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Wilson reaches second World Snooker Championship final

England’s Kyren Wilson cruised into his second World Snooker Championship final with a 17-11 victory against David Gilbert at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre on Saturday.

Wilson, seeded 12th, took three of the four frames in the third session to wrap up a semi-final success that earned him another shot at the world title after his defeat in the 2020 final against Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Winning five frames in succession in their second session on Friday had done the damage as Wilson turned a clash that was finely poised at 9-9 into a four-frame advantage he never looked likely to squander.

English qualifier Gilbert did reduce the deficit to 14-11 with a break of 70 in the opening frame of the day, but after coming off worse in a lengthy safety battle in the next, his fate was effectively sealed.

Wilson punched the air and blew a kiss to his family in the stand after potting the decisive blue.

He will start as the favourite in the final against Stuart Bingham or Jak Jones, who leads 13-10 heading into the last session of their semi-final on Saturday evening.

Jones is bidding to become the first qualifier to reach the final since Ding Junhui in 2016.

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