Judd Trump’s Dramatic Comeback at MrQ Masters Secures Quarter-Final Spot

Judd Trump, the defending champion, narrowly escaped a potential first-round exit at the MrQ Masters, producing a remarkable clearance in the decisive frame to secure a 6-5 victory over Kyren Wilson.

Despite Wilson’s comeback from 5-3 down to level the score at 5-5, he missed a crucial opportunity in the decider with a break of 51, running out of position. Seizing the moment, Trump stepped up and cleared the table with a break of 65, clinching a spot in the quarter-finals against Ali Carter.

Trump, a two-time Masters champion (2019 and last year), continued his streak of close victories, overcoming Ryan Day 6-5 and Barry Hawkins 6-5 in the previous rounds. Despite not performing at his best, Trump demonstrated resilience and found an extra gear when it mattered most.

Having dominated the season with three ranking titles in October, Trump aims to join the elite group of players who have won the Masters on more than two occasions.

In the match against Wilson, breaks of 65 and 76 gave Wilson the initial advantage. Trump fought back with runs of 52, 101, and 83, bringing the score to 3-3. The following frames saw Wilson falter in safety shots, allowing Trump to go 5-3 up. Wilson, however, rallied to win the ninth frame, and in the tenth, a stroke of misfortune for Trump led to a remarkable 58 clearance by Wilson, leveling the score at 5-5.

In the decisive frame, Wilson had the initial chance but a positional error and a missed red allowed Trump to capitalize. Trump cleared the table, securing his spot in the quarter-finals for the eighth time in this event.

Reflecting on the match, Trump acknowledged the unusual nature of the game and admitted to feeling nervous throughout. He highlighted his struggle with cue ball control but credited his shortened backswing for aiding his position during the critical clearance.

Wilson expressed disappointment at his missed opportunities in the final frame, acknowledging Trump’s champion mindset in making the decisive clearance. Despite the loss, Wilson emphasized the significance of the event for the future of snooker and the valuable experience gained by his two boys who were in attendance.

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