Kyren Wilson, the snooker player, has continued to compete in tournaments despite his five-year-old son, Bailey, suffering from serious medical problems in recent weeks. The young boy was first hospitalized in January with initial suspicions of a brain or back tumor, but luckily, the diagnosis proved to be incorrect. Wilson shared that Bailey is now showing signs of improvement but is still being monitored for a possible diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease.
Despite the challenges, Wilson has managed to maintain his focus on the snooker table, reaching the semi-finals of the Duelbits Tour Championship after defeating Ali Carter 10-4. The victory was highlighted by a century break and seven other breaks over 50.
Speaking of his recent experiences, Wilson said, “I have sometimes felt that snooker is the be-all and end-all, but this has made me realize how lucky I am, and it has freed me up to just enjoy the game.” He added that it’s important to talk about these things instead of bottling them up.
Wilson will now face Ding Junhui in a best-of-19 battle in Hull on Friday, and he is just two wins away from winning the biggest title of his career. The 31-year-old has already had an impressive season, with a victory at the European Masters and a run to the semi-finals of the Duelbits Players Championship.
In his match against Carter, Wilson initially led 6-2 after the first session before Carter reduced the deficit with a break of 61 in the opening frame of the night. However, Wilson continued to take advantage of Carter’s mistakes and eventually sealed the victory with an 84 in frame 14.
Reflecting on his win, Wilson praised his opponent, saying, “Ali is a class act so I’m chuffed to win. I stepped up when I needed to and made some good clearances. This event is the best eight players of the season so you have to be on your game from the start. One of my main goals for the season was to get into this tournament, and now I have won a match in it for the first time.”
Carter, on the other hand, admitted to playing poorly and throwing away crucial frames. He said, “I was rubbish all day. I threw three or four frames away, and you can’t afford to do that against Kyren.”
Despite the challenges in his personal life, Wilson has shown incredible resilience and focus on the snooker table, and fans will be eagerly watching to see if he can continue his winning streak and claim the biggest title of his career.