Snooker: Trump targets Scottish Open semi ‘at least’

PUBLISHED: 08:01 12 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:01 12 December 2017

Judd Trump in action

Judd Trump in action


Judd Trump is targeting at least a semi-final appearance at the Dafabet Scottish Open after a whirlwind win in the first round.

World number three Trump was up against Finland’s Robin Hull on day one of the tournament in Glasgow, and showed no mercy with a resounding 4-0 win.

The 28-year-old, who was knocked out by Scotland’s John Higgins in last year’s semi-final, claimed breaks of 82 and 53 to claim the second and third frames, and was pleased to have come through in comfortable style.

“You always want to win and it felt like I played ok, it was quite straightforward in the end,” said Trump.

“Obviously in the first few rounds you want to get through quite comfortably and see what happens then.

“I did well here last year and ended up losing to John (Higgins) so it’d be nice to do similar or a little bit better this year.

“I felt very comfortable out there, normally first round you feel a bit edgy but other than a few little careless shots I could’ve scored a bit better than I did.

“I’ve played a lot more on TV than he (Hull) has, so I knew in the back of my head I had to get in front early and I think he had a half-chance at 2-0 to try and nick the frame from me, but he missed a tricky red.

“It would’ve been nice to go out and make four centuries but it didn’t quite happen!”

Grove-based Trump will face either Newcastle’s Sam Craigie or Thailand’s Boonyarit Kaettikun in the second round on Wednesday.

He was disappointed to lose 6-2 to Scotland’s Graeme Dott at the Betway UK Championship in York last week and believes a more relaxed approach in Glasgow could bring success.

“I didn’t feel great coming into the tournament,” added Trump. “I took a few days off after the UK Championship and got away from snooker, completely got away from it for a few days then I practiced a little bit.

“I came out not expecting too much and hopefully that will be a little bit better than putting too much pressure on myself like I have in the past few events.

“Hopefully with this mentality it will stand me in good stead.”

*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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