Judd Trump could be crowned new world Number One today
JUDD Trump will be crowned the new world Number One today if he can win his grudge match against grinder Peter Ebdon.
Bristol potter Trump held his nerve to clinch a thrilling 6-5 deciding frame quarter-final victory over arch-rival Mark Allen at the International Championship in China yesterday.
And with current world No 1 Mark Selby having already been eliminated from this week’s new £600,000 ranking tournament, Trump knows he might not get a better chance to rise to the rankings’ summit.
“It would be great to be world No 1, I’ve always wanted to get to that position ever since I picked up a cue,” revealed Trump. But I’ve got a really tough match against Peter. I know it’s not going to be easy.”
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Trump publicily criticised Ebdon for his trademark go-slow play earlier this season, but played down any notions of revenge.
Instead the world No Two, and last season’s UK champion, was keen to reflect on his victory over Ulsterman Allen, the same player he beat to land the UK crown.
“Mark has improved so much over the past year,” said Trump.
“He doesn’t miss many balls, and hardly ever runs out of position.
“He makes as many big breaks as anyone in the game.
“We enjoy playing each other, it’s a challenge and both raise our game against each other.
“When he comes back at you he doesn’t appear under any pressure, and I have seen that before in our matches. It’s a playing rivalry and that’s what sport is all about. The prize up for grabs here is well worth winning and we were both up for it, you could tell.”
Allen led 1-0 thanks an 83 break, but Trump pocketed runs of 70 and 40 to lead 2-1.
A break of 98 saw Allen level in the final frame before the interval, before Trump hit back with breaks of 75 and 107 to lead 4-2.
Allen responded with a 121 break to reduce his arrears only for Trump to edge within one frame of victory thanks to a 65 run.
However Allen forced a decider with a breaks of 104 – the third century of a high quality match – and a run of 40 in the tenth frame.
But Trump halted the comeback with a break of 60 and kept his hopes alive of the £125,000 first prize.