Kyren Wilson reaches World Snooker Championship final after epic victory
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Last Updated: 14/08/20 8:07pm
Kyren Wilson defeated Anthony McGill in an epic final-frame decider to reach his maiden World Snooker Championship final on Friday.
The match went down to frame 33 which was filled with drama and included McGill missing a snooker eight times in succession and effectively concluded when Wilson fluked a green over three cushions.
The frame score finished 103-83 in favour of Wilson, who appeared to struggle to contain his emotions upon fluking the green.
Wilson struggled to contain his emotions at the end of what he described as a "mental" match, and added: "I can't believe it ended like that - I didn't want to send someone home on a fluke."
Both players missed simple chances to claim frame and match before Wilson snookered his opponent on the final red, which was wedged in front of the black in front of the top-right pocket.
McGill missed eight times in a row, leaving him requiring snookers, only for Wilson to step up and screw the white back into the middle pocket, handing the Scot back the initiative.
After Wilson gave away another foul, the red became perched tight on the top lip of the middle pocket, with both players trying and failing to pot it via the bottom cushion.
McGill potted it at the second attempt but with the colours seemingly at his mercy he snookered himself on the green - which Wilson subsequently missed to effectively take the match.
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After an extended safety battle, Wilson fluked the green via three cushions, leaving McGill requiring snookers again and Wilson - who would go on to win the match 17-16 - seemingly struggling to contain his emotions.
Wilson added: "I played a great snooker that I thought had won me the match and if it had finished there it would be a different story, but I went in off the red.
"I couldn't believe what was happening. It was absolutely mental. It was one of the best semi-finals you'll ever see but I wish it hadn't ended the way it did.
"You can't just rely on luck to get you a world crown and whoever I play in the final I've got to produce great snooker and I'm not going to get there by fluking balls.
"I can go out and enjoy the occasion and give it my all. I'm going in there to win the world title to but have the pressure on the other guy hopefully plays in my favour."
Kyren Wilson (Eng) bt Anthony McGill (Sco) 17-16
Frame Scores (Wilson first): 1-83 (83), 0-78 (78), 55-78 (55-53), 71-22 (50), 4-80, 32-104 (69), 65-41, 0-92 (92), 100-0 (100), 78-0 (77), 33-72, 73-0 (73), 28-95, 124-4 (116), 90-0, 77-0 (76), 37-64, 99-1 (99), 34-58, 65-28, 116-4 (116), 60-44, 105-27 (105), 0-136 (136), 94-36 (94), 0-95 (84), 25-106 (87), 7-122 (122), 87-1 (82), 0-89, 6-98 (98), 90-29, 103-83.
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