Trump retains European Masters title

23:00:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Judd Trump beat Stuart Bingham 9-7 to win this year's European Masters crown and at the same time managed to defend his first ranking title.

It was the autumn of 2016 in Bucharest, Romania when Trump was beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in a cracking final that saw all its frames being played, in order to win the first edition of the European Masters.

A year later, the same Judd Trump almost ended on another decider, to retain his European Masters crown, this time by playing another world champion, Stuart Bingham, in the city of Lommel, Belgium.

The cues-battle was a pretty balanced one, as the lads started going hand-in-hand up until 2-2 when Bingham fired in breaks of 107 and 101 to go 4-2 ahead. Still, by the end of the first session, Trump was sure to level up against his partner-in-crime at four apiece.

The second session was opened with a tremendous 130 break, which bared Stu's signature, but Trump's breaks of 107 and 66 were taking the Bristolian at 7-5 up as the interval came knocking.

A few minutes later and after runs of 31, 38 and 78, the scoreline was once again a draw, as Bingham proved he's in his rights to win the title.

Still, Trump's breaks of 66 and 107 were too strong to see any reply from his opponent and so the match ended on 9-7.

Delighted over his win, Trump admitted that his victory means even more, since this is the first time that he manages to defend a title.

Photo credit (3): World Snooker