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Wilson optimistic of Coventry triumph

World number nine Kyren Wilson feels he has a good chance of winning the Champion of Champions after thrashing Judd Trump to reach the semi-final stage of the competition.

Wilson, who has already added the Paul Hunter Classic and Six-red World Championship to his CV this season, eased past Welshman Mark Williams 4-1 in round one before producing another dominant performance to dispatch Trump 6-1 in the quarter-finals.

The 26-year-old Englishman made six centuries against his compatriot – which included breaks of 125 and 131 in frames five and six – to book his last-four spot for the first time since 2015.

Trump, who has yet to pick up a title in this campaign, looked woefully out of sorts but he is still 10.00 to win the 2019 World Championship, which takes place at the Crucible from April 20-May 6.

Wilson, who is 6.00 to win triumph at the Ricoh Arena, will now have a break until Saturday before his semi-final match and he is feeling confident about his chances of lifting the trophy.

“I was solid in my first match against Mark Williams, I played good match snooker,” he said. “I felt I needed to up it tonight because Judd is a very heavy scorer. I’m very pleased with my performance.

“I’ve had a good start to the season and had a run where I didn’t lose a match for a long time. That relaxes you for the rest of the season and that’s why I’m producing my best form now. I feel as if I’m in with a shout of winning this.”

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