Tuesday 23 January 2018

Judd Trump in confident mood ahead of Marco Fu duel

Judd Trump
Judd Trump

JUDD TRUMP Trump was in confident mood after safely moving through to the second round of the Betfred World Championship in Sheffield.

Trump led 7-2 overnight and many thought he would make light work of Stuart Carrington but he was made to battle before eventually securing a 10-6 victory.

The 25-year-old closed with a century and will now face Marco Fu in the next round.

"I'm just going to focus on my own game," he said. "If I play how I know I can, I'll win it."

A re-rack was required in the 10th frame but that did not distract Carrington who produced a break of 97 to reduce the gap to four. Trump took the next with a streak of 74 but a 74 of his own from Carrington followed by a run of 70 in the next meant it was 8-5 at the interval.

Carrington got amongst the balls after the interval but was halted at 24 and Trump swept in with a 76 to move within one frame of victory. Grimsby potter Carrington showed his mettle, though, with a 99 in the next before a closing 109 from Trump put an end to his campaign.

And the 2011 finalist was quick to praise his opponent, who was making his Crucible debut.

"He played really well considering it's his first time here," he said.

"Second session he hardly missed a ball. He probably won't take as much credit as he would if it was a top player making those breaks.

"He played as good as anyone I've seen first time here."

Trump is one of the crowd favourites wherever he plays and admits there is a weight of expectation on him this year.

"There's obviously a lot of anticipation this year," he added. "My results have shown that I'm playing some good stuff. There's obviously a few things I need to work on but other than that I feel very confident."


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