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Winning Start for Judd Trump in World Grand Prix

Judd Trump compiled a break of 145 as he beat Tom Ford 4-2 on day one of the World Grand Prix in Preston.

Judd Trump

Trump beat O’Sullivan in the 2015 final.

The 2015 champion fell 2-1 down to his fellow Englishman but rattled off the last three frames to book his place in the last 16, where he’ll meet Barry Hawkins.

The 145 in the fourth frame currently stands as the highest break of the tournament, where £5,000 is up for grabs.

Hawkins similarly recorded a 4-2 victory in a low-scoring, scrappy affair with Kyren Wilson.

By contrast, the encounter between Michael White and John Higgins was packed with breaks above 50, and it was the Welshman who pipped the Scot 4-3.

White, who drew some amusement from followers for his more than revealing attire, suggesting a nickname of “The Plumber” might be more appropriate than “Lightning”, had an opportunity to make a maximum in the decider only to miss the 13th red on 96.

It was a much simpler outing for English Open champion Liang Wenbo after the Chinese no.2 thumped Dominic Dale in a whitewash.

ITV4 began its coverage of the tournament amid a lot of criticism, notably for taking commercial breaks while the frames were actually been played.

On Tuesday, eight more first round ties take place at the Guild Hall with Ronnie O’Sullivan and defending champion Shaun Murphy among those in action.

Click here to view the draw (Times: CET)

 

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