Judd Trump produced a blistering display of heavy scoring to hammer Jimmy Robertson 6-0 in the first round of the Players Championship on Tuesday.
Trump maintained his 100% record in this season’s inaugural Coral Cup series with a resounding triumph over his fellow Englishman – who mustered only 69 points.
A hat-trick of tons added to breaks of 71 and 50 helped Trump on his way to a quarter-final bout with close pal Jack Lisowski in Preston.
Trump was the winner in February’s World Grand Prix in Cheltenham when he walked away with the £100,000 top prize.
Should the Masters champion continue his fine start to 2019 and claim this week’s Players Championship, he’d be in line to receive the £125,000 bonus on offer for anyone who can capture all three Coral Cup series events.
Trump is undoubtedly in the running for player of the season so far after collecting three pieces of silverware in a single campaign for the first time in his career.
Lisowski, meanwhile, struggled past the winning line after an equally lightning start saw him establish a 5-2 advantage over Kyren Wilson.
The latter fought back to reduce his arrears to just one frame but Lisowski’s timely 110 – his second century of the match – finally sent him through to the last eight.
While Trump is guaranteed a berth in the lucrative eight-man Tour Championship that will conclude the Coral Cup later in March, Lisowski is two spots shy of the invitation and needs a big week here to break into the bracket.
The duo met three times earlier this term with Trump emerging victorious on two occasions, including en route to securing the Northern Ireland Open trophy in Belfast in November.
Elsewhere on the second day of action at the Guild Hall, Mark Williams and Neil Robertson secured relatively routine victories over Ali Carter and Joe Perry respectively.
Both players compiled a brace of centuries as they set up an intriguing battle with one another in the next round.
Before that on Wednesday, the first round will reach its conclusion with world number one Mark Selby in action against John Higgins and Stuart Bingham facing David Gilbert.
Live coverage of the Players Championship continues on ITV4 and Eurosport (Outside UK and Ire)
💬”He’s pretty much the best player in the world at the moment.”
High praise for Judd Trump who he faces for the 4th time this season in tomorrow night’s QF…
But first, pancakes! 🥞🍴 pic.twitter.com/WhHOB84pln
— World Snooker (@WorldSnooker) March 5, 2019