Trump books quarter-final spot


Published: Monday 27th April 2015 by The News Editor

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World number six Judd Trump powered into the Betfred World Championship quarter-finals by completing a 13-8 win over Marco Fu with a brilliant century.

Trump, the 2011 runner-up, rattled off a complete clearance of 133 to end the resistance of Fu and book a date with Ding Junhui in the last eight at the Crucible Theatre.

Fu, trailing 10-6 heading into the final session of the second-round match, kept the contest alive by taking the day’s opener with a break of 94.

But Trump then moved within one of victory by claiming the next two and he completed the job in style after Fu won another to take the entertainment for the Sheffield crowd beyond a mid-session interval.

Asked about his performance, Trump told BBC Sport: “It was solid. There was nothing too extreme – a few dodgy sessions in the middle of the match where I could have probably closed it out, but other than that I think I was quite solid from start to finish.

“Marco changed his gameplan and went for everything towards the end, so that made it quite difficult, but I am pleased how I closed out the match.”

On his overall prospects, he said: “I am very confident in my game this time. I know if I keep it up I have got a good chance but it only takes one bad session at this level. You have got to be consistent every single day.”

World number eight Shaun Murphy, the 2005 champion, reached the quarter-finals for the eighth time by finishing off Joe Perry 13-5, albeit in scrappy fashion.

Murphy, leading 12-4 overnight, fell below the high standards he set earlier in the match but, after losing the day’s opener, eventually edged home in an awkward, error-ridden 18th frame.

Murphy said: “It is just nice to get through and still be punching. You’ve got to treat the game with respect and hope you get the opportunity to get over the line.”

Murphy, who will next play giant-killer Anthony McGill, caught the eye wearing a distinctive red suit.

Asked about his choice of clothing, he said: “It’s just something different. Everyone wears black and white and it’s bit boring isn’t it?

“I’ve got plenty more in the locker. I had purple on for ladies’ day and no-one seemed to notice, so I thought I’d have to wear a slightly brighter colour to get your attention!”

Published: Monday 27th April 2015 by The News Editor

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