Jak Jones Stuns Judd Trump: The Quarter-Final Upset at the Crucible

Judd Trump’s hopes for claiming a second Cazoo World Championship title were shattered by Jak Jones, ranked 44th in the world, who clinched a 13-9 victory, marking the most significant quarter-final upset ever witnessed at the Crucible.

Trump, ranked second globally, entered Sheffield riding high on his five ranking titles this season, positioned as the second favorite for the championship, trailing only Ronnie O’Sullivan. However, he struggled to find his rhythm against the tenacious Jones, committing numerous unforced errors. Despite leading 8-7 initially, Trump faltered, losing six of the last seven frames. His highest break in the final session was a mere 22.

At 30 years old, Welshman Jones was competing in only his fourth ranking event quarter-final since turning pro in 2010. He showcased his affinity for the Crucible, having reached the last eight the previous year, defeating Neil Robertson before falling to Mark Allen. Jones remained composed under pressure, demonstrating an excellent safety game and crafting several notable breaks, including a century in the decisive moments.

This victory marks Jones’s second appearance in a ranking event semi-final, following his debut at the 2022 Gibraltar Open. He is set to face either O’Sullivan or Stuart Bingham in a 33-frame contest spanning Thursday to Saturday. Jones is guaranteed a substantial payout of £100,000, significantly surpassing his previous earnings, and could break into the world’s top 16 if he advances to the final.

Trump initially led 27-15 in the opening frame, only to be overtaken by Jones after a missed opportunity on the pink. Jones capitalized, seizing a 9-8 lead. Despite Trump’s efforts to level the score in the 18th frame, Jones maintained his momentum, securing a lead of 10-9 with an 87 break. Trump’s chances dwindled further in the 20th frame as Jones capitalized on another error to extend his lead to 11-9. A critical mistake from Trump in the 21st frame sealed his fate, allowing Jones to secure victory with a stylish 106 break in the final frame.

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