Wilson’s loss of the first championship is still a breakthrough
News from the official website of the China Billiards Association In the early morning of January 22, Beijing time, the 2018 Snooker Masters all ended. In the final, Karen Wilson, who logged into the biggest invitational tournament for the second time, drove high and low, and finally lost to Northern Ireland star Mark Allen 7-10, missing the first three titles of the post-90s generation. Nevertheless, Wilson declared with his own actions that the post-90s are really here and they are rising!
Wilson was born in 1991 and he is from England. In 2010, he obtained a one-year professional qualification, but after exhausting the entire season, he was removed from the professional stage due to poor performance. In the 2012/13 season, Wilson frequently participated in the PTC mini-point tournament open to everyone as an amateur player, and finally earned enough points to be re-entered into the 128 professional roster in 2013. This time, he staggered to gain a foothold.
Time came to 2015, location: Shanghai Stadium. That year’s Shanghai Masters, Wilson suddenly broke out, Linke veteran Joe Perry, “Assassin” Holt, the host’s top star Ding Junhui, and today’s opponent Mark Allen, broke into the final 10-9 victory. Trump, who is a lot taller, won the only ranking tournament so far. Prior to this, Wilson’s best result in the rankings was only the top eight, and only once.
After winning this championship, Wilson is like a different person, with more and more outstanding results and more and more stable performance. After that, he entered the finals at the 2016 Indian Open, last year’s World Open and the England Open. Although all three times ended in runner-up, it was enough to make him one of the top 16 elites in the world, and therefore won only TOP16. Open qualifications for the Masters Invitational Tournament.
Last year, Wilson became the first post-90s player to appear in the Masters. Like almost all players who log in to the Masters for the first time, Wilson only walked around the edge and immediately became a spectator. At that time, he went home early and was Ding Junhui from China.
After a year, Wilson made a comeback. This time he was accompanied by two other new faces born in the 90s, namely the Belgian star Brecher and the Scottish teenager McGill. Unsurprisingly, the two little comrades-in-arms had a round trip. Wilson showed a completely different look. After all, he is already a second year in the Masters. In the first round, he eliminated the 2016 Masters runner-up Hawkins 6-4, winning the first victory for the post-90s generation.
Obviously, Wilson was not satisfied with this, and then he defeated Mark Williams, one of the 75 three masters and two Masters titles under his name, 6-1. In the semifinals, he met Trump on a narrow road. Wilson was 2-5 behind and won four consecutive games, 6-5 staged a big reversal, becoming the first post-90s to enter the Masters final.
Compared with the predecessors, the time of the rise of the post-90s army is seriously lagging behind. Up to now, only Wilson, Michael White, McGill, and Brecher have won the ranking championships. Those who have reached the finals include China’s Cao Yupeng and the “a little anxious” teenager Yan Bingtao.
In the three major tournaments (World Championships, British Championships and Masters), the results of the post-90s generation are even more ugly. But this week, Wilson successfully rewrote this situation. Not only did he end the invincible history of the post-90s in the Masters, he also made it to the finals in one go, becoming the first post-90s in the finals of the three major tournaments. Therefore, Wilson became the 90s. Controversial leader. Although he failed to win the trophy, it was still a big breakthrough. I believe that under his leadership, more post-90s outstanding will catch up and inject new vitality into the world of Taiwan.