Snooker: Judd Trump suffers shock second-round exit at UK Championship

PUBLISHED: 18:00 04 December 2017

Judd Trump lines up a pot (pic Nigel French/PA)

Judd Trump lines up a pot (pic Nigel French/PA)

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Romford-based potter lost 6-2 to Graeme Dott of Scotland

Overthinking matters cost Judd Trump a shot at the Betway UK Championship title as he crashed out to world No.30 Graeme Dott.

The 2011 winner had complained of slow starts on the baize in York but opened up with breaks of 93 and 78 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the third round.

Yet Dott was able to make breaks of 86 and 93 to flip the match on its head heading into the interval.

Trump hadn’t dropped a single frame going into the contest but he was left on the brink of elimination after Dott blitzed a break of 72 to go 5-2, before his rival wrapped matters up a frame later.

“It all changed at 2-0. I flicked the black in during the third and it changed after that,” Trump confessed.

“I scored well the first two frames. I got into the third frame but he won it and it all changed.

“I missed a few balls but in the last two frames I don’t think I did an awful lot wrong. He scored heavy and anyone who plays like that deserves it. I had my chances and I think the frame at 2-0 but also the frame the go 3-2 up I threw away.”

Trump admitted he had been struggling to find any confidence and rhythm in his game but paid tribute to Dott for his performance.

He added: “He played well the last time he played against me as well. He was really, really good.

“Graeme won’t get the credit he deserves; if someone else plays like that then it’s an unbelievable performance.

“I think you get to a level and you go through spells where you start to overthink stuff. I’m just going to have to put it behind me.

“The only way you can get over it is by winning games and winning titles and I’m at a point where I need to get a bit of luck.

“If I had gone 3-0 up I might have been flying but I think you have to rely on a bit of luck every now and then.”

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