World number one Judd Trump publicly criticised his opponent Stephen’s Maguire attitude on the table after their last 16 clash in the Welsh Open.
Trump won the match 4-1 to book his place into the quarter-finals where he will meet fellow world champion Shaun Murphy on Friday night.
The Bristol Ace now stands just three more wins away to what would be an equalling world record of lifting five world ranking events in a single season.
But Trump will have to improve his performance levels if we wants his hands on the Welsh Open title later this week after admitting he was “terrible” during his 4-1 victory over Maguire.
However, he was more damning about his opponent when speaking after the game to Eurosport.
Trump said: “It was just like he (Maguire) didn’t want to win. It dampened the mood a bit, he didn’t look interested.
“To be honest I think I was there for the taking and anyone that showed a little bit of fight would have been able to beat me tonight.”
Trump was then asked what specifically about Maguire’s performance gave him the impression he wasn’t up for the fight.
He responded by saying: “It was just his body language. When I missed a couple of easy balls, he just got down and missed them straight away which you would never normally do.
“I don’t know if he was tired but he didn’t put much of a fight out there.”
The Welsh Open now enters the quarter-finals stage with several big names still in the running for the title and the £70,000 top prize. Ronnie O’Sullivan, who needs a strong run to secure a place in the upcoming Players Championship, is still in the frame of winning a world record 37th world ranking event.
Here is the quarter-final draw at time of publication.
Neil ROBERTSON vs Kyren WILSON
Mark SELBY vs Ronnie O’SULLIVAN
Anthony McGILL or Yan BINGTAO vs John HIGGINS
Shaun MURPHY vs Judd TRUMP