Judd Trump looking to cash in on his new-found run of good form
JUDD Trump believes 'Lady Luck' has deserted him so far this season.
But the Bristol potter finally found some form earlier this week to get his BetVictor Welsh Open title-challenge to a winning start.
And next up for Trump, the world number two, is a last 32 showdown with Welshman and local favourite Dominic Dale at the Newport Centre.
Trump has beaten Dale in his last two meetings and is focused on making sure he takes a step closer the £50,000 first prize with victory today.
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"Dominic is looking good at the moment," said Trump. "He's having a good season, so I won't be taking him lightly. It's going to be a tough game.
"I've played Dom a few times and its always been close and it's always a tough game against someone like him because he's a top player."
Trump cruised to an emphatic 4-0 victory over compatriot Mike Dunn in the last 64 stage on Monday.
Breaks of 41, 43 and 58 helped the former UK and China Open champion win in just 59 minutes.
But the 23-year-old believes he's lacked that little bit of luck he's needed to win titles this season.
There's been no shortage of finals this season for snooker's most promising talent, but unfortunately no silverware to show for it.
"I'm still waiting for the bit of luck you need to win tournaments," revealed Trump. "I was getting it earlier in the season, now [new world number one] Mark Selby's getting it.
"Personally I think that's all that's missing in my game. When that comes back I think I'll win a title.
"It's a bit different coming in at the last 64 stage and playing an extra game at this tournament, so all I wanted to do in my first round match was win as comfortably as possible. My long potting was good and I feel like I'm cueing well."
Victory for Trump over Dale would yield a last 16 clash with either unranked qualifier Michael Wasley or former Welsh Open finalist Andrew Higginson tomorrow.