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China Open, Beijing, 27 March – 3 April 2011

30 March 2011 No Comment


Judd Trump is the China Open champion. You can read about the final here.

Here are some photos of Judd in practice and waiting to start his match this morning:


Judd Trump booked a place in the China Open final on Saturday with a comprehensive defeat of Shaun Murphy.

The 21-year-old Grove cueman was too strong for the 2005 world champion at Beijing’s Students University Stadium, winning 6-1.

It means he will appear in his first ranking tournament final tomorrow against the winner of Ding Junhui and Mark Selby.

Murphy took control of the first frame before Judd snatched it 58-54 – and he doubled his advantage with a break of 64 proving decisive.

Murphy rolled in a 53 in the third to reduce the deficit to 2-1 but Judd won a cagey fourth frame – the longest of the match at more than 27 minutes – to regain his two-frame advantage. Knocks of 43 and 33 enabled him to go 4-1 ahead without dropping a point and he moved to within a frame of victory after looking like throwing the sixth frame away when he missed a black into a middle pocket – seemingly distracted by sunlight from outside shining like a spotlight on the table.

Staring defeat in the face, Murphy potted a long red impressively to revive hopes – but the break collapsed on 33 when he failed to sink a black in attempting to free up a brown at the baulk end. Trump kept his nerve, clearing yellow to pink to wrap up the final frame 74-34 – and make sure of a place in the final.

After the match Judd told World Snooker: “It feels brilliant. It has been five or six seasons and finally I’ve done it.

“Every year that I’ve not got to a final there has been more and more pressure put on me.

“A lot of people started to doubt me and saying bad things like I’m over-hyped but hopefully that will prove a lot of people wrong.

“It does hurt and you start to doubt yourself and if you’re actually that good. But I’ve come back stronger and just tried to prove everyone wrong.

“It’s hard to keep away from seeing the criticism and there’s always going to be one or two that don’t want you to do well, but on the other hand there are many people that do.

“I’ve had a lot of support and people telling me to just wait and now it’s finally come.

“I’ve always known I could do it and my family have known and everyone close to me has known, it’s just taken longer than I thought.”


Another good win for Judd, beating 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon by 5 frames to 1.

Ebdon had little answer to the Grove player’s onslaught as he racked up a century and four other scores over 50.

An opening 130 set the tone for Judd, who went 4-0 up thanks to breaks of 52, 60 and 61.

Typically, Ebdon dug in and two 54 breaks got him on the board, before a 50 from Judd wrapped things up.


Judd continued his good form with a 5-2 win against Mark Davis. His next opponent is Peter Ebdon who beat world champion Neil Robertson 5-1.

Judd talking to the press after his win against Marco Fu


Judd was successful in his first round match against world no 17 Marco Fu, winning 5-3. He now meets Mark Davis tomorrow for a place in the quarter finals.


Some of the Chinese players joining the Grove to take part in the Q School and next year’s PTC events were in action in the wildcard round today.

Cao Yupeng lost 3-5 to Kurt Maflin, Mei Xiwen lost by the same score to Marcus Campbell and Li Yan was defeated 2-5 by Joe Perry. Yu Delu also lost 2-5, to Gerard Greene, on Tuesday.

Ex-Grove player Li Hang was victorious, beating Ken Doherty 5-1.

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