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World Snooker Championship 2022: Judd Trump Stages Fantastic Fightback Against Ronnie O’Sullivan

Judd Trump
Judd Trump defeated John Higgins in the 2019 final
Meeting point: Crucible Theater, Sheffield Date: April 16-2. May
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Judd Trump staged a fantastic fightback to move back to within three frames of Ronnie O’Sullivan at 14-11 in the World Cup final.

After 12-5 overnight, 2019 winner Trump opened with a stunning 107 and skipped five of the next six photos.

Six-time champion O’Sullivan responded twice with half a century to re-establish significant leads.

But a stylish 105 from Trump leaves the fight nicely balanced ahead of the final session at. 19:00 BST.

O’Sullivan had arrived at Crucible in hopes of equaling Stephen Hendry’s record of seven world titles in the modern era by ending the victory with a session to spare, for the first time since the Scot defeated Jimmy White 18-5 in 1993.

For the first time in this year’s championship, however, he ended up losing a session when Trump, who had struggled hard on Sunday, produced his best form in the final.

If Trump were to complete an epic comeback Monday night, it would be the second-biggest turnaround in Crucible’s history, following Dennis Taylor’s famous 8-0 down revival to win the 1985 final against Steve Davis.

Although Trump looked good from the moment he made his first century, it was hard to imagine him having to find a serious way back to the fight as he looked to lose a crucial 21st frame.

Well set up at 45, he missed a plant to the right in the middle and saw O’Sullivan, who had failed to pot a ball for more than 25 minutes, make a break of 64 to take the frame.

With increasing excitement, both players were guilty of unexpected misses, but Trump won the next two – including the 23rd frame, in which O’Sullivan seeped a red into the jaws of the top pocket before his opponent managed the pink to do so. 13-10.

A missed black from his seat cost Trump in the next, but he benefited from a big run in the afternoon’s final frame to put an exciting finale in a match that had seemed to be a matter of course at the start of the day.

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