Ronnie was beaten by Judd Trump yesterday evening in the World Grand Prix semi-finals round. He lost by 6-1. Here are the scores:
Imperious Trump Blitzes O’Sullivan
Judd Trump provided more evidence that he has superseded Ronnie O’Sullivan as snooker’s most powerful force with a resounding 6-1 victory to reach the final of the matchroom World Grand Prix.
Trump has now won five of his last six matches against O’Sullivan, and tonight’s clash was the most one-sided of those meetings, as the younger man completely outplayed his opponent. Full of confidence, Trump made two centuries and three more breaks over 50 as he cruised into the final.
O’Sullivan may have won the World Championship in August, but Trump’s consistency over the past 25 months has been extraordinary. The world number one, fearless against any opponent, has won 12 tournaments over that period and reached four further finals.
On Sunday he will face Mark Selby or Jack Lisowski over 19 frames for the £100,000 top prize. Victory would give 31-year-old Trump his 20th ranking title and third of the season.
Bristol’s Trump took the first three frames tonight with a top break of 59. In the fourth, he missed a red to a top corner on 65, letting his opponent in for a 71 clearance to make it 3-1 at the interval.
That clearance proved the only highlight of the contest for O’Sullivan. Trump reeled off the last three frames with runs of 100, 107 and 69.
“It was a special performance tonight,” said Trump. “After the first frame I felt in control. My safety was good and I forced him into errors. It’s important against Ronnie not to let him get in front, so after the first frame I was on top.
“I am somewhere near my best. But I strongly believe he will get back to his best soon. Everyone goes through spells where they lose confidence. You have to stamp on your opponent when he is down – Ronnie has done that to everyone in the past. I want to keep winning our matches to keep that doubt in his head.
“There have been a lot of events this season, I have just been happy to be playing and enjoying snooker. That attitude has stood me in good stead. I have battled through matches when I have been behind and won a few deciding frames. Now there is one final hurdle of the year to get over.”
Asked who he would prefer to play in the final, Trump replied: “Mark Selby looks back to his best and I would like to test myself against him. But I’d be really happy for Jack Lisowski if he beats Mark and that would be an excellent final.”
O’Sullivan said: “The way Judd is playing at the moment, you have to bring your A game to have a chance. If you don’t, you can get beaten very heavily. He is cleaning up, the only player who can give him a game is Neil Robertson. Those two and Mark Selby will win the majority of the tournaments this season.”
The score is very one-sided, but the first mini session, that ended with Judd leading 3-1, certainly was very close. It wasn’t a blitz either as the first two frames in particular were lengthy ones. In that first part of the match, Judd was only marginally the better player. Ronnie applied himself – as he has done all season so far – and played some really excellent safeties. In the first two frames played for snookers and got them but couldn’t win the frames. The way he lost the second one was particularly unfortunate. He also didn’t get any run of the balls … something he wouldn’t mention contrary to some other player(s) whenever they lose 😉.
The second mini-session was a lot faster and Judd dominated it.
WORLD GRAND PRIX SNOOKER 2020 – JUDD TRUMP POWERS PAST RONNIE O’SULLIVAN TO BOOK FINAL SPOT
Judd Trump knocked in his 47th and 48th centuries of the season on his way to victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. The world number one has been dominant over the world champion in recent times and was impressive in claiming a 6-1 victory.
Judd Trump produced a supreme display, rolling in two centuries, to beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-1 to reach the final of the World Grand Prix.
O’Sullivan against Trump is the big rivalry in the game: the world champion versus the world number one.
Trump has had the upper hand in recent times, winning four of their previous five meetings ahead of the clash at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. And that record was enhanced on Friday, as he edged into an early lead and never relinquished the advantage.
Fireworks were predicted, but it was a damp-squib of a start. Trump – who lost in the second round in this event last season – took the opening frame in 34 minutes and it was similarly cagey in the second.
O’Sullivan stroked in an excellent opening red, but a big kick left him out of position and Trump knocked in a 59 – leaving his opponent requiring two snookers with only one red left on the table.
The world champion got them both, but he missed a long red and it let in Trump to take the second frame after well over an hour of play.
O’Sullivan was subdued in the first couple of frames, but burst into life with an excellent break in the third. He knocked in a series of difficult pots, but broke down on the final red – leaving it in the jaws and Trump stepped in to clear to the pink and move three frames to the good.
Losing the third could have been a hammer blow to O’Sullivan – and it looked like being the case when Trump got in amongst the balls in the fourth. He knocked in a 65 and was a red and a colour away from the frame, but did not convert a red down the side rail.
O’Sullivan emerged from his chair and knocked in a supreme break of 71 to get on the scoreboard.
Trump came back after the interval unfazed by the loss of the previous frame as he stepped up to the table and knocked in a fantastic 100 – his 47th century of the season – to move 4-1 in front.
Century number 48 – a 107 – came in the following frame as Trump moved to within one frame of victory.
Trump got the better of a safety battle at the start of the seventh frame and it set him up to close out the victory in style.
… (Ronnie’s quotes)
“I’ve got no complaints. I didn’t give him a game and even if was on my game, I maybe still wouldn’t have given him a game,” said O’Sullivan, who overcame Ali Carter, Barry Hawkins and Kyren Wilson without ever excelling in the event. “He was potting them off the lampshades.
“Scoring for fun, very good safety – there’s not a lot you can do about it when your opponent plays perfect snooker.
“Whenever you get chances against Judd, you have to take them these days. If you don’t take them, it’s going to be your last one.”
… (about Judd’s potential opponents chances in the Final)
“He is beatable, but you have to play very well to beat him. He’s playing flawless snooker.
“The guys that are left in are capable of beating him, but whether they can do that remains to be seen.”
“It will be interesting to watch.”
… (Judd’s quotes)
“I can’t remember anybody having a start to a season like this,” he said. “I remember Stephen Hendry in his prime, reaching six or seven finals in a season.
“I’ve not seen anybody have the consistency I’ve had this season. It just motivates me to play even more and it is nice people expect me to win even when I play Ronnie.
“I’ve just to keep improving and keep reaching the latter stages and eventually I’ll have some credit.“
It’s not the first time that Judd complains about not getting enough credit. I think that he gets a lot of credit by commentators and pundits, and here again by his beaten opponent. His consistency over the last two seasons is exceptional indeed.
There is a few things he should consider though:
- When Hendry was in his prime there were only about 8-10 ranking tournaments per season. So reaching finals in six or seven of them was quite something.
- Hendry and Ronnie were/are serial winners when it came/comes to major events. Judd hasn’t done that well in them so far.
- Even when comparing with players closer to him in age, he hasn’t yet built the same “legacy”. Mark Selby has won 19 ranking titles, like Judd, but that includes 3 Worlds and 2 UKs; Judd has won each just once. Mark has also won the Masters 3 times from 5 finals; Judd has won the Masters once, on the only occasion he reached the final.
He has the potential and the opportunities to build a fantastic legacy, he has more events to play in than ever before, and nobody in his “generation” seems to be capable of challenging him. When you look at who he has met in finals over the last years, it’s mainly Ronnie and Neil Robertson, then John Higgins, Stuart Bingham, Shaun Murphy. Yes, he’s beating them, particlarly the last two years. He’s about 14 years younger than Ronnie, Bingham, Higgins, and 7 years younger than Robertson and Murphy. He has time on his side, a lot of confidence and little opposition coming after him.