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Kyren Wilson 11/1 to defend World Snooker Championship crown in 2025

Kyren Wilson captured his maiden World Snooker Championship title with an enthralling 18-14 success over Jak Jones in the 2024 Crucible showpiece, and we've priced him up at 11/1 to retain his crown in 12 months time.

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'The Warrior' held off a spirited fightback from Welsh qualifier Jak Jones on Monday night to land his maiden Triple Crown title and £500,000 in Prize Money to propel him up to third place in the World Rankings.

Jones had threatened the most unlikely of comebacks when he pegged Wilson back to just three frames in the fourth, and final, session of play, but most of the damage had been done on Sunday, where the 32-year-old raced into a 7-0 lead to leave the pre-tournament 200/1 outsider with an almost insurmountable mountain to climb.

The Welshman - who had come through two rounds of qualifying and seen off the likes of Judd Trump and Stuart Bingham en-route to his maiden ranking event final - staged an impressive fightback to test the mettle of his opponent, but Wilson held his nerve to haul himself past the winning post.

It capped off a remarkable 17 days' for the Kettering cueist who, by his own standards, had endured one of the more challenging seasons of his professional career, with a run to the last four of the German Masters earlier this year being his only expedition beyond the quarter-finals, prior to his Sheffield success.

Wilson, in the process, denied Jones the status of becoming the first player since Shaun Murphy in 2005 to win the World Snooker Championship as a qualifier, adding the Cwmbran-born potter to his list of victims, having already beaten Dominic Dale, Joe O'Connor, John Higgins and Dave Gilbert to reach a second Crucible final.

As the ticker tape rained down onto the hallowed green baize in South Yorkshire, it was clear to see what the victory meant to Wilson - a player who suffered the ultimate anguish of defeat in his previous appearance on the grandest stage against Ronnie O'Sullivan four years earlier.

Wilson's 'Warrior' moniker typifies his fighting spirit however, and whilst Jones - 33/1 to go the full distance in 2025 - was asking serious questions of him during one last heroic effort to turn the final on its head, Wilson's pursuit of greatness was unwavering; showcasing his quality, grit and composure to land the biggest prize the sport has to offer.

"I have dreamed of this moment for as long as I can remember - it was so nice to have the family there and let out emotions, because we have been on a real rollercoaster of a journey since I was six years old," he told the BBC following his triumph.

"My mum and dad have remortgaged and sacrificed their whole lives to get me here. My brother and wife too. The list goes on and on, it's a massive team effort.

"On YouTube one of my worst things to see is me crying with Jason Mohammed at the Masters and this is going to be even worse! I said I'd never do it again but I just couldn't help it.

"I have given everything over the past two and a bit weeks, I held myself together, kept myself composed and Jak fought and fought and fought, and made it so difficult for me!"

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