China Open 2011 - Trump beats Murphy for a place in the final

14:06:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

The youngster Trump gets into the final
The first semi-final to take place today was the one between Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy, a match that proved who’s Judd Trump: a potential threat for any player and a genuine talent for the snooker industry. He played beautifully in order to reach tomorrow’s final, beating Shaun Murphy 6-1.

Judd Trump seems to be cueing more than great and with that winner attitude he will cash another ranking title (let’s not forget he has the EPTC 1 event title under his belt already) in no time, maybe even this China Open. He keeps on hitting the ball good and tends to kill frames in one visit, leaving his opponent in his seat, frustrated by the way things are going.
That happened with Shaun Murphy, whose playing form wasn’t that good, Trump potting his way through the balls, while Murphy was "almost there": almost there to pot frame balls, simple balls, long shots etc. Unfortunately for him, that was going to cost him the place in the final.

Not a very good day for Shauny
The match started with Judd taking over the first two frames, first one being decided on the black and the second one on the blue, so you can see that the scoreline was kind of close, both players struggling to put their nose in front. As Judd hit in runs of 36 and 64, his nose was the first to appear on our TV screens :-)))
Breaks of 53 and 32 were going to bring Murphy his first and only frame of the match, the next one being cashed by the youngster due to some really poor safety shots that Shaun made.

After the mid-session interval, the scoreline was 3-1 in favor of Judd, but that was going to change into 4-1, as Trump hit in break of 43 and 33. A huge chance was going to be given to Murphy in the following frame, as his opponent was stopping his break at 41, but sadly for the Englishman he only succeeded in reaching a 44 due to missing a tricky red, Trump returning to the table for a 20... and a frame, like the referees say.
The last frame was going to see Judd making a 53 break as he missed a red, Murphy coming to the table and hopping to keep this match alive. Again, he only collected 33 points as he missed an easy black, due to the fact that he was concentrating to get a good position for the next shot on the yellow. Needless to say, that Judd came and almost clear the colors (only the black was left) to win the frame and the match.

The second semi-final is due to start at 12:30 (UK time) and will feature the battle between Mark Selby and Ding Junhui. ;-)