Snooker: Trump strolls on in UK Open

PUBLISHED: 10:58 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 03 December 2017

Judd Trump considers his next move

Judd Trump considers his next move


Relief might not be the first word you expect to hear from Judd Trump after he picked up his second 6-0 victory at the Betway UK Championship.

Trump despatched Chris Wakelin without dropping a frame; racking up two half-century breaks in the process.

The 28-year-old also won his first match of the competition 6-0 over Australian Matthew Bolton and despite that appearing like two convincing wins on paper, Trump has been far from impressed with his own game.

“I’ve played a lot better and lost before so it’s nice to be through to the next round,” he said.

“Of course you want to play well from the start but to have won 6-0, 6-0 and played this badly is a bit of a relief. If someone had played well against me I could’ve been out.

“I think it’s kind of the way you want to go about it, get it out of the system early and then hopefully you can find the form against the top players. To have these games go like that hopefully it can help me.”

Trump lifted the UK Championship crown in 2011 and made the final in 2014, losing 10-9 to Ronnie O’Sullivan.

It might only be the second round but Trump was quick to praise the crowd at the Barbican in York, and hailed the atmosphere produced.

He added: “I thought the audience was massive, the atmosphere was great. It felt like a semi-final crowd and not a second round crowd.”

A thrilling match with 2006 World Champion Graeme Dott lies in wait for the world number two and Trump hopes he can find consistency to make it into the latter stages of the tournament.

He added: “You don’t want a tough draw too early but I’ve looked at the draw and it’s starting to get tough. There are some good players in my section.

“I’m working hard on the practice table but you need to keep improving and I’ve felt all season that I haven’t played well at all.

“I think my game has been the worst it has been for five years. My game isn’t where it should be but I think I can find consistency and the mind set to get back to my best.”

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