Trump and Fu make solid starts in Crucible openers

Judd Trump. Picture by Monique Limbos

Judd Trump. Picture by Monique Limbos

JUDD Trump and Marco Fu built themselves into a solid position to reach the last 16 after enjoying dominant displays in their first round games.

Trump, who reached the final of the World Championship three years ago, accelerated away from Tom Ford to lead 6-2 going into the final session.

And this season’s Australian Open winner Fu made significant strides taking a 6-3 lead against Martin Gould.

Bidding to become world champion for the first time, Trump opened with a 49 break in the first frame, before Ford levelled on the pink in the next.

Trump went back in front with a 62, but Leicester’s Ford once again drew all square on the colours.

Trump, who with a victory will meet Ryan Day in the next round, then took two frames on the black before a run of 40 in the seventh, and he edged the eighth on the pink to move 6-2 ahead. He will look to complete the win on Wednesday morning.

And Fu made the perfect start to his 2014 Crucible campaign as he fired a stunning break of 124 to give him the opening frame. A break of 83 soon doubled his lead to 2-0.

Gould, making his sixth consecutive appearance at the Crucible, replied with a run of 63 but Fu restored a cushion lead at the interval winning the fourth frame on the colours.

The Hong Kong star extended his lead further after the break with a 147 maximum attempt. Fu got the crowd excited when he reached 88 but lost position on the 12th red.

Fu looked favourite to go 5-1 up when he led 60-17 advantage in the seventh frame but Gould battled back well with a counter clearance and sealing the frame with a tricky black along the top cushion.

Buoyed by the previous frame, Gould then rattled off a break of 92 to close to 4-3 but Fu later reaffirmed his control of the match taking the next two frames. The match concludes on Wednesday afternoon.

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