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PTC8: The Alex Higgins International Trophy, Killarney, 20-23 October 2011

21 October 2011 No Comment

The Grove’s Judd Trump reached the final of round 8 of this year’s PTC, the Alex Higgins International Trophy, in Killarney, Ireland.

Picture: Monique Limbos

Judd started his campaign with a 4-3 win against Adam Wicheard and followed this up with wins against Andrew Norman (4-2), Marco Fu and Stephen Lee (both 4-0) and Alan McManus (4-1). He managed to defeat current world no 1 Mark Selby 4-1 in the semi-final but was unable to maintain his momentum and lost to Neil Robertson by the same scoreline in the final. Another great week’s work for Judd though who has now risen to no 6 in the provisional world rankings.Final Neil Robertson [11] 4 - 1 Judd Trump [3] h2h

Yu Delu also made it through to the final day, starting with a 4-0 victory over fellow Grove player Jack Lisowski and following this up with two 4-2 wins against Andy Hicks and Andy Duffy. Delu met in-form Stuart Bingham in the last 16 and was defeated 1-4.

Ronnie O’Sullivan started with a 4-0 win against India’s Aditya Mehta but wasn’t able to make it to nine consecutive PTC match wins as he lost 1-4 to Xiao Guodong in round two.

Liu Song also won his first round match 4-3 against Simon Bedford but then lost 1-4 to world no 28 Ryan Day, who included a break of 142 in his victory.

Zhang Anda made it through to the final stages after beating Martin Ball 4-1 in the first qualifying round and then receiving a bye through the second after the withdrawal of Jak Jones. Anda was then unfortunate to lose 3-4 against world no 13 Mark Allen in round one.

Chen Zhe lost in the first qualifying round 3-4 to Jordan Brown.

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