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.