Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Ace avoids opening round blow

Judd Trump kept his hopes alive in this year’s Betfair Snooker  Masters by edging Barry Hawkins 6-5 in the first round of the competition after coming from 3-5 behind in the match.

The Ace reached the semi-final of this tournament 12 months ago before going out to the defending champion Neil Robertson.
He got his campaign off to a good start against Hawkins after establishing a 3-2 advantage just after the mid-session interval. However, the Hawk won the next three frames of the match to move just one away from victory.
The world number 17 had more than one opportunity to wrap up the match and advnace into the quarter-final but he could not take it. Trump dug in to win the final three frames and secure a 6-5 success.
First a break of 105 reduced his arrears to just two. He then managed to edge 10th set which went all the way down to the blue, before winning the final frame in one visit.
It was a much needed victory for the number two seed after going out in the opening round of the UK Championship last month to Mark Joyce. He will now face Graeme Dott in the last eight after the 2006 world champion defeated Stephen Maguire also in a final frame decider at the Alexander Palace, with the The Masters Odds suggesting he should progress.
Despite scoring better with breaks of 110 and 131, Maguire was unable to see off his fellow Scottish compatriot despite holding a 3-2 lead.
The final frame of the match was tense but Dott held his nerve and used all his years of experience to come through.

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