Superb Trump on the verge of semi-finals after clinical display

Judd Trump. Picture courtesy of Monique Limbos

Judd Trump. Picture courtesy of Monique Limbos

JUDD TRUMP just needs one more frame to seal his place in the World Championship semi-finals after continuing his domination over Ding Junhui.

The Ace in the Pack just needs to deal one more hand when he resumes battle on Wednesday morning after taking a huge 12-4 overnight lead. Trump last reach the semi-final stage in snooker’s biggest event two years ago losing to Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Ding Junhui will have to win nine frames in a row to pull of the one of the tournament’s most unlikely victories of all time. But he cannot complain as he is been outplayed by Trump in all departments.

Leading 6-2 from the morning’s opening session, Trump increased his advantage straight away as a break of 102 put him 7-2 to the good.

And things were to get even better for the 25-year-old when he took the next with a run of 55 and a scrappy 11th for 9-2. Fighting to stay in the match, Ding won the next two frames with runs of 69 and 51 to make it 9-4.

But Trump refused to give Ding any sightings of a comeback as he took the next three frames including back to back centuries of 127 and 111.

Elsewhere, Shaun Murphy gained a  slender 9-7 overnight lead in his quarter-final clash against Anthony McGill.

The pair were locked at 4-4 at the start of the second session but McGill, who defeated defending champion mark Selby in the last round, made a 137 total clearance to go 5-4 ahead.

The next frame lasted 45 minutes and Murphy eventually won it on the colours, before McGill regained the lead with a 36 clearance.

Murphy, who won the World Championship in 2005, then stepped up a gear and won four frames in a row with top breaks of 127 and 75. But McGill ensured he remained in a close battle as a break of 86 reduced his deficit to 9-7.

 

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