Belgium’s Luca Brecel is looking to seal the biggest win of his career at York on Sunday after revealing he almost missed his quest to become the first player from the continent. Europe landed ‘three crowns‘ position.
Brecel washed away for four centuries plus twice broke more than 80 to sink Kyren Wilson 6-4 and reach Great Britain Championship in the end, started with a distance of 130 and ended his victory in ice cool fashion with a performance of 112.
But the 26-year-old, a two-time ranked event winner, said he was less alarmed earlier this week when he narrowly missed his fourth-round clash with Anthony Hamilton because he was stuck in the toilet of his apartment.
Brecel said: “I was in the apartment and I just locked myself – I locked the door (toilet). I don’t know how to open it and I thought, oh my God I’m locked.
“I had to play Anthony Hamilton so I was a bit nervous. I was there for 10 minutes. It felt like two hours.
“I was very nervous not being able to play Hamilton. It’s 12 hours 20 minutes and 10 minutes walk to the location. I had to walk quickly. But anyway I beat him 6-1 so I could stay there longer.”
Brecel, the youngest player to win the world championship at Crucible in 2012, set the scene of the biggest game of his career against Wilson in stunning style, opening with a 130th clearance and a second-century comeback after Wilson responded with 121.
Brecel may have lived a third century in the fourth frame before an unfortunate split allowed Wilson to turn pink and level for the second time at 2-2.
Wilson, tipped to be strong to make his belated breakthrough at a major after sinking Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final eight games, took the lead for the first time by breaking through the fifth bracket. .
But he could only sit and marvel at the onslaught that followed as Brecel made the third century of the match, followed by breaks 97 and 80, to move a frame.
The remarkable standard continues as Wilson responds with 83 to reduce the deficit to 5-4, but if the magnitude of the opportunity comes to Brecel, he has yet to show it.
With the balls well placed after a lengthy safety exchange at the top of the 10th frame, the Belgian entered the finish with a flourish, an impressive cross brace that sealed a fourth century and a spot in Sunday’s final where he will play either. Barry Hawkins or Zhao Xintong.
Brecel added: “It’s unbelievable to put on such a performance in such a big game. “If I play like that again in the final, I don’t think I can be beaten.”
Wilson admits he can’t complain about the results, which leaves him still searching for the elusive first ‘triple crown’ title of his career.
“The better man won the day, and to do that under the maximum pressure out there is very impressive,” said Wilson.
“As long as I leave things out there and feel like I’ve done my justice, then at the end of the day there will be two people there and the better man of the day will win.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/snooker/kyren-wilson-uk-championship-belgium-york-europe-b1969948.html Luca Brecel seals spot in UK Championship final before revealing toilet scare