Judd Trump to face Stuart Bingham in European Masters showdown

Today’s European Masters final will be an all English contest as Judd Trump takes on Stuart Bingham.

Pictures by Monique Limbos

Trump is just one win away from defending the major ranking title he won last year when he beat Ronnie O’Sullivan to lift the first ever European Masters title.

The world number 4 eased through to the final with an impressive 6-1 win against China’s Cao Yupeng on Saturday in Lommel, Belgium.

The 2015 world champion Bingham had a more difficult semi-final to get through, overcoming a tough battle against China’s impressive teenager Zhou Yuelong – winning 6-4.

The winner of Sunday’s final will win the trophy and a cash prize of £75,000. It is a repeat of this year’s Welsh Open final which Bingham won 9-8 in a thrilling final frame decider.

By the close of play today Trump or Bingham will join the likes of Ryan Day (Riga Masters), Luca Brecel (China Championship), Michael White (Paul Hunter Classic), John Higgins (Indian Open) and Ding Junhui (World Open) to have won major ranking events this season.

The pair have played each other 21 times in all competitions with Judd Trump winning twelve matches compared to Bingham’s eight. Though Bingham has the edge in major ranking events and did beat Trump in an epic World Championship semi-final more than two years ago.

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