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Judd Trump wins the 2020 World Grand Prix

21 December 2020 No Comment

Judd Trump won his twentieth ranking title and the sixth of the year defeating Jack Lisowski by 10-7 in the 2020 World Grand Prix Final.

The tournament was played under social distancing rules at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes from December, 14 to December 20, 2020.
Neil Robertson was the defending champion but lost by 4-2 to Robert Milkins in the first round (last 32). Ding progressed to the last 16 where he lost to Hossein Vafaei, by 4-1.

The two remaining Grove players in the tournament, Judd Trump and Jack Lisowski went all the way to contest the final. Each of them faced a potentially tough task in the semi-finals: Judd beat Ronnie O’Sullivan by 6-1, whilst Jack got the better of Mark Selby, winning the match by 6-4.

The Final looked to be a one-sided affair when Judd lead by 7-2, but Jack showed a lot of heart and battled his way back to 7-5 and 8-7. Judd however eventually prevailed, winning by 10-7. It was a great match and both finalists were happy with their performance.
Speaking after the match:

Jack said:

I upped my game tonight and put him under pressure, I was on a roll. But I lost a couple of frames from 50 or 60 ahead. The clearance he made to go 8-6 was ridiculous. I’m pleased to have pushed the best player in the world and made him work for it. It has been an amazing week and my game is going in the right direction.

And Judd added:

It was an extremely good game, Jack made it very hard for me,” said Trump. “He played some of the best snooker I have ever seen, everything he looked at was going in. I had to make a couple of really good clearances. The clearance to go 8-6 was massive because I didn’t want him to get back level.I had to stay patient tonight and capitalise on the tiny mistakes he made. I’m proud of the way I held myself together and barely missed a ball. That shows the level I had to play to because I still lost the session 5-4. If he keeps playing like that I have no doubt he will be in the top five in the world in no time.
This is the best start I have ever made to a season and there isn’t much I can improve on. I just have to keep trying to play to this level, keep up the hunger, the ambition, and the enjoyment, then hopefully more success will come. When you are number one in the world you have to keep practicing because everyone is chasing you, so you can’t let up. The only way to stay on top is to practise harder than everyone else

All detailed results are available on snooker.org.

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