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Judd Trump wins the inaugural Turkish Masters

14 March 2022 One Comment

Judd Trump won his first ranking tournament of the season when he beat Matthew Selt by 10-4 to win the 2022 Turkish Masters. This brought Judd’s tally of ranking titles to 23. The event was played in Antalya from March, 7 to March 13, 2022. It was the first time that a ranking professional snooker tournament was played in Turkey.

The event was well supported by the enthusiast Turkish fans, and Judd rewarded them with a wonderful 147, his sixth, in the 10th frame of the final.

Judd, who had struggled for most of the season was over the moon. This is what he had to say (source: WST):

It was the first time I have really enjoyed my snooker this season, I managed to find a bit of form in my semi-final last night. To come out of the first session today 5-3 up was a big relief as it gave me a bit of a cushion.

“Tonight I was back to the game I have had in the last two or three seasons so it was nice to get that feeling back. The clearance to go 6-3 up settled me down and after that, I felt relaxed. My goal for the rest of the season is just to play like I did tonight.

“It has always been a dream of mine to travel the world and play snooker in different countries. Putting on a good show tonight and making a maximum in the final will hopefully inspire Turkish players to pick up a cue and a few kids to start playing. Maybe in the future, there will be a top Turkish player.

Ding Junhui had a good run as well: he was narrowly beaten (6-5) by Matthew Selt in the semi-finals.
Ali Carter had lost to Judd Trump in the QFs (5-3)
Michael Holt reached the last 32 stage where he lost to John Higgins.

Neil Robertson and Mark Selby withdrew before the start of the event.

All detailed results are available on snooker.org.

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