Judd Trump, like many other top players decided not to take part in the Northern Ireland trophy in preparation for the UK Championships this week. Trump believed that taking a week off to rest and practice would enhance his game in order to produce better results on the table.
Judd Trump was tipped as one of the potential winner (not by us) to win the title this week.
In the snooker match tonight against Oliver Lines, Judd Trump looked out of sorts. It also didn’t help that he was getting a bad run of the ball throughout the match.
Lines raced off to a 3-0 lead before Trump took back a frame before the mid session interval.
After the interval, Trump looked to be finding his mojo as he took the next frame to bring the match back to 3-2. From there, Lines had a much better run of the ball, accompanied by playing better to win the next two frames and to go 5-2 in front, only requiring one more frame for victory.
In the next frame Lines was the first player to get in among the balls and although Trump had his chances, it was youngster that composed himself to seal a historic victory over Trump by 6-4.
Judd Trump now joins Neil Robertson and Stuart Bingham who were also knocked out at the early stages of this event.
Earlier today Ronnie O’Sullivan cruised into the last 32 after beating Rhys Clarke 6-0. The Rocket was in fantastic form as he made 2 century breaks in the match along with several other high breaks.
With Neil Robertson and now Judd Trump out, the path is much clearer for O’Sullivan to reach the final of the second biggest snooker event of the year.
Mark Allen made his first competitive 147 today on his way to a 6-4 win over Rod Lawlor. With up and down form lately, the Irishman will be delighted to make his first maximum and give him extra confidence going forward in the week.
Elsewhere, Shaun Murphy, Peter Lines, Ding Junhui were some of the big names to progress to the last 32 of this exclusive snooker event.