Monday, 19 November 2012

Trump marches on

Judd Trump's super form is showing no signs of subsidence as he beat John Higgins 4-0 to win the Bulgarian Open.

The new world number one is sky high with confidence and bulldozing his way through tournaments right now.

In the past two months he's reached four finals and won two trophies - at a time when people say no-one can dominate.

In fact, Trump has met Higgins in a final for the second time in a week after their meeting in Gloucester on Wednesday. I am reliably informed that it's the first time the same two players have met in consecutive ranking event finals since 1995 when Higgins did the same with Steve Davis.

This victory in Sofia will be particularly sweet for Judd. He's been playing sensational snooker for a short while now - yet as I blogged here Higgins was proving to be his achilles' heel.

Trump beat Higgins for the first time in five meetings here to win the fourth European PTC of the season and was well worth his win. Higgins couldn't get near him. This kind of performance against a player who has caused him much trouble comes as a timely boost with the defence of his UK Championship crown now less than a fortnight away.

Judd is a dangerous beast at the best of times but, so rich in confidence, he's capable of blowing away the entire field.

John is the kind of player who won't let defeat deter him. He knows he can beat anyone - including Judd - and is the playing the game again with renewed vigour and a hunger that will ensure results follow.

Trump and Higgins will be the out and out favourites in York and have proved why over the past couple of tournaments. Today, they are the two best players in the world.

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