Judd Trump 'did what great players do' at Turkish Masters

March 11, 2022
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Judd Trump claimed a brilliant comeback win at the Turkish Masters last night to keep his hopes of a first ranking title of the season alive.

The Juddernaut thrillingly pocketed the last four frames for a 5-4 victory over China's Liang Wenbo in Antalya.

World No 3 Trump, 32, is the tournament favourite with the other three members of the top four absent from Turkey’s debut ranking event.

But after an early century he was hit by a barrage of big breaks from Liang before digging very deep to scrape through.

Trump’s last success in a ranking tournament came a year ago at the Gibraltar Open which is the next stop in the calendar.

Judd Trump of England reacts during the Betfred World Snooker Championship Round Two match between David Gilbert of England and Judd Trump of England at Crucible Theatre on April 25, 2021
Judd Trump "did what great players do" in his Turkish Masters win

And reaching the final could also see former world champion and world No 1 Trump, a leading contender at the Crucible next month, qualify for this month’s Tour Championship.

Trump said: "I am so happy to have got through that one, you take a real sense of achievement from it. I had to hang in there and didn’t play as well as he did, but that’s what great players do.

"I hope it is a good omen for the week – I have got another life and it is a big tournament for me coming off the back of getting to a final last week.

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Judd Trump during his match against Matthew Selt on day eight of the 2021 Cazoo UK Championship at the York Barbican
Trump came from behind to beat China's Liang Wenbo

"It was looking very bad at one stage at 4-1 down, but he was playing unbelievably well and I thought I was off home.

"The one thing I kept in my mind is that I have seen in the past Liang struggles to get over the winning line.

"So that made me believe it was possible to come back if I could put him under pressure – and in the last deciding frame he went for a long one and let me in.

"I am mainly here to win the event but there are other little possible bonuses and if I can get into the Tour Championship then I’d like to do that."

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