Judd Trump and Mark Williams shared the eight frames of the second session of their Betfred World Championship semi-final on Friday morning, leaving the Englishman 11-5 ahead.
Trump remains on target to reach the Crucible final for the third time, having won the title in 2019 and finished runner-up to John Higgins in 2011. He is aiming to become only the seventh player to lift the trophy more than once in Sheffield.
World number four Trump built a 7-1 advantage over Williams in the first session on Thursday, and taking four of the eight frames so far on Friday keeps him on track. They return at 7pm tonight for eight more frames, and if the Bristol cueman can take six of those then he’ll get to 17 and wrap up the match without needing to return on Saturday.
Welshman Williams, a three-time Crucible champion, looked jaded on Thursday, but the 47-year-old was sharper today and will believe he can turn the match around. He may draw on memories of his 2000 semi-final against John Higgins when he came from 14-10 down to win 17-15.
Williams took the opening frame this morning to reduce his deficit to 7-2, but spent the next two in his chair as Trump compiled breaks of 114 and 100 to extend his lead to 9-2. The high scoring continued as Williams made a 119, his 13th century of the tournament.
The first two frames after the interval were shared to leave the score at 10-4. In frame 15, world number eight Williams was on 52 when he over-cut a tricky red to a top corner. Trump capitalised with a fabulous 79 clearance which included an excellent pot on the last red to a baulk corner.
In the last of the session, Trump was on 18 when he ran out of position, going into the pack of reds. A run of 70 from Williams saw him finish on a high note.
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