Judd Trump’s misery on the snooker table continued as he suffered a shock defeat which meant he won’t play in the richest China Open in history.
Just seven days after suffering an agonising Masters semi-final defeat to Kyren Wilson after throwing away a 5-2 lead, Trump suffered more despair losing to world number 85 Jak Jones last night in the China Open qualifiers.
Jones won a final frame decider to beat the world number 3 6-5 in a thrilling contest which finished past the midnight hour.
The defeat for Trump means he won’t be able to cash in on what will be the most lucrative China Open ever with a total prize money fund hitting the £1million mark and the winner collecting a massive £225,000 – only the World Championship winner receives a bigger pay cheque.
Trump now won’t get a single penny of the prize pot after his shock defeat at the Barnsley Metrodome and the defeat could affect his seeding position for the World Championship with the China Open being the last tournament before the seeding cut off ahead of snooker’s blue ribbon event.
The opening day of the China Open qualifiers also saw last season’s German Masters winner Anthony Hamilton produce a stunning comeback to book his ticket to Beijing in early April.
Things looked to be all over for Hamilton when he trailed David John 5-1. But Hamilton fought back in dramatic fashion winning five frames on the bounce to win 6-5.
There were also wins for Joe Perry, Jack Lisowsk, Graeme Dott, Martin Gould and former China Open finalist Gary Wilson.