Gary Wilson states that Kyren thought Kyren’s attitude was disgusting after she let off steam

Alex Livie

Gary Wilson has revealed there was mid-match tension between himself and Kyren Wilson in their Scottish Open quarter-final on Friday.

Gary battled back from 3-1 down to claim a 5-3 win, and said he was surprised to get over the line after a ‘disgusting’ and ‘dreadful’ performance.

He went into the interval trailing by two frames and revealed he “had a lob at one of the balls” to let off steam.

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Gary returned after the break to win four frames on the spin, including an epic 43-minute seventh, to book his place in the semi-finals against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh who toppled Judd Trump earlier in the day.

The two players had a lengthy discussion at the end of the match, and the 37-year-old from Wallsend said Kyren claimed he was impacted by what went on at the interval.

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“I lost my head to be honest,” Wilson told Eurosport. “I went into the practice room and had a lob at one of the balls.

“To be fair, I want to say a kind of sorry to Kyren. He did say after the match that he thought my attitude was disgusting in the interval and when I left the red over the pocket. I just said I was only having a laugh with the crowd with the red over the hole. Things weren’t going too well for both of us then so I was just trying to lighten the mood.

“I asked him what he meant and he said ‘at the interval I could hear a bang.’ I said ‘I did not mean anything towards you, that was just me getting annoyed’.

“He said ‘it can affect your opponent’ and I said ‘sorry if it did, it was not my intention’. I was just letting off a bit of steam in the interval, which I feel I am perfectly entitled to do.

“If he felt he was affected by that I kind of apologise because I did not mean that at all, I am not like that, butt at the same time I am entitled to let off a bit of steam. He was not even anywhere near me.”

Reflecting on his performance, Wilson said: “It was dreadful. I dragged him down to my level, it was disgusting.

“But at the end of the day I have a win and it is a great win.

“You can’t keep playing like that and expecting to win. But I seem to do this every now and again and have a decent run in something.

“I think I have got bottle, even though I have no technique at times. I feel like I can hold myself together and play the easy shots.”

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