Kyren Wilson has found form at the perfect time to beat Mark Williams 3-2 and secure Championship League glory for the second time in six months.
The 29-year-old, who won the ranked version of the tournament in October, struggled with his game for extended periods on Friday but was able to advance to the semi-finals and gain momentum in the round of 16 .
He watched defeat as he fell 2-0 in his last group game, in the semi-finals and the final, but he dug three times to win the prize.
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Williams got off to a great start to the final, hitting in a tough cut on a red in the lower right pocket, then running through the gears to take the opening frame with a break of 127.
Wilson looked well positioned to reach the level, but ran out of position to become a black and paid the price for poor security, as Williams intervened with a 79 break.
Williams had the chance to finish a whitewash, but Wilson surged when the Welshman opted for an ambitious red in the left midfielder. Wilson forced a decision maker and made a bit of history for himself in the process. His 143 was his 23rd century of the event, and that took him beyond Neil Robertson to become the player with the most centuries in a tournament in a single season.
Three-time world champion Williams had been left cold for the better part of two frames, but produced a stunning red opening in a blind pocket. The black that followed was just as good, but he missed a black in attempting to force the issue to open the peloton and Wilson stepped in to claim the victory – confirming his victory in the ranking tournament version of the event more early in the season.
These victories prepare Wilson well for the World Championship, which kicks off on April 17 live on Eurosport, while securing his place in the Champions League.
Wilson reserved his place in the final after winning the last three frames against John Higgins.
Higgins was comfortably the best player in the group stage and was on course for the final after opening up a two-frame lead, but Wilson struck with breaks of 135 and 142 and made a tense decision to advance.
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