Judd Trump was sent home this afternoon after Ding Junhui knocked him out of the second round of the world snooker championships by beating him 13-10.
The comeback seemed on for Judd Trump as Ding began to falter from 12-7. Trump managed to get the score back to 12-10 before Ding got himself over the line to win.
Ding has struggled for form for much of the season and dropped out of the top 16 when he lost in the first round of the China Open. But he has dealt with that setback admirably, breezing through three qualifying rounds for the loss of just seven frames, then beating Martin Gould and now Trump.
World number 17 Ding has never been past the semi-finals in Sheffield but will be confident of his chances now. The 29-year-old faces Mark Williams over 25 frames on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Ding led 10-6 going into the final session and made a break of 65 in the first frame today before missing a red to a centre pocket. Trump made a superb 70 clearance to steal the frame, but Ding then hit back with runs of 72 and 91 to go 12-7 ahead.
Judd Trump, who was runner-up to John Higgins in 2011, fought back with breaks of 61, 56 and 88 to win the next three frames and close to 12-10. Both players had chances in a scrappy 23rd frame, but Ding managed to take it to secure victory.
Questions have been asked of Trumps shot selection during the match, where a few questionable shots were taken on by him when not necessary.
Judd Trump is undoubtedly a great talent, however his concentration and application still seem to hold him back from winning some of the bigger tournaments.
During yesterdays mid session interval, there was words exchanged between Judd Trump and Dominic Dale on Twitter which sparked a lot of social media reaction. Dominic Dale spoke about Trump’s cue ball control not being as tight as Judd Trumps. Judd Trump hit back with a coupe of comments about giving Ding a head start.