The qualifier Kyren Wilson won his first ever ranking event title after beating Judd Trump 10-9 in the Shanghai Masters final.
Wilson had never previously been beyond the quarter-finals of a ranking event, but went all the way to the £85,000 top prize at the Grand Stage in Shanghai.
The young Englishman, who defeated Mark Allen 6-1 in the semi-final match, produced solid snooker in the first session of the final scoring breaks of 71, 85 and 62 to lead 6-3 before the evening session.
Wilson won the 10th frame leading 7-3 and 8-4 after the 12th frame, but Trump then won three consecutive frames to narrow the gap 7-6.
The world #54 won the 16th frame before Trump won two straight frames with runs of 89 and 60 to level the score and put Wilson under enormous pressure.
But the Kettering 23-year-old produced a break of 75 to secure a thrilling 10-9 triumph and a first ever ranking event title.
“It’s every player’s dream to win his first ranking title. It will always stay in my memory.”
“This is my breakthrough, just like Judd had his when he won the (2011) China Open,” said Wilson, who only received the necessary visa on the day he flew to Shanghai last week. “I’ve got to stay grounded and keep practicing hard. You’ve got to be so consistent to beat the top players.”
“I felt like crying at the end because it means so much to me. It felt as if it was slipping away from me, so to pull through in the end was just a relief.”
“The fans were fantastic and the noise will live with me forever.”
“Judd put me under a lot of pressure from 9-7 down. He goes for his shots and you never feel safe against him.”
“I got a half chance in the last frame with a red to a middle pocket and I just thought ‘this is my time.’ Luckily it went in and I cleared up.”
“I didn’t want it to go to 9-9 but you just have to stay in the present and deal with what is in front of you.”
“There wasn’t much I could do from 9-7, I just had to stick in there and wait for a chance.”
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Trump, who also lost the 2012 Shanghai final 10-9 to John Higgins, said: “I played so badly in the first session. Tonight I played OK but I threw a lot of frames away.
I had more than enough chances to win, though I didn’t get one in the last frame and he made a really good break. It’s good to get to a final but disappointing to lose.”
Wilson won three matches to qualify for the 2015 Shanghai Masters and came through a wildcard round match in China, before beating Joe Perry 5–2 and Michael Holt 5–1.
In Wilson’s second career ranking event quarter-final he led home favourite Ding Junhui 3–1, before Ding levelled at 3–3.
The match went to a deciding frame which Wilson won on the final black. Wilson then dominated Mark Allen 6–1 to reach his first ranking final.
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