Judd Trump hits back at critics after thrilling English Open victory

Judd Trump believes he has delivered his A game since the start of the new season and has labelled critics’ question marks over his form as “harsh”.

The world number one lifted his first ranking event of the season on Sunday – coming through a final frame decider against Neil Robertson – and his 18th in his career.

Trump used the post match presentation to hit back at critics who have claimed the 2019 world champion has failed to hit the heights he achieved before the coronavirus pandemic when he was lifting trophy after trophy in a record-breaking campaign which saw him win six ranking events.

During the pandemic Trump failed to defend his World Championship title – losing to eventual finalist Kyren Wilson in the quarter-finals.

This is how Kyren Wilson beat Judd Trump in the 2020 World Championship.

This season so far has seen Trump suffer defeat in the European Masters semi-finals to Martin Gould and now victory at the English Open.

Asked if he felt his top form was back, Trump said: “I thought it was back in the last tournament (European Masters). I was a bit unlucky in the semi-final against Martin Gould otherwise I felt I could have won that one.

“I’ve had a few question marks over my form which I think have been a little bit harsh – they’re expecting fireworks every time I play and that doesn’t happen.

“I’m very happy about the way I’m playing and how I am able to dig in when I really need to.”

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