Snooker: Defeat tough for Trump to take
PUBLISHED: 19:08 20 January 2018 | UPDATED: 19:08 20 January 2018
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Judd Trump insists rival Kyren Wilson got lucky after he was dumped out of the Dafabet Masters in an enthralling battle at the Alexandra Palace.
The left-hander, who trains at the Grove in Romford, was 5-2 up and cruising towards his first Masters final when Wilson, out of nowhere, stormed back to upset the odds and win 6-5.
It is another major blow for the 28-year-old, who is regarded as one the game’s most talented players but has still won just won one triple crown title.
That came at the 2011 UK Championships and, with world number one Mark Selby and defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan out of the Masters early, this was a fine chance for him to re-address the balance.
But, despite a strong display, he goes home frustrated at Wilson’s fortune and said: “It is disappointing, I think I was the better player so it is a tough one to take really.
“At 5-2 he missed a few balls and it was the same in some later frames and he got away with every single one so it is very disappointing.
“When someone gets away with so many shots, sooner or later you have to take a chance because you can’t rely on him leaving an easy chance so I wanted to grab the match by the scruff of the neck.
“In the last frame he missed a long red and left the white on the cushion so he did not leave me a safety – I went for a plant and even that double-kissed.
“It is not too bad, when it is not your day it is not your day. When you get a run like that you know it is Kyren’s week.”
Trump made a fast start and won the opening frame before a costly error allowed the nervous-looking Wilson to level.
Breaks of 83 and 52 put Trump into a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval and he soon turned that into 5-2 thanks an excellent 96 and faultless 69.
Wilson appeared out of his depth and missed a couple of pots in the eighth frame but the balls fell kindly for him and he won with a 57.
With Trump unable to see the match out, the Kettering man grew in confidence and he levelled with a fine 107 to force a decider – which he won with a break of 72.
“I said in the interval to my manager and coach that even if I go 5-1 down I will fight all the way and it is one of those venues where funny things happen,” Wilson said.
“I felt like Lady Luck was on my side a bit as well and it was a formula which came together nicely, I am just happy to get over the line.”
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