Judd Trump taking inspiration from Mark Selby as Crucible scrap continues

April 27, 2022
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Judd Trump is trying to take on the traits of the Jester from Leicester (Picture: Getty Images)

Judd Trump is doing his best to enjoy his struggle to find top form, taking inspiration from four-time world champion Mark Selby as he battles to keep his own Crucible campaign alive.

The Ace is into the semi-finals at the World Championship after a 13-8 win over Stuart Bingham on Wednesday and has set up a seriously tasty clash with Mark Williams in the last four.

Beating Hossein Vafaei, Anthony McGill and Bingham at the Crucible takes some doing, but just four centuries and a high break of 110 so far indicates that Trump has not hit peak form.

He is happy to admit that he is nowhere near his brilliant best, but he is taking inspiration from Selby, trying to take on some of the Jester’s grit and determination as he squeezes out some enjoyment when he is not potting everything he looks at.

‘It’s the story of the season really, a couple of the tournament I’ve won I’ve not played well,’ Trump told the BBC after beating Bingham.

‘I’ve just tried to take something from players like Mark Selby, give it my absolute all, tomorrow’s another day, if I can get through I’ve got another four sessions against one of the best players in the world now. I’m so excited to still be in the event.

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Mark Selby has fought his way to four titles at the Crucible (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I was completely gone at 8-5, Stuart helped me a little bit. I’m just trying to enjoy it, enjoy playing bad at the minute, because I am giving it my all.

‘I’ve just tried to enjoy this tournament, a couple of tournaments before I didn’t enjoy because I was playing bad, but I know I’m giving it my absolute all, just be patient and wait for things to turn around.’

Trump says he has always admired the fighting qualities of last year’s world champion and is proud that he has managed to replicate some of his fighting spirit so far in Sheffield.

‘It’s something I’ve always looked up to him for doing. Grinding it out, battling and staying in the tournament when he’s not playing well,’ Trump said of Selby.

‘It’s trying to find some enjoyment out of the battle. Out of a good safety, just the little things.

‘I’m proud that I’ve been able to dig in in this tournament because I’ve not been at my best, I’ve not been at my best all season.’

Trump and Williams begin their semi-final on Thursday afternoon at the Crucible.

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