Trump wins International Championship

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Judd Trump - the 2012 International Championship winner
Judd Trump added to his number one spot a beautiful victory of 10-8 in China, by playing Neil Robertson in the final of the first edition of the International Championship. 

Seems like the history has a way of repeating itself, since Trump used the same scoreline back in 2011 to win the China Open trophy by facing Mark Selby, but also the UK Championship after disputing a very interesting final with Mark Allen.

He's world number one and what a better way to prove to the entire world that he deserves that place, rather than win the tournament that led him to the top of the mountain.

Neil Robertson - the 2012 International Championship runner-up
The 23-year-old player from Bristol started his journey with Fergal O'Brien, who capitulated 6-3, continued with a brilliant 6-0 victory recorded in front of Aditya Mehta, a 6-5 with Mark Allen and another smashing scoreline of 9-1 by playing Peter Ebdon in the semi-final.

The final battle against Neil Robertson proved to be one hell of a match, especially when the Australian player hit purple patch and started cashing one frame after another.

It was with runs of 61 and 46 that Judd was opening the scoreline in his favour at 2-0, but Robertson stormed in and hit in breaks of 77, 68, 59 and 51, not only to draw lever, but also to put himself 4-2 up.
The mighty "vase" trophy

Still, by the end of the first session the difference between the two snooker gladiators was settled at just one frame, with the same Robertson in command at 5-4.

At returning into the arena, hours later, Trump took off and levelled the match, throwing one more from into his bag just for a quick 6-5 lead.

But Robertson fought back and with runs of 68, 88 and 73 he put himself just two frames away from the victory line, at 8-6. He was very much in control of the match and seemed favourite to win it.

However, Trump had other plans in mind and during the next frames he wasn't afraid to reveal them to the public. So with runs of 38, 96, a great 119 clearance, 39 and 33 he found his way back into the match and continued to pot one ball after another, in order to froze the scoreline at 10-8. A total and undisputed victory for the Englishman.

The entire gang, each holding the symbol of Chengdu - a Panda
Richer with £125,000 and with the privilege of becoming the 10th world number one in the history of snooker, Judd Trump has written an important page in the sport's book of great performances after a week of cue-crossings.

On the other hand, not as lucky as Trump, but with a great run in this tournament, Neil Robertson fails once more to conquer a Chinese title, his mind flying to the next year World Open, where he hopes to grab a "yellow" trophy. 

Until then, though there are plenty more tournaments that wait for him, one of them being (ironically) the one for which Judd Trump is defending champion, the UK Championship.