The 2019 Master Judd Trump breezed to a milestone 10th ranking title over the weekend claiming the 2019 Coral World Grand Prix and putting him on double-figure titles with Jimmy White at 10.
Trump, 29, who’s come in for lots of criticism in the last years or so for not winning more has now secured his place as one of the very top players on the snooker professional tour difficult to beat with his now mixture of much-improved tactical play and potting prowess.
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It was now the Coral World Grand Prix which saw Trump struggle in the early rounds of 32 but then he faced the World number one Mark Selby later on and he showed he was again up for the challenge as he competed in the safety and tactical part of the game to defeat the three-time World Champion.
He met Ali Carter in the final who was in his first ranking final since the German Masters a couple of years ago, but he started off the final in good form and it was 2 – 2 by the mid-session interval. By the time the close of the first session, Trump had beefed up a 6 – 3 lead.
The Juddernaut Rolls On…
Going into the second session, Carter, known for his battling qualities on and off the table managed to peg it back to 7 – 6 with some quality breaks over 80 and 90 before Trump won the last three frames he needed to bag 100K first prize and the trophy 10 – 6.
When asked by ITV after if this was Judd Trump at his peak, he jokingly said: “I certainly hope not.” Previously he admitted in a semi-final that the Judd Trump of old would probably not have won the type of matches he’s been winning now.
Carter, although said he took the positives from the week in Cheltenham, added it didn’t feel like a positive at this moment. The Captain walked away with 40K in ranking points. The World Championships are just around the corner and Judd will go into that with bags of confidence.
Can Trump’s Roll to Sheffield Continue…?
There is still plenty of tournaments to win before then with the Players Championship and Tour Championship of both the best 16 top earners on the one-year ranking list and the top 8 respectively. With Judd Trump’s roll of victories on the one year list, this sees him fly up to second behind Mark Allen. With his double win of titles, Masters and World Grand Prix he’s safely into the Champion of Champions later on in the year towards Christmas.
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