Trump Secures Semifinal Victory at Huading Nylon World Open, Eyes Fifth Seasonal Title

Judd Trump secured a commanding 6-2 victory over Jackson Page in the semi-final of the Huading Nylon World Open in China, edging closer to his fifth ranking title of the season.

Ranked second globally, Trump is poised to contend against either Neil Robertson or Ding Junhui in the Yushan final on Sunday, vying for the £170,000 grand prize in a race to ten frames.

Should Trump emerge triumphant, it would mark his third instance of clinching five or more ranking titles within five years, following his record-breaking six victories in 2019/20 and five in the subsequent season.

Joining an elite group of players including Stephen Hendry, Ding Junhui, Mark Selby, and Ronnie O’Sullivan, Trump eyes his 28th career ranking title, aiming to match Steve Davis on the all-time list, trailing only O’Sullivan, Hendry, and John Higgins.

Although Welshman Page, who ousted formidable opponents like John Higgins and Mark Selby, experienced his finest career week yet, reaching unprecedented heights in the tournament, he faltered against Trump in the latter stages of today’s clash. Consequently, Page’s aspirations for the upcoming Johnstone’s Paint Tour Championship are dashed, albeit securing a career-high purse of £32,500.

Trump initiated proceedings with a stunning break of 122, notching his sixth century of the week, before eventually seizing four consecutive frames with a top run of 67, as Page struggled to capitalize on opportunities post-interval.

Reflecting on the match, Trump acknowledged the scrappiness of the game, attributing the outcome partly to his experience advantage over Page. Despite admitting to a less-than-stellar performance throughout the week, Trump remains hopeful that his form will peak for the final, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to vie for victory in the Huading Nylon World Open after a memorable season.

Meanwhile, Page’s prospects were marred even before the match commenced, as he incurred a finger injury while retrieving his cue from its case, underscoring the challenges he faced in his first semi-final appearance.

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