Sunday, 3 April 2011

Trump triumphs at China Open

So there you have it, Judd Trump is the 2011 China Open champion.

The 21-year-old has hit a massive milestone in his career, winning his first ever major ranking event with a 10-8 win against Mark Selby in the final.

Judd has played some superb snooker this week, and thoroughly deserves to lift the trophy.

He cannot be accused of easy route either as he beat Marco Fu, Mark Davis, Peter Ebdon, Shaun Murphy and Selby along the way.

But this was the week Trump came of age. He's a bright young talent who has won this title playing his natural attacking style of play. That must be commended.

It's good news for him, and even better news for snooker.

All those years of hard work travelling to junior events have finally paid off, and now up to 11th in the provisional world rankings, he can almost certainly look forward to starting next season in the top 16.

As for the game, a new star has been born.

Winning matches against the top players is one thing, but winning finals is very much another. Today, he beat one of the game's best pressure players.

World number two Selby has a real knack for delivering when under the limelight, but Judd was having none of it. After building up a 5-3 lead in the first session, the Jester kept threatening to bully his way back into the match, but Judd played with maturity well above his years to see the job out.

He's been a pleasure to watch all-week long.

His victory now sets up for a cracker of a match at the Crucible, where he'll meet defending champion Neil Robertson on the first day in Sheffield.

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