Snooker: Trump takes another step at Scottish Open
PUBLISHED: 09:30 14 December 2017
Judd Trump carried on his march to a possible title on day three of the Dafabet Scottish Open, sweeping aside the challenge of Sam Craigie.
The cueman, who plays out of the Grove in Romford, wasn’t perfect in the second-round match but still came through in impressive style against fellow Englishman Craigie.
Trump won their evening session match 4-2, with breaks of 61, 86 and 61 proving decisive, if not quite as convincing as his first-round 4-0 win over Robin Hull.
The world No.3 is one of the favourites for the tournament, even if he can’t claim to be as confident as Scotland’s John Higgins, who says he has a “good feeling” about the competition.
“I can’t claim to have a good feeling like John (Higgins) has!” said Trump.
“He’s a lot more confident than I am at the moment but I think John’s (Higgins) is playing well and Ronnie’s playing well.
“For me I just need to get through the rounds, get my confidence up and just sneak under the radar.
“My match was okay in spells, but I didn’t feel as well as in the first game.
“I managed to get into the start of most frames, but the last couple of times I missed balls – not easy, but balls that I should’ve been getting to open the frame completely up.
“I nearly got punished in the end but I think I made a good break in the last to get over the line.
“Obviously you never want to go to 3-3 and there was a red down the rail at 3-2 which was important – if it didn’t go in it would’ve been 3-3 so that was important.
“You don’t want to be going 3-3 in the second round of tournaments – that’s pressure I can do without.”
Ronnie O’Sullivan dazzled crowds again as he progressed into the third round, with some phenomenal snooker on show.
The world No.2 claimed the Betway UK Championship in York on Sunday with some excellent cueing and his blistering form has carried into this week as he downed Robert Milkins 4-1.
Two century breaks aided O’Sullivan’s cause, book-ending the match, and Milkins can count himself unlucky after playing well but barely being given a chance.
*Watch the Scottish Open LIVE on Eurosport, Eurosport Player and Quest with Andy Goldstein and analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.