World Championship 2011 - Day 1 - Judd Trump defeats the world champion

11:35:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Judd Trump defeats the world champion
The first day of the 2011 World Championship gave is the first name through to the Last 16 round, and that name is Judd Trump. Ironically or not, he was the one who ended Neil Robertson’s dream of defeating his world title, won 12 months ago at the Crucible. A thrilling match that had it all and gave it all, a match that made is think that if the rest are going to be just like this one, we shall definitely need a new set of fingernails.

As the fist session was ended, Judd was in the lead 5-4 over Neil, but the match started by being quite a balanced one. If the Australian was winning a frame, the Englishman was cashing the next one and so the story went one for the first part of the day. But at night (well, evening) things started to take another turn.

The Crucible curse hits again, Robbo being the victim
A strategically clearance of only 33 points was giving Robbo the confidence he was needing as the scoreline was once again equalized at three a piece, but following the same pattern, his opponent hit a 70 break as to go in front. Not letting himself discouraged by what was going on and knowing that this is a very important match, Neil hit a 59 as to draw, but he also took the lead with a 90 break. For the first time since the beginning of the match the Aussie and current world champion was in the lead 7-6.

However this didn’t seem to bother wise Trump too much. With an enormous auto-discipline, the Bristol young man hit a 67 to restore the equality and a 75 to put his nose in front one more time 8-7. A scrappy affair was also being cashed by Judd, the Englishman being now very close to victory, only Neil’s series of 36 and 25 postponing the final verdict.

Shaun Murphy almost crashing Campbell
In the end, Trump made a beautiful 83, break that meant he was just kneeling down the current world champion and amazingly, from the first round! What a match! What a match! If you watched it, then you know what I’m talking about, as the common feeling was that I was watching a final of an important snooker tournament :-))

At table number two, Shaun Murphy was taking on the Scot Marcus Campbell in what was a one-way encounter, as Murphy’s breaks of 93, 100, 56, 68, 53, 99 and 96 were giving him the advantage of entering the second session with a 9-0 lead! Oh dear Lord, this smells like the second whitewash in the Crucible history! :-))

Day two comes with a new set of matches, along with those who need to finish their second session, as it follows:

10:00 (UK time)
Ding Junhui v. Jamie Burnett
Jamie Cope v. Andrew Pagett*

14:30 (UK time)
Stephen Hendry v. Joe Perry
Shaun Murphy v. Marcus Campbell*

19:00 (UK time)
Ali Carter v. Dave Harold*
Mark Williams v. Ryan Day*
*the second session

TV coverage:
15:30-17:00 (British EuroSport 2)
16:00-17:30 (British EuroSport)
16:00-18:00 (BBC 2)
20:00-22:00 (British EuroSport)
00:30-01:20 (BBC 2)
01:20-03:20 (BBC 2)

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