Judd Trump is the one who emerged from yesterdays group. He will play Mark Allen on Saturday evening.
TRUMP BLASTS PAST UN-NOOH TO SET UP ALLEN SEMI
Group 2 Final
Judd Trump 6–3 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
73-37, 64-43 (60), 114-16 (114), 132-0 (128), 6-113 (73), 93-0 (89), 33-73 (61), 27-93 (66), 81-0 (71)
Judd Trump 4-0 Stephen Maguire
101-0 (76), 102-4 (102), 69-57, 75 (68)-31
Kyren Wilson 3-4 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
82-19 (62), 47-63 (63), 0-81 (51), 7-94 (90), 103-24 (102), 102-0 (98), 8-69 (69)
Judd Trump defeated Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6-3 in the ManBetX Champion of Champions Group 2 Final to set up a semi-final clash with Mark Allen at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
Trump had earlier beaten Stephen Maguire 4-0 in his group semi-final and was the same score ahead of Un-Nooh at the mid-session interval in their best-of-11 group final.
The match was a repeat of Sunday’s final of the Yushan World Open, which Trump won 10-5, the sixth tournament he had won in the last 12 months.
The World No.1 made a flying start but after the break Un-Nooh fought back. A 73 reduced the deficit, but Trump looked on the verge when he took the sixth with a 89 to go 5-1 up. His Thai opponent, though, wasn’t going out without a fight and closed the gap to 5-3 before Trump completed the victory with a 71 break in the ninth.
“I felt good towards the end of the match,” said Trump. “I had a big lead at the interval and a couple of things didn’t go my way towards the end, but I always felt if I had a chance I would take it.
“Recently I have been getting off to good starts and putting opponents under pressure and that was the same today. He was missing a few more than he normally does and I was able to pounce on his mistakes.
“I stayed pretty confident. If it had gone 5-5 I would have been under pressure but I knew I would get another chance and I had the belief I would take it. I have a lot of confidence from the win in Yushan and I am bringing that into this event.
“I saw a little bit of Mark Allen’s match last night. He is an attacking player, I think the table will suit him because it is very, very fast out there and with his cue action that will suit him. It will be a tough semi-final and I’ll have to improve my game from how I played today.”
The group phase of the ManBetX Champion of Champions concludes on Thursday as Ronnie O’Sullivan faces Jimmy White before John Higgins takes on Stuart Bingham.
Judd Trump played well and Theppy, far from his best, was unable to apply much pressure. He fought with all he had though. Both players must still have been jet-lagged – they only arrived back in the UK on Tuesday – but Thepchaiya looked the more affected of the two. It’s maybe not surprising as he already felt tiredness in China. He had told the press that the excitement and the stress of the latter stages were preventing him from sleeping and eating properly. He said that he had lost weight … hopefully he will get back to normal soon or he will disappear altogether!
Regarding the schedule … there was again a discussion on twitter yesterday, starting with one person claiming that the schedule was disgusting and that “surely” the Yushan finalists should have been playing today instead. That immediately evolved into a Ronnie slagging-off party, some suggesting that he had requested to play today, others that WS was “pampering” him, sparing him traveling or spending more time in Coventry … The whole thing was totally unfounded. Ronnie was ALWAYS due to play the last qualifier. At the time Worldsnooker and Matchroom published the schedule, there were still players in the draw in Yushan that had not yet qualified, notably Michael Holt. If one of those had won the World Open they would have been Ronnie’s opponent. They, of course, would have been playing in the Final in Yushan, and, moreover, they would have had to make the necessary arrangements for their travel and stay in Coventry. They couldn’t have done it before they actually qualified. So it was perfectly logical to schedule that group last.
Ronnie plays today … and I just hope he plays better that he did in recent weeks.