, which is the secret of his success.
‘I felt good to be honest. I’m racking up the years in experience here,’ Wilson told Eurosport. ‘I don’t know what it is about this place. I just feel very, very comfortable.
‘There’s probably other venues I don’t feel as comfortable. I just think this suits my personality.
‘I just put more effort into this one. I’ve got a young family. Two kids, a wife.
‘I want to be the best in this game but to me this is the one that stands out. When I hang my cue up, this is the one I want on my CV.
‘Don’t get me wrong, you’ve got the Masters, the UK, but this is the one, the ultimate test. This is the one you want to be a part of.’
Proving his superb mindset for the game is the fact that Wilson fancied Ding to be a good draw, when many considered the Chinese superstar to be just about the worst a seed could get.
‘Honestly, not in a disrespectful way, but I thought it was a good draw,’ he said.
‘I looked at it and thought, if I come through that game – and I fancied coming through it – it’s going to set me up for what’s to be a good tournament.
‘You know you’ve got to play well to beat Ding, so I didn’t mind really.’
Wilson now takes on Stuart Bingham in the second round in a battle between the two beaten semi-finalists from last year’s World Championship.
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