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Judd Trump Secures Return to Tempodrom

The Englishman was made to work hard for his qualification win.

Judd Trump booked his place in the last 32 of the German Masters at the Tempodrom in January after beating Anthony Hamilton 5-3 in Cannock on Thursday.

Trump won the first three frames of the contest at the Chase Leisure Centre, but the 2017 champion came roaring back with breaks of 74 and 130 to level.



Both players had opportunities in the remaining two frames, but the world number one duly took both with runs of 58 and 100 to progress to the venue stages in Berlin.

The 32 year-old has won the German Masters in each of the last two campaigns, but Trump hasn’t competed at the famous Tempodrom arena since 2019 because last year’s edition was forced to be held at Milton Keynes.

Elsewhere, there were a couple of upsets as Barry Hawkins went down in a 5-3 defeat to Michael Georgiou and China’s Gao Yang overcame higher-ranked countryman Xiao Guodong in a decider.

Georgiou, a former Snooker Shoot Out champion, is competing in this event as an amateur top-up and took advantage of a poor display from the world number 14.

Craig Steadman will also feature in the German capital city in the new year after completing a 5-2 victory over Zhang Jiankang.

In the first qualifying round, several other players got their German Masters preliminaries under way with the standout result seeing Luca Brecel down Stuart Bingham 5-1.

Si Jiahui and Michael White – two other amateurs making up the numbers – ended the hopes of former finalist Graeme Dott and Welsh Open winner Jordan Brown respectively.

There were no such issues for Neil Robertson, however, with the Australian joined in the next round by the in-form Ricky Walden.

Germany’s own Simon Lichtenberg moved one step closer to participating in his home tournament thanks to a 5-1 triumph over Sanderson Lam, while Zhang Anda and Wu Yize progressed too.

Those eight winners will compete against each other for four more spots in the last 32 on Friday, while the likes of Mark Allen and Jack Lisowski also enter the fold in round one.

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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the UK Championship – won by Zhao Xintong.

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

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