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Kyren Wilson’s ‘strange season’ has come to an end with a World Snooker Championship second round defeat to Stuart Bingham, and he does not intend to ‘have about five cues on the go’ next campaign.
The Warrior had a real scrap with Bingham for a place in the quarter-finals, with the match poised at 8-8 after two sessions before the 2015 world champ pulled away to win the game 13-9.
It is a season without silverware for Wilson, with his best finish a run to the final of the Gibraltar Open, but he says that he has been doing alright considering the ‘messing about’ he has been up to.
The 30-year-old says he has been chopping and changing his cue all year which hasn’t helped, but is unconcerned about his form, which he expects to improve after the summer break.
‘It’s been a strange season for me, I’ve had about five cues on the go. I’ve done well considering that I’ve been messing about with cues,’ he said after defeat to Bingham. ‘I’m comfortable with what I’m doing now so I’ll only improve and grow, ready for next season.
‘I don’t think there’s anything different that you can do, to be honest. I think you just need a little bit of luck on your side. When you have that you can go on and win these tournaments.
‘I haven’t quite had it during this match, but it’s all swings and roundabouts, I’ve had my times where it’s gone for me. Obviously you’ve just got to wait your turn.’
After winning the final three frames on Sunday to get to 8-8, Wilson will have been in a good place on Monday morning, but he was frustrated as Bingham won the first four of the day and looked good doing so.
The normally calm Kettering man was talking to himself on a regular basis and asked what he was saying, he couldn’t repeat it.
‘It was: “Beep beep, beep beep, beep beep beep,”‘ Kyren said. ‘No, you’re in there on you own and you have to sort of keep yourself in the moment and it was me looking for my concentration to turn up because it wasn’t quite there today.’
Always respectful, Wilson paid tribute to the man who beat him and said people should not forget the immense achievement Bingham pulled off in Sheffield seven years ago.
‘Obviously the momentum was completely with Stuart today, the first two frames killed my spirit a little bit,’ he said. ‘But Stuart shows what a great champion he is to do that from what I threw at him at 8-8 was very special. Every credit to him.
‘It’s so hard to win this tournament, so anyone who has is a great champion and great player, people shouldn’t forget that.’
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