Thursday, 19 January 2012

Super Trump thrashes Ronnie

Judd Trump dished out one hell of a beating to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals of the Masters.

His 6-2 winning margin goes down as the joint worst defeat the Rocket has ever been on the end of at this tournament but further it arguably confirms a shift among the superpowers of the sport.

Picture by Monique Limbos
O'Sullivan has now lost three matches on the spin to Judd and can do little except sit back and admire the talents of snooker's newest star.

Ronnie will take no pleasure in seeing one of the game's young guns have the beating over him but, on this form, Trump would have beaten anyone.

As he raced into a 4-0 lead by the interval the onslaught was relentless. His break building blew Ronnie away. And it's not often you can say that.

I don't know if Ronnie worries himself enough to be haunted by Judd but it's obvious that although he's playing well this season and his ranking could still be false, he is definitely playing catch up to the world's top, top players.

Even the odd loose shot that he would not have made at his peak is costing him in certain matches. The likes of Judd and the rest of the new generation of players are brutal punishers and he can't always get away with winning at 80 per cent.

This is making it difficult for players such as Ronnie - who struggles for consistency - to bounce back and have a crack at winning a big title.

Trump's win has earned him plenty of plaudits today, and rightly so. But in my opinion, it's the fact that he doesn't let these kind of wins and performances go to his head that make him such a special proposition.

It would be easy for a player so young to get caught up basking in the glory of beating a legend. But as well as the riches of his talent and riding high on confidence, Judd remains grounded.

He was straight on Twitter after his win today talking about having a long way to go to win the title.

This attitude is what will ensure he stays at the top end of the game for a very long win. He isn't prepared to rest. He is completely driven on by winning and will not be satisfied until he's lifting the Masters trophy on Sunday night.

Well played Judd!

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