Thursday 18 January 2018

Ill Judd Trump blows Ding away - and goes back to bed

Judd Trump (right) celebrates beating Ding Junhui
Judd Trump (right) celebrates beating Ding Junhui

Judd Trump powered through to the World Snooker Championship semi-finals for a third time - and then went back to bed.

The world number six is strongly fancied to lift the trophy in Sheffield this year and clinched a crushing 13-4 win over China's Ding Junhui.

Resuming with a 12-4 lead after dominating the first two sessions of the match, Bristol-born Trump made a break of 66 to complete his day's work by mid-morning.

He faces Ronnie O'Sullivan or Stuart Bingham next, a match level at 8-8 heading into the evening session.

Trump was runner-up at the Crucible in 2011, and also reached the last four in 2013, while his victory at the recent World Grand Prix set him up ideally for a tilt at glory on snooker's most prestigious stage.

But while Trump believes the snooker he played in building a 6-0 lead over Ding on Tuesday was tournament-winning form, he has also been troubled by illness this week.

"I felt ill before the game so I was a bit worried about how I was going to play and how my concentration was going to be," Trump said.

"It was a bit iffy in the middle of the match, I missed a few and got quite tired. I haven't been sleeping that well so I just need to go and rest up now for the next game.

"It's just a bit of a fever I think, a bit of a cold. I just don't feel too great. I'll just go and rest up now and I should be fine for tomorrow."

Trump, 25, vowed he would not use illness as an excuse should he not land his first World Championship title.

He added: "When you get to the semi-final the crowd will be immense so that will pick me up anyway and I'll completely forget about everything."

Shaun Murphy joined Trump in the semi-final line-up after ending the title hopes of giant-killing Scot Anthony McGill.

Eye-catching qualifier McGill had knocked out Stephen Maguire and defending champion Mark Selby to reach the quarter-finals on his Crucible debut.

But Murphy had his measure and the winner from 2005 moved a step closer to an elusive second title in Sheffield with a 13-8 victory, sealed with a 67 break.

no punishment

Meanwhile, it was confirmed by World Snooker that Ronnie O'Sullivan will face no punishment over Tuesday's curious incident involving his chalk.

Five-time champion O'Sullivan - who earlier in the tournament played some of a frame in his socks and was then warned about his behaviour following a hand gesture in the second-round match against Matthew Stevens - caused a stir when he placed the small cube of chalk on the baize while lining up a shot.

It is deemed to be against competition rules if any object is used to measure gaps or distances, and therefore subject to a foul with a seven-point deduction.

However, referee Terry Camilleri failed to call the penalty, and a tournament spokesman said that was the end of the matter, with no prospect of retrospective action.

Asked for his own view of what O'Sullivan did, Trump said: "I don't think he knew what he was doing.

"I didn't have a clue about the rules either so I don't really think it was anyone's fault."


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