Wilson relishing Crucible test

Englishman Kyren Wilson (40/1 Quarter 2 Winner) is looking forward to the World Championships in Sheffield as the youngster prepares for his first-round match with Ricky Walden.

The Northamptonshire-born 22-year-old produced some impressive performances in the qualifying rounds for the tournament at the Crucible, comfortably defeating Chris Nobury, Alfie Burden and Rod Lawler.

But the most notable victory came in the final match against 2006 world champion Graeme Dott, where Wilson stormed to a 10-7 success after trailing 4-1 at one stage in the match.

The former champion admitted that he was very impressed with how his opponent played in the game, comments which have installed extra confidence into the youngster.

“Graeme was very complimentary and said he was not even upset with how he played,” he said.

“He thought he played well and gave me credit. Coming from him – a former world champion – that is huge.”

The 22-year-old heads into the opening match against Walden (3/10 to win) on Monday in good form and high confidence, with the world number 89 hoping to get his campaign off to a winning start.

“I’m just looking forward to it all – everything about it, I’ll come back ready for Ricky on Monday after relaxing a bit and then I am sure I will be sharp again,” he said.

“He’s a fine player and it will be tough, but I am ready.”

Elsewhere in the tournament, Ronnie O’Sullivan secured a dominating 10-4 victory over Robin Hull to get his title defence off to a positive start, whilst Ken Doherty racked up seven frames in a row against Stuart Bingham to run out a 10-5 winner and claim his first success at the Crucible since 2006.

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