Trump wins dra­matic fi­nal against O’Sul­li­van to claim European Masters ti­tle

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Judd Trump claimed his sixth rank­ing ti­tle in the most dra­matic of fi­nals, de­feat­ing Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van to cap­ture the European Masters ti­tle.

It was the pair’s sixth meet­ing in a pro­fes­sional fi­nal and Trump trailed for much of the match, be­fore snatch­ing the crown in the fi­nal frame and se­cur­ing a 9-8 vic­tory.

Both players pro­duced dom­i­nant per­for­mances yes­ter­day, in a star stud­ded semi-fi­nal line up. Trump de­feated World Cham­pion Mark Selby 6-2. O’Sul­li­van put on a snooker mas­ter­class, as he de­mol­ished Neil Robert­son 60 in just un­der an hour and a quar­ter.

In the fi­nal it was O’Sul­li­van who was first to trou­ble the scor­ers. Trump made a break of 34 at the start of the frame, how­ever he re­lin­quished con­trol of the ta­ble and the Rocket stole it on the black.

The five-time World Cham­pion O’Sul­li­van made breaks of 53 and 62, as he moved into a 3-1 lead. Trump hit back by pro­duc­ing runs of 120 and 82 to take two of the next three. O’Sul­li­van won the fi­nal frame of the ses­sion and held a 5-3 lead go­ing into the evening.

The 2011 UK Cham­pion Trump im­me­di­ately elim­i­nated the deficit in the fi­nal ses­sion. A su­perb cen­tury break of 105 saw him draw level and a con­tri­bu­tion of 67 in the eleventh frame put him ahead for the first time at 6-5.

How­ever, the Rocket turned on the af­ter burn­ers and cruised to the verge of vic­tory. Runs of 93, 72 and 42 saw him win three on the bounce and go 8-6 up. Trump just wasn’t go­ing away and he forced a de­cider, mak­ing another cen­tury of 109 in the process.

In the fi­nal frame the Judd pro­duced a gutsy run of 74 to clinch the tro­phy.

Af­ter the match, Trump said that he could not be­lieve he would be able to win the match af­ter hav­ing gone down 8-6 against O’Sul­li­van.

“It’s nice to win this tour­na­ment and get my con­fi­dence back.”

It was only O’Sul­li­van’s se­cond de­feat in a rank­ing fi­nal since 2010.

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