Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Trump plays comeback card

The twists and turns that have become synonymous with matches at the Masters are what make the tournament so exciting.

Picture by Monique Limbos
We all know Judd Trump loves to entertain, but he will have breathed a sigh of relief after staging an exciting comeback of his own against Barry Hawkins.

The world number two found himself 5-3 and Hawkins was playing rock solid stuff; dependable safety, exemplary shot selection and scoring when he got his chances.

Trump - seemingly on the brink of another first round BBC exit - cranked up the pressure. He started playing with pace and authority.

I asked on Twitter whether this could rattle Barry. It did.

Judd flicked from a fairly average performance to really taking the game to his opponent. As the pressure mounted on Hawkins, Trump seemed to become more determined, and relished the chase.

He made a century in the decider to seal the match. It was superb. It could be a turning point for him to rediscover his best form.

Everyone knows Judd has got the skill. He has been showing more this season that he has the guts for a fight as well.

He likes to be the centre of attention and he likes to triumph with glitz. The Masters is a perfect stage for him.

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