JUDD Trump has become the first ever winner of the International Championship after defeating Neil Robertson in a close and topsy-turvy final.
The Bristol potter, now the new world number one, clinched his third ranking title after coming back from 6-8 down to beat the Australian in Chengdu. His win comes just six weeks after losing a thrilling final to John Higgins in the Shanghai Masters.
Trump won the China Open and the UK Championship last year and today added the International Championship crown to his CV with this hard-fought win.
And Trump’s quest to add another major title to his ranks got off to the perfect start when a break of 61 and a 46 clearance gave him a 2-0 lead in the best-out-of nineteen finale.
But Robertson then swung the match in his favour by taking the next four frames with runs of 77, 68, 59 and 51.
Trump managed to stop the rot in frame seven with a break of 67 and levelled the match at 4-4 in dramatic fashion when Robertson missed a tricky final black which rattled on the jaws of the pocket.
Robertson soon made up for his crucial miss by winning a scrappy ninth frame to take a 5-4 lead at the interval.
The second session started in a similar pattern to the first as Trump made a superb start winning the first two frames to regain the lead at 6-5.
But the Australian once again showed his fighting spirit and levelled the scores at 6-6 with a break of 68 before returning to the lead with a break of 88.
Robertson then looked in control and well on his way to International Championship glory when he increased his lead to 8-6 with a break of 73 after a stunning long red started him off.
Trailing 8-6, the match was starting to get away from Trump for the first time in the final. But the Bristol ace hit back winning a scrappy 15th frame with his backs against the wall. And the 2011 world championship runner up levelled affairs with a superb break of 96.
Trump then turned the match his favour by winning a third frame in a row with a classy century break of 119 to be within one frame of clinching the title. And Trump ensured he was to get his hands on the International Championship trophy and a cash prize of £125,000 when he secured the points he needed to win the 18th frame.
Next up in the snooker calendar sees some of the top professionals compete in the third Asian PTC event before anticipation builds ahead of the next major tournament – the UK Championship – starting in December.