WHAT a great moment it was for Judd Trump on Sunday as he lifted major silverware once again – and it was fully deserved too.
You have to go back to November 2012 to find the last time Trump achieved snooker glory when he won the inaugural International Championship – believe it or not his opponent that day was Neil Robertson.
But despite being trophyless last season, this early season success for Trump should come as no surprise – this has been on the cards.
His performances so far in 2014 have certainly been more consistent – all starting from the German Masters in February where he reached the final before losing out to Ding Junhui who was enjoying the season of his life.
Trump followed it up with a run to the quarter-finals in a PTC event at Gdynia and then suffered agonising last frame defeats in the last 16 in both the Welsh Open and World Open – both to John Higgins. If Trump had got over the winning line then who knows what he may have achieved.
A good run to the semi-finals was made in the PTC Grand Finals and Trump looked set for a place in the World Championship semi-finals when he led Robertson 11-8 before the Australian brilliantly fought back to win 13-11.
Now with silverware in the bag, the key for Trump will be to be build on his triumph at Bendigo – and now with the monkey off his back he may feel a little less weight on his shoulder.
Trump came into the snooker spotlight three years ago when after winning the China Open, he reached the World Championship final playing a refreshing an easy-on-the-eye attacking snooker.
Only time will tell if Trump will deliver or even better those heights again but judging by his performances he has made this year we know he certainly can.
His journey this season is certainly one to watch out for.
Snooker now takes a bit of break for a few weeks and will return at the start of August with the first European Tour Event of the campaign which will be held in a new location – Riga in Latvia.