Judd Trump produced a supreme display, rolling in two centuries, to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-1 to reach the World Grand Prix final.
O’Sullivan vs. Trump is the great rivalry in the game: the world champion vs. world number one.
Trump has had the upper hand lately, winning four of his previous five meetings leading up to the clash at Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. And that record was improved on Friday, as he took an early lead and never gave up the advantage.
Fireworks were planned, but it was a wet start. Trump – who lost in the second round in that event last season – took the opening frame in 34 minutes and he was just as careful in the second.
O’Sullivan stroked in an excellent opening red, but a big kick left him out of position and Trump hit in a 59 – leaving his opponent needing two snookers with just one red on the table.
The world champion has them both, but he missed a long red and that let Trump take the second frame after well over an hour of play.
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O’Sullivan was moderate in the first two frames, but came to life with a great break in the third. He hit in a series of tough pots, but broke down on the final red – leaving it in the jaws and Trump stepped in to clear the pink and move three frames to the correct one.
Losing the third could have been a hammer blow for O’Sullivan – and it seemed to be when Trump came in among the bullets in the fourth. He hit in a 65 and was a red and a color away from the frame, but didn’t convert a red on the side rail.
O’Sullivan emerged from his chair and struck in a supreme break of 71 to get on the scoreboard.
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Trump returned after the interval, unfazed by the loss of the previous frame as he rose to the table and hit a fantastic 100 – his 47th century of the season – to move 4-1 ahead.
Century number 48 – a 107 – came in the next frame as Trump moved into a victory frame.
Trump got the better of a security battle early in seventh frame and that set him up to close the victory in style.
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