Judd Trump says lifting the Players Championship title has given him the belief he needs in order to win his first World Championship – now only five weeks away.
The 27-year-old moved into the top two of snooker’s world rankings following his 10-8 victory over Marco Fu in the final of the Players Championship on Sunday.
Trump is yet to win the World Championship in his career with the closest coming back in 2011 when he lost to John Higgins in the final.
The Bristol star has certainly had an impressive season on the green baize to date – winning two major ranking titles and reaching the final in three others.
Speaking to World Snooker he said winning such a prestigious tournament on British soil has given him reasons to believe his snooker dream of becoming world champion can finally come true.
“It’s a great feeling (to win), especially in this competition.,” he said.
“It’s the 16 best players of the season. To win this one is probably up there with the UK Championship. This tournament has a lot of prestige and I’m delighted to have won.
“It gives you a massive amount of belief to win tournaments like this. When you are a part of the latter stages of most events, you are in the mix and know your form is there. I’m not going to lose that between now and the worlds.”
The World Championship starts on Saturday, April 15 at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre with Trump to face one of 16 qualifiers in the opening round.