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Kyren Wilson breaks century record and sticks it to critics in Championship League win

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Kyren Wilson has claimed another title (Picture: Matchroom)

Kyren Wilson won a Championship League title for the second time this season, breaking the record for most centuries in a single event in doing so and feels he has proved his critics wrong once again.

Wilson made 23 centuries over the tournament, setting a new record for tons in a single event, previously set by Neil Robertson at the 2014 Championship League.

The Warrior only finished fourth in the Winners’ Group of the Championship League on Friday, with three wins from six matches enough to scrape into the semi-finals.

From there he edged out John Higgins 3-2 and then came from 2-0 behing to beat Mark Williams 3-2 in the final and claim the title.

The 29-year-old won the ranking version of the Championship League earlier in the season and has now added this edition to his trophy cabinet after beating Williams, Judd Trump and Zhou Yuelong earlier in the Winners’ Group.

Wilson feels it is ideal preparation for the World Championship, starting on 17 April, while he is also glad to silence some more critics with his superb century achievement.

Last year’s World Championship finalist has often been criticised for his cue ball control, but feels that his mammoth amount of tons should prove the doubters wrong.

‘It’s a brilliant event to win,’ said Wilson. You have all the best players in the world in it and it is tough to win, so I’m delight to win two in a row.

‘I like the setup, Matchroom are quality, and you are playing the best in the world. It’s fantastic preparation for the World Championship.

‘There are so many records flying about in snooker, it is hard to get your hands on one. It shows how much I have improved this season; one of my criticisms was my cue ball control so to smash that out of the park and have a new world record is awesome.

‘I was putting myself under pressure all through the group because I knew I needed four to break the record. Coming into day two I hadn’t made one but at 2-0 down to Zhou I had my first. In the semis and final I had three more, so I am delighted with that.

‘I am pleased to get into the Champion of Champions because it is a huge tournament and I was a frame away from getting that title in 2018, so it is great to have the chance to play in that.’

Wilson’s first Championship League success this season came with a much bigger trophy (Picture: Matchroom)

The Championship League is a unique format giving some players multiple chances to qualify for the Winners’ Group and Wilson had played in four groups before reaching the final stage, meaning his 23 centuries came from 37 matches so it is still an impressive rate nonetheless.

Things could have been so different for Wilson as he was very nearly eliminated from his first group of the event, finishing fifth in Group 2 back in January, only ahead of Gary Wilson on frame difference, with Gary eliminated.

The Championship League is the final action of the season before the World Championship gets underway with the qualifiers on Monday.

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