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Favourite Judd Trump Through to Last Eight

It’s the 11th ranking event quarter-final that he has reached this season.

Tournament favourite Judd Trump progressed to the last eight of the 2021 World Snooker Championship after completing a 13-8 triumph against David Gilbert on Monday in Sheffield.

The world number one started the second-round fixture slowly and trailed 3-1 at the first mid-session interval on Sunday morning, but he subsequently won ten out of the next dozen frames to lead 11-5 overnight.

Gilbert fought gallantly in an attempt to prolong the inevitable, winning the first and second frames of the third session to reduce the arrears to four frames.

But Trump halted the mini comeback with a tidy 107 – his fourth ton of the clash – and even though he stumbled slightly with the winning line in sight, he eventually got the job done in the 21st frame.

The 31 year-old, champion at the Crucible Theatre two years ago, will face either Shaun Murphy or Yan Bingtao in the next round with a place in the semi-finals at stake.

Trump is the favourite for glory this year after another stellar season which could yet conclude with a sixth ranking title that would match his own record for a single term.

All eyes will be on the Englishman and Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals, with a potential mouthwatering repeat of their UK Championship final showdown to come in the last four.


Meanwhile, Stuart Bingham also negotiated his last-16 hurdle with relative ease – the 2015 world champion romping to a 13-6 success against fellow qualifier Jamie Jones.

Bingham, whose upcoming task will be Anthony McGill, recently dropped out of the top 16 in the world rankings at just the wrong time, leading to his participation in the preliminaries earlier this month, but after getting through four rounds in this year’s edition so far the Englishman is now guaranteed to end this season back in the elite bracket.

Later on Monday, the second round will reach its climax with Shaun Murphy and Mark Selby looking to turn their respective advantages against Yan Bingtao and Mark Allen into victories.

Live coverage continues on the BBC and Eurosport.

Featured photo credit: WST

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