Impressive Trump marches on to keep title defence hopes alive

Judd Trump. Picture courtesy of Monique Limbos

Judd Trump. Picture courtesy of Monique Limbos

JUDD Trump continued his bid to retain his Australian Open title by booking his place in the quarter-finals with another impressive display.

The Bristol star, who beat Jack Lisowski in the first round, moved a step closer to defending the title he won twelve months ago after beating Ian Burns 5-2 earlier today.

Trump raced into a 3-0 lead with a top break of 111 before Burns hit back with runs of 85 and 51 to get right back in the match at just one frame behind.

But breaks of 62 and 63 in the next two frames saw Trump get over the winning line.

Trump’s quarter-final opponent will be Stephen Maguire who came back from 4-3 behind to win a final frame decider against Ricky Walden.

In an entertaining match which ebbed and flowed in both directions, Walden looked to be in the driving seat when successive breaks of 142 – the highest of the tournament – and 78 put him in charge.

But Scotland’s Maguire dug deep to force a decider before he clinched the match with a break of 51 to claim a 5-4 win.

Stephen Maguire. Picture by Monique Limbos

Stephen Maguire. Picture by Monique Limbos

That was not the only match to produce final frame drama with three first round matches going the distance in an exciting day’s play in Bendigo.

World Championship runner-up Shaun Murphy fell on the wrong side of one of the final frame deciders as he was beaten by Ali Carter who clinched the match with a break of 62.

Martin Gould was forced all the way in his match against Marco Fu despite at one stage taking a commanding 3-0 lead.

But Fu fought his way back winning four of the next five frames only to suffer defeat in the crunch decider as a break of 76 saw Gould clinch the match.

And Mark Davis let a 3-1 lead slip away as Welshman Jamie Jones fought back to earn a place in the last 16.

Elsewhere, fellow Welshman Michael White recovered from a poor start to defeat Iranian Hossein Vafaei Ayouri 5-3.

White, winner of last season’s Indian Open, hit back from 2-0 down to take five of the next six frames.

Australian Open Second Round Draw

Judd TRUMP 5-2 Ian BURNS
Stephen MAGUIRE 5-4 Ricky WALDEN
Martin GOULD vs Michael HOLT
Mark JOYCE vs Matthew SELT
Mark SELBY vs Jamie JONES
Michael WHITE vs Ali CARTER
John HIGGINS vs Fergal O’BRIEN


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