Snooker: Trump ‘must do better’ after first-round scare
PUBLISHED: 07:34 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 07:34 27 April 2018
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Judd Trump admits he needs to up his game if he to stand any chance of becoming Betfred World Snooker champion after limping through the first round.
The left-hander, who trains at The Grove in Romford, was given the fright of his life by Crucible debutant Chris Wakelin but emerged 10-9 in a thrilling battle on Thursday night.
The world number four now faces Ricky Walden for a place in the last eight but says he has no chance if he reproduces the performance against Wakelin.
“I was relieved to get through but I know I will have to up my game, I don’t want to go out and lose the next one playing like that,” he said.
“There would be no point winning that one. I know I have to up it.
“I was pleased to win that one, I thought I had thrown it away. I was clearing up a lot of the time but always seemed to run out of position at the vital moment.
“I had a big lead and knew the balls were going to punish me. I was just surprised I kept getting chances after my first 25 misses.”
Trump looked in control of the match, leading 6-3 after the first session before stretching that to 8-4,
But Wakelin slowed down the tempo of the match and that disrupted Trump’s rhythm, allowing the Rugby potter to win four on the spin.
Trump edged ahead again but Wakelin nailed a nervy black to force a decider.
With the likes of defending champion Mark Selby and former winners Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson already out, this is a golden chance for Trump to win his maiden world title – but he too looked like going home when Wakelin got in the balls first.
But he broke down and eventually, after several bad misses, the 28-year-old got over the line.
“Sometimes you miss under pressure but a few of those misses were not pressure. I don’t really know what they were,” he said.
“I took my eyes off it. The balls were so perfect that we both just got carried away and rushed to the table.
“We forgot what we were doing. Chris played really well, there are not many players who play like on their first time here.
“I think in any tournament you have a chance. I thought I played okay in parts. Playing the slower players doesn’t suit my style.
“Here, I have played a few of the slower ones and I can never get my rhythm.
“Ricky is a bit quicker and it will be different. He has always been a class player. He is back now, his confidence is back and any match from here on in will be hard.”
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