World number two Judd Trump has suffered a shock early exit in this year’s World Championship after losing to 10-8 to Rory McLeod.
The bookies pre-tournament favourite was 4-0 up at one stage but McLeod fought back and produced a result which will be remembered in World Championship history as one of its biggest shocks.
It means Trump has to wait longer for his first World Championship title, while 46-year McLeod takes on Stephen Maguire in the next round.
Trump, who had won two major ranking events this season, had won more prize money this season than McLeod had won in his previous five years, at least, as a professional.
Returning after their final session was stopped late in the morning session, Trump showed his fighting spirit to pull the match back to 9-8.
But McLeod, who has just one minor ranking event in his career, held his nerve when it mattered to secure the biggest win of his career.
Trump’s defeat certainly opens up the bottom half of the draw, especially with other seed Anthony McGill also shown the door in the first round.
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