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Judd Trump Reclaims Snooker’s World Number One

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.

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Trump has won five ranking trophies in the last two-year period. Photo credit: World Snooker

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.

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.

Live coverage continues on Eurosport.

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9 Comments

  1. ANTOINE ZAMMIT

    TRUMP IS THE BEST EVER. ANTOINE FROM MALTA.

  2. paul watts

    There is only one number one and thats not judd trump a one time only world champion and never will be again

  3. paul watts

    Roll on 2020 to crown a new world champion and that will not be judd trump

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  5. David Newth

    Can someone explain why we keep playing major tournaments in China when the world No1 is playing in the quarter final watched by one man and a dog?

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  8. I think that. Judd Trump has really matured and thinks more about his game,having Jack his brother with him on tour and as he says has helped him a lot Keep going Judd!!!

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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the World Snooker Championship – won by Mark Selby.

1. Judd Trump
2. Mark Selby
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Shaun Murphy
6. Kyren Wilson
7. John Higgins
8. Ding Junhui
9. Stephen Maguire
10. Yan Bingtao
11. Mark Williams
12. Mark Allen
13. Barry Hawkins
14. Jack Lisowski
15. Stuart Bingham
16. Anthony McGill

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