AN IMPRESSIVE display of break building helped Judd Trump to the brink of major ranking success for the first time in more than 18 months.
Trump sealed his place in Sunday’s Australian Open final after beating China’s Xiao Guodong 6-3 earlier today (Saturday).
And the Bristol man, who last won major silverware in November 2012 claiming the International Championship, completed victory in style with two century breaks followed up by a break of 90+ and three more half century runs.
Trump will face Neil Robertson or Mark Davis in the final.
Should Robertson win the second semi-final, the final will be a repeat of Trump and Robertson’s epic World Championship quarter-final two months ago which saw the Australian comeback from behind and make snooker history by becoming the first player to make 100 century breaks in a single season.
Coincidentally, the last time Trump picked up major silverware was by beating Neil Robertson 10-8 in the first ever International Championship final.
Breaks of 114 and 101 gave Trump two of the opening three frames in today’s first semi-final before a break of 67 extended his lead to 3-1.
Guodong, bidding to reach his second major ranking final, made it 3-2 with a break of 62 but Trump replied with a break of 94 to go 4-2 ahead.
China’s number two star kept his hopes alive winning frame seven by 40 points but Trump booked his ticket to his second major final in the calendar year with runs of 67 and 69.