Judd Trump Triumphs in Semis, Eyes Fourth Ranking Title at Spreadex World Grand Prix Final

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Judd Trump secured his sixth final appearance of the season and kept his pursuit of a fourth ranking title alive by defeating Cao Yupeng 6-2 in the semi-finals of the Spreadex World Grand Prix in Leicester.

The world number two, Trump, anticipates a thrilling final on Sunday, facing either Ronnie O’Sullivan or Ding Junhui as he vies for his 27th career ranking title. This season, the 34-year-old has been in exceptional form, reaching five additional finals and clinching ranking titles at the English Open, Wuhan Open, and Northern Ireland Open during a remarkable October.

Despite a strong start, Trump faced a resilient challenge from China’s Cao, who is still chasing his first title. Nevertheless, Trump secured his 42nd career ranking final, positioning himself to potentially claim this event’s title for the fourth time.

Trump asserted dominance in the initial three frames with breaks of 70, 106, and 61, while Cao struggled to pocket a ball. Although Cao made an impressive clearance in frame four, Trump maintained control and headed into the interval with a 3-2 lead.

Frames six and seven were characterized by scrappy play, with Trump emerging victorious in both to extend his lead to 5-2. In the eighth frame, Trump seemed poised for an easy victory but faltered on a tricky black at 60. Cao had an opportunity to capitalize but missed the black on 24, ending his hopes of a comeback.

Reflecting on the match, Trump, the 2019 World Champion, acknowledged the challenges but expressed satisfaction with his performance. He highlighted the importance of staying focused and flowing with the game, ultimately securing his place in the final.

“I started really well and should have gone 4-0 up,” said Trump. “It’s nice to be the first player through to the final. I’ll watch the other game and look forward to the challenge ahead. They are both amazing players. I would love to go up against Ronnie when he’s in great form. Ding beat me at the UK Championship, so it would be good to get revenge over him.”

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