...By Adetayo Ajala for TDPel Media.
Kyren Wilson achieved the first 147 break at the 2023 World Snooker Championship during his first-round match against Ryan Day.
The seventh seed performed flawlessly, potting 15 reds and 15 blacks to join the elite group of players who have achieved this feat at the Crucible in Sheffield.
Wilson’s impressive performance drew praise from spectators who believe he is one of the best players in the game.
Despite being a runner-up to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the 2020 World Snooker Championship, Wilson has reached the quarter-finals of six out of the last seven tournaments.
However, he lost in the second round to Stuart Bingham in 2022.
Wilson will face 10th seed John Higgins in the next round, and a victory could see him advance to the latter stages of the competition.
Neil Robertson was the last player to achieve a 147 break at the World Snooker Championship in 2022, while John Higgins recorded the 11th in 2020.
Stephen Hendry was the first player to achieve this feat in 1983, and eight of the first 12 players to do so at the Crucible went on to win their respective matches.
Wilson’s accomplishment marks only the second time in World Championship history that maximums have been recorded in back-to-back years, with Hendry’s 147 in 2009 following O’Sullivan and Ali Carter’s achievements in the previous year.