Snooker star Judd Trump was on the receiving end of a hammering after crossing the pond to test his mettle against the world’s best pool players.
The world number two is taking part in the US Open Pool Championship in Atlantic City, and had enjoyed a strong start by beating his first three opponents.
He began with a 9-0 victory over American Joe Magee, before beating India’s Dhruvalkumar Patel 9-2 to set up a clash with Abdullah Al-Shammari.
He took advantage of a missed nine-ball by his opponent to avoid being pegged back level at 4-4 in that third match, and went on to progress to a meeting with fellow Brit Jayson Shaw.
But his compatriot proved to be a far sterner test, as the Scottish pool star – a former winner of the tournament in 2017 – raced into a 9-0 lead.
Trump did win the 10th frame, much to the delight of the watching crowd at Harrah’s Resort, but world number three Shaw regained control and won the final two to secure a comprehensive 11-1 victory.
The good news for the 2019 world snooker champion is his tournament is not yet over, as double elimination rules means he remains in the draw.
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Trump’s match with Shaw was in the winners’ third round, and the snooker star now drops into the losers’ side of the draw.
He now faces South African Jason Theron this morning in another first-to-11 tie, and will hope to take part in two more matches later today by winning in the sixth and seventh rounds of the losers draw to remain within a chance of qualifying for the last sixteen.
When he announced his decision to take part in the US Open, Trump insisted he was not just going to be there to make up the numbers and was targeting an unlikely victory in Atlantic City.
“For the US Open, I’m not just going to take part. It will be to try and win the event. I will give it my absolute all and to see what I can do with myself,” he said.
“It’s something I’ve always felt I wanted to do, see how good I can be at pool. But I am not under the illusion that I will go there and blow everyone away.
“I know the breaking off and tactical side of things is going to be tricky for me – there are a lot of things that can go wrong.
“However I will be one of the players who can play with a smile on my face with a lot more freedom and enjoyment, because it isn’t the be-all and end-all for me.”
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