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Judd Trump Bounces Back to Form to Land 100k

Judd Trump Bounces Back to Form to Land 100k

Former world number one snooker player Judd Trump prevailed for the first time in a ranking event in the 2021/22 season, with victory coming in the inaugural Turkish Masters tournament. 

The event in Antalya included the majority of the leading players in the sport, and it was Trump who came out on top. The first round began with 128 players, which meant the winner had to prevail in six matches to scoop the £100,000 first prize.

The Turkish Masters winner will be hoping to carry on his form into the World Championship in Sheffield in April. It is the biggest tournament of the season in the sport. Trump is the +400 favorite in the betting on snooker at Betfair for the event.

Given how well he played in Antalya, Trump is likely to be popular in the snooker predictions for the World Championship this year. The English player was successful at the Crucible in 2019, while he also reached the final in 2011.

Trump found his best snooker again in Turkey, particularly in the final against Matthew Selt. He defeated his fellow English compatriot 10-4 in that game. The Ace in the Pack treated the crowd in Turkey to a maximum 147-break in the 10th frame of the match. It was the sixth maximum of his career.

There were also wins over Shaun Murphy (semi-final), Ali Carter (quarter-final), Zhou Yuelong (last 16) and Liang Wenbo (last 32) in the new event on the World Snooker Tour. He was involved in two final frame shootouts in his run to the final, but he held his nerve to win both.

The victory marks the 23rd ranking title in Trump’s career. It brings his career earnings up to £5,916,554. 

Crucible Win Could Help Trump Get Back to World Number One

Trump is third in the world rankings following his victory in Turkey, so he needs to end the season strongly if he is to reclaim his top spot in the standings. He trails Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan, who sit first and second respectively in that list.

Given there is a total prize fund of £2,395,000 at the 2022 World Snooker Championship, with £500,000 going to the winner, it is a big tournament for Trump and the rest of the elite players in the sport.

The man from Bristol was beaten at the Crucible in the quarter-final in 2021 when Murphy defeated him 13-11. He has reached the last eight or better in each of the four renewals of the event.

At the last two world championships, Trump came in as the dominant player on the tour, having won at least four ranking events. That will not be the case this year. He has the opportunity to win another event prior to Crucible when he defends his title at the 2022 Gibraltar Open.

If he does go on to win a second world title this year, he is likely to look back at the Turkish Masters as the turning point in his season. 

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