Judd Trump beat Joe Perry 6-2 in the last 16 of the International Championship – a win that guarantees he will regain snooker’s world number one position.
The Englishman, who began this week’s tournament in second place behind Ronnie O’Sullivan, will receive at least £21,500 in prize money for reaching the quarter-finals.
This amount will prove to be enough for the new world champion to be at the summit of the standings for the first time since 2013.
It’s difficult to argue against Trump’s worth of being snooker’s world number one.
The 29 year-old enjoyed a tremendous 2018/19 campaign, winning three ranking titles in total including the blue riband World Championship for the first time in his career in May.
Trump’s performance in that showpiece final against John Higgins will go down as one of the best ever produced and he has carried that form into the new term.
After negotiating his opening few hurdles in Daqing, Trump came up against a formidable foe in countryman Perry.
Yet, the Bristol potter showed few signs of nerves as he reeled off breaks of 111, 101, 76, 74, and 62 to power through to the last eight.
Trump, of course, was first bestowed with snooker’s world number one ranking almost seven years ago following his victory in the inaugural International Championship in Chengdu.
Congratulations Judd Trump @judd147t through to the QFs beating Joe Perry 6-2
And with that win as well as World Champion he regains World No 1 Spot on Monday from Ronnie O’Sullivan, first time since early 2013 #Snooker #internationalChampionship 🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/POlqEg5TuO
— Phil Mudd (@MuddPhil) August 7, 2019
The reigning Masters champion could only hold onto the coveted spot for a total of 11 weeks in total but with the standard he’s conjuring up at present, he could be in for a longer stint at the top.
Indeed, Trump currently boasts a lead of more than £200,000 in the provisional end-of-season rankings – albeit there’s a lot to play for between now and the return to the Crucible next year.
Trump has an attractive style of play and an affable young personality that is almost tailor made to represent the poster image of the game.
Snooker’s in good hands and it’ll be intriguing to see whether he can dominate in any fashion over the coming months and years.
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