Flawless Trump takes early commanding lead against Ding

Judd Trump. Picture by Monique Limbos

Judd Trump. Picture by Monique Limbos

JUDD TRUMP produced a wonderful display of snooker to take charge of his quarter-final clash against Ding Junhui.

The Bristol star leads China’s number one ranked player 6-2 after a brilliant first session saw him produce mesmerising potting taking full advantage of the many chances which came his way.

For most of the session Trump’s potting percentage was around the 95 per cent mark.

Trump won the opening six frames to lead 6-0 but Ding managed to get the session’s final two frames to put some respectability to the score – but still has much to do if he is to comeback from an explosive start from Trump.

After taking an early 2-0 lead, Trump really came to life in the third frame when a brilliant counter-attacking break of 82, following Ding’s missed red on 48, put him three frames ahead.

Things got even better for Trump in the next frame as a break of 94 gifted him a 4-0 lead going into the mid-session interval.

A great long red from Trump then set up a clinical break of 108 to go 5-0 ahead – a scoreline not many were expecting in this highly anticipated quarter-final encounter.

Not even a break of 54 could solve Ding’s problems as a relentless Trump then cleared with a run of 76 to go 6-0 clear.

Ding managed to show his true resolve in frame seven with a frame winning clearance of 47 after he was allowed back onto the table when Trump missed a cut on a red to one of the baulk corner pockets.

And Ding, who came back from behind to win both of his previous matches in this competition, ended the session on a high note with a break of 72 – his highest of the match so far – to reduce his arrears to 6-2.

Meanwhile, man in form Shaun Murphy saw his flying start pegged back by rising star Anthony McGill who continued to impress on his biggest stage yet – ending the session on level terms at 4-4.

Anthony McGill. Picture by Monique Limbos

Anthony McGill. Picture by Monique Limbos

Breaks of 100 and 125 gave former world champion Murphy the perfect start in the quarter-final clash. The next two frames were shared to give Murphy an interval lead of 3-1.

McGill has been the talk of the snooker world throughout this year’s World Championship after his impressive victory over defending champion Mark Selby on Friday.

And the second part of the session went his way as breaks of 66, 89 and 65 turned his 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead.

But runs of 45 and 30 in the eighth frame ensured Murphy was level at the end of the session.

Both matches resume at 7pm this evening (Tuesday).


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