Judd Trump has silenced his critics after successfully claiming the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast over the weekend.
The 29-year-old Juddernaut had not won a tournament since his European Masters triumph over a year ago as he edged Ronnie O’Sullivan 9 – 7 in a gripping final at the Waterfront.
It was nip and tuck for most of the match but Judd towards the end took advantage of some rare O’Sullivan mistakes to see it out and pocket the 70K first prize and lift the Alex Higgins trophy.
O’Sullivan said after he was enjoying his snooker, but glad he didn’t have to get up at 10AM the next morning to fly to another event.
Trump said the win was one of his best so far, and it meant a lot to be able to shut up some of his critics who have been questioning how far he can go in the game.
So far, Trump has won nine ranking titles – but has yet, despite all his talent not managed to push on with the World Championship to which he was a finalist in 2011.
— Jack Trump (@jtrump92) November 18, 2018
However, he said during the week-long event that he’s upped his practice to six to seven hours a day and had hired his brother Jack to help him out on the tour and give him support.
He added coming into the event that he knew he would win one at some point, saying he felt confident with his game.
In finals, O’Sullivan and Trump have played eight times, with Trump winning five of them!
O’Sullivan will head off to the UK Championship in York to defend his title he won last year and he won his first ranking title in the UK at the age of 17.