Kyren Wilson will win the World Championship at some point in his career, says the man who knocked him out of this year’s tournament.
Mark Selby, the 2014 champion, ended qualifier Wilson’s run with a 13-8 victory at the quarter-final stage.
A defiant Wilson vowed he would one day return to snooker’s showpiece event and lift the trophy.
“Kyren is definitely a future world champion,” agreed world number one Selby.
“He was always one to watch and was a potential winner of the tournament.
“Kyren came here as a qualifier but was only just outside the top 16. He has shown this week how capable he is.”
Joining snooker’s elite
Wilson, 24, came through three matches to reach the Crucible and beat top-10 seeds Joe Perry and Mark Allen to reach the last eight.
His run earned him £33,000 in prize money and, more importantly, he will be in the world’s top 16 when the new rankings list is revealed at the end of the tournament.
“Without a doubt I will win this event in the future,” said this season’s Shanghai Masters champion.
“I completely believe in myself and this hasn’t dampened my confidence.”
Wilson will marry fiancee Sophie in the summer and is looking forward to a restful few months before returning refreshed next season.
“There’s the little fact of my wedding – and my stag do,” Wilson said.
“It will be nice to let my hair down and relax with friends and family. I will not go away beating myself.
“I will be back working very, very hard to improve and make sure next season is even better than this one.”
Struggling against Selby
Wilson’s only regret was that he made such a slow start against Selby, finding himself 6-0 down before he got on the board.
“The format has been a little bit strange in the tournament. I have gone straight on to a match when my opponent has had a few days’ rest and I don’t really understand that.
“That is why I got off to slow start. I always knew the quarter-final was potentially going to be a stumbling block,” he said.
“With the qualifiers and the first two matches, I always knew if I got past that I would have chance. But unfortunately I couldn’t get my game together soon enough.
“Mark is a fantastic player and showed his class. He wasn’t on top of his game, but proved he can win when he is not playing well.”