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Snooker: Trump into Scottish semi-final

PUBLISHED: 08:21 16 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:21 16 December 2017

Judd Trump lines up a shot (pic: Mike Egerton/PA)

Judd Trump lines up a shot (pic: Mike Egerton/PA)

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Romford-based Judd Trump believes Stephen Maguire lost his head during their quarter-final match at the Dafabet Scottish Open on Friday night.

The 28-year-old potter is safely into Saturday’s semi-final in Glasgow after dispatching Scotland’s Maguire 5-2 in his hometown.

But Essex’s Ronnie O’Sullivan will unfortunately not be joining Trump in the final four after he lost out 5-0 to John Higgins.

World No.3 Trump was the strong favourite going into the match against Maguire and backed up that view with a quick start, surging into a two-frame lead with some excellent cueing.

The Glaswegian responded, bringing the score back to 2-1 before Trump took over once again, justifying his position as a top-five player with plenty of aggressive shots.

Maguire felt post-match that his opponent had been lucky on the day, but Trump rejected that notion and believes that the Scot was the master of his own downfall.

“I think if I’d played like that I would’ve said the same thing,” said Trump.

“He lost his head early on so I was just trying to keep on and keep playing as I did, and not try and make it too easy for him.

“It was a tough game in the end even though it was only 5-2, I think he should probably have won the last frame to go 4-3 and I was under a little bit of pressure so I’m very happy to have gotten over the line when I did.

“It was just down to his misses and mistakes, I can’t remember fluking any, did I? I don’t think I did, and obviously when you play badly you’re disappointed and you see the game from a different perspective.”

Trump will play against Cao Yupeng in the semi-final on Saturday, after the Chinese player triumphed 5-3 over England’s Ricky Walden in the last quarter-final to be settled – with breaks of 89 and 56 helping him to victory in a tense and nervy match.

O’Sullivan, meanwhile, is out of the competition after Higgins stormed into the semi-finals with a stunning performance against the world No.2.

The Wizard of Wishaw barely put a foot wrong all night as he claimed a quickfire 5-0 victory over O’Sullivan, cheered on by a raucous Glasgow crowd.

The 42-year-old has been in stellar form all week at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena and he continued that against the UK champion, firing in three century breaks and a sublime 72 to settle the match.

The match had been hotly-anticipated ever since it was confirmed, with both players in the top five in the world and two of the most experienced on tour.

With that in mind, both players were cheered into the arena and O’Sullivan was full of praise for his opponent.

“John played really well and he deserved his victory, thank God it’s over!” said the Chigwell resident.

“There’s no excuses, I was here to try and win the tournament and it didn’t work out, but I’m kind of relieved that I haven’t got to come back here to play another match.”

*Watch the Scottish Open LIVE on Eurosport, Eurosport Player and Quest with Andy Goldstein and analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

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