It was billed as a cracker…
But ended in a one horse race in the end.
Judd Trump ran out a 9 – 4 winner against the four-times World Champion John Higgins at the Coral Tour Championship in Milton Keynes at the weekend.
After a rusty first four frames from both in an afternoon session, Judd took an early 3 – 1 lead and ended up going into the evening 5 – 3.
But the 30-year-old Ace in the pack only managed a high break of 60 in a frame where he needed a clearance from 53 points down to land a blow on the Wizard of Wishaw, who looked out of sorts like many players returning from the confines of lockdown the past three months.
The Juddernaut started to motor…
in the evening session Judd soon started motoring into gear and a made a 128 to go 8 – 3 up before Higgins compiled an amazing clearance himself to keep his hopes alive.
Unfortunately, too many missed opportunities meant Higgins let Trump off the hook and Trump sealed the deal in the thirteenth frame to book a place in the semi-finals.
Trump said of his win and of his clash with Maguire: ‘I can only get better from that, he (Maguire) can only get worse…’
Talking after, Judd said he was happy with his performance and on his semi-final with the in form Stephen Maguire, he said that every match is different and it would be difficult to play like that again.
‘Hopefully we can meet somewhere in the middle,’ as Judd cheekily smiled after.
Trump is two away from being the second player to make a 100 centuries in a season as he is hunting to beat Neil Robertson’s 103 made a few years ago.
In command now over the class of 92
Judd Trump is starting to dominate over the class of 92 players such as Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins, whom he had comprehensively beat in the World Championship final last year.