Joe Perry stuns Judd Trump to seal shock Welsh Open glory

March 6, 2022
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Joe Perry has won the Welsh Open out of nowhere after the quietest of seasons (Picture: Getty Images)

Joe Perry has beaten Judd Trump 9-5 to win the Welsh Open and complete an incredible run to the title after enduring one of the toughest seasons of his long career to date.

The 47-year-old had been sliding down the rankings and not been past the second round of any event so far this season, but burst into life spectacularly this week in Newport.

Having negotiated a very tough qualifying match against Dave Gilbert, Perry beat Cao Yupeng, Mark Allen, Kyren Wilson, Ricky Walden and Jack Lisowski to make the final.

The final was level at 4-4 after the afternoon session but the Gentleman dominated the evening as he surged to victory.

Breaks of 108, 51, 66, 68 and 70 got the veteran over the line while Trump struggled to find anything like his best form.

‘I can’t believe it. This is the absolute highlight of my snooker career my a country mile. I actually thought it was coming to an end and now I’ve had the best moment of my snooker career by miles, by a long way.

‘To do it against a great champion like Judd is the icing on the cake.’

Trump had made breaks of 73, 69 and 60 in the first session and would have been disappointed not to come out ahead after playing pretty well, but he just could not click in the evening.

The Gentleman climbs back to number 23 in the world rankings thanks to the £70,000 top prize, after slipping all the way down to number 42 in the world.

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