Bristol snooker star Judd Trump wins trough opener
JUDD Trump, last year's beaten finalist, considered withdrawing from this year's Betfred.com World Championship after being struck down with bad food poisoning on the eve of his first-round match with Dominic Dale.
Trump played through the pain to beat Welshman Dale 10-7 yesterday having struggled with bad sickness.
And, having secured his last 16 place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, the Bristol professional admitted: "It was the closest I've ever been to pulling out of a professional tournament.
"If it had been a smaller event then I would have probably pulled out, but with it being the World Championship I knew I had to go out there, even if I finished 7-2 down after the first session.
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"I just needed to give myself a chance to stay in the tournament.
"I felt ill about an hour after I'd eaten on Monday night and then I woke up in the middle of the night sweating and then I was sick in the morning from about 8am to 9.30am. It was horrible.
"There's only limited medication you can take, so it doesn't help.
"Dominic made it hard for me and, to be honest, the longer he was pushing me the more chance he probably had of beating me.
"Earlier on in my career, if I started playing like that I would have got down on myself because I wasn't putting a show on for the crowd.
"But, today and yesterday, I just had to get through the match, I wasn't bothered how I played at all as long as I won.
"This tournament is so important that if you do lose first round then it ruins your whole season.
"I knew had extra gears to go up if I needed them, but I didn't get down on myself when I didn't play well. I just kept battling."
Trump returned 5-4 up, but slipped 7-6 down to Dale as a shock looked on the cards.
But the world No 2 pocketed breaks of 51, 40, 57 and 40 to keep his title hopes alive.
"I'm feeling really tired drained because I haven't eaten for two days," added the 22-year-old.
"I tried to eat some soup last night, but other than that it's been a little bit of bread.
"I was really struggling today, so I was just glad to get out of there. It was just tiring playing out in the arena, it was really hot.
"I was just glad to win. A lot of the seeds have gone out, so I'm just glad to be in the next round.
"I felt a lot worse yesterday, but I feel 100 times better today. I'm still nowhere near by best."
Trump now has almost three days off before he faces either Ali Carter, the 2008 runner-up, or qualifier Mark Davis in the next phase of snooker's biggest tournament.
The left-hander plays the first session of his second round match on Saturday evening, with a possible two more sessions to be spread over Sunday and Monday.