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WSC 2011 SF – Judd Trump 17-15 Ding Junhui

28 April 2011 No Comment


Judd Trump has reached the final of the World Snooker Championship after a 17-15 victory against Ding Junhui.

Judd Trump shattered Chinese dreams as he became the youngest finalist this century at the Betfred.com World Championship.

The 21-year-old, who came through qualifying to reach the first round, came from 15-14 behind to beat Ding Junhui 17-15 in one of the great Crucible semi-finals, finishing off with a 105 break.

His victory sets up a final against John Higgins or Mark Williams, starting on Sunday.

Trump won the China Open at the start of the month, but is now just one win away from landing the sport’s greatest prize.

Stephen Hendry said on BBC2: “He’s playing with the composure like he’s been there for years. He seems to have come from nowhere almost. I’ve got goosebumps. He must be so thrilled. At 21, to get to the final, as I did as well, it’s an incredible feeling and he must be loving it.”

Trump made a tremendous start to the session, rifling in a long red at high pace to begin a break of 74 which was enough to secure the opening frame, and he went 14-12 ahead thanks to 89 in the next.

That made him favourite, but Ding replied superbly. It was Trump who had the opening chance of the 27th frame, and he potted the first red. However he talked himself into taking on a black which was partially hidden by another red, and as he attempted a swerve shot he struck that very red, giving away seven points and putting Ding in.

It was to prove a costly mistake, with Ding rattling in 138, matching the highest break of this year’s tournament, set by Mark King against Graeme Dott in the first round. Unless that is bettered, Ding and King will share £10,000.

Trump, watched by parents Steve and Georgina and brother Jack, began the fourth frame of the afternoon strongly with a 51 break, but he went against his usual instincts by turning down a slightly awkward black and playing safe.

Ding came back into the frame and won it with a remarkable clearance of 47, adroitly manoeuvring his path through the remaining reds and then expertly nudging the yellow along the cushion to make it available before kissing the brown away from the opposite cushion.

‘Ouch!!’ Trump wrote on Twitter in the interval.

Those judgement calls on the black might have been on his mind, and soon he had more to worry about when he left Ding the chance of a long starting red. In it went and the Chinese capitalised with another century, 119.

The 24-year-old from Wuxi led 48-0 in the next frame too but lost positioning, and Trump came back to win it, finishing off with a run from yellow to pink after laying a good safety which caused Ding to leave him a chance.

A rerack was required in frame 31, and at the second time of asking Ding tore 27-0 ahead. But he missed an easy red, Trump made a 68 break, laid two good snookers from which Ding failed to escape, and Trump suddenly led 16-15.

He finished in spectacular style, ramming in some spectacular pots in a magnificent century. dailymail.co.uk


Judd Trump produced a fine recovery at the Crucible to stay in the hunt for the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship.

Trump began the third session 9-7 down against Ding Junhui and the Chinese player extended his lead further to 10-7 with a break of 64 in the first frame of the night.

It appeared Trump, who had lost the last six frames, was out of contention and unable to recover from his biggest deficit of the tournament so far.

But the 21-year-old showed his mental strength by winning five of the next six to retake the lead at 12-11.

Graeme Dott had questioned whether Trump was strong enough to win the world title and wondered how he would cope if he were to fall behind.

But Trump answered that in style as breaks of 67, 71, 61, 102 and 123 put him back in front for the first time since the 13th frame.

However, there was one final twist in a sensational session of snooker as a break of 87 from Ding saw him win the last and level the match at 12-12.

The match is set for a thrilling conclusion on Saturday afternoon. worldsnooker.com


Judd Trump kept his sensational Betfred.com World Championship campaign going strong by taking a 5-3 lead over Ding Junhui in the first session of their semi-final.

Both players are through to the one-table set-up at the Crucible for the first time, and so far it’s 21-year-old Trump who has coped with it the best as he continues his bid to become the youngest winner since Stephen Hendry in 1990.

In a tremendous start to the match, China’s Ding fired a break of 102 in the opening frame, then Bristol’s Trump responded with a century of his own – 110 – finishing with some exhibition style power pots including a fantastic final red along the side cushion.

Trump came from 37-10 down to win frame three with a 42 clearance, highlighted by a fine positional shot from green to brown. The boy wonder then went 3-1 up by dominating the fourth, but lost a safety battle on the yellow in the next and Ding cleared to take it on the black.

Runs of 30 and 51 put Trump 4-2 ahead, then Ding, who is aiming to become the first Asian player to reach the world final, won the seventh with a break of 43.

The last of the session went to Trump courtesy of a 59, to give him a two-frame cushion going into tomorrow morning’s second session. worldsnooker.com

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