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Judd Trump v Gary Wilson: World Snooker Championship 2019 Semi-Final preview - Trump out to deny Tyneside Terror

Trump salutes the crowd (credit:Nigel French/PA Images)

Judd Trump looks to book his place in a second World Championship final at the expense of red hot qualifier Gary Wilson at The Crucible.

Trump came closest to lifting snooker's most prestigious trophy in 2011 when he lost out to John Higgins in the final, and the 29-year-old will have his sights set on a potential rematch with the veteran Scot.

The Bristol left-hander is looking to add this title to January's Masters crown to culminate a sensational season in dream fashion.

Trump, who has also claimed the Northern Ireland Open and World Grand Prix titles, finds himself in a fourth Crucible Semi-Final - his first since 2015.

It could have been oh so different for 'The Ace in The Pack' had he not dug deep to edge out Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in a deciding frame in Round One, but he has not looked back since, going on to defeat Ding Junhui 13-9 and Stephen Maguire 13-6.

He now faces a player entering uncharted territory and will look to draw upon his experience in this unique one-table setup in Sheffield.

Wilson, the world number 32, lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan on his Crucible debut two years ago, but has turned on the style to produce the best snooker of his career upon his return.

A former taxi driver, Wilson has taken the scenic route to the Semis, starting with a nail-biting 10-9 win over Luca Brecel, before dumping out three-time World Champion Mark Selby 13-10 and arriving at his destination after a 13-9 victory over Ali Carter.

The 33-year-old is bidding to become only the third player ever to win the World Championship as a qualifier, but faces a formidable test against one of the sport's biggest box office stars over four sessions.

Wilson won the only previous meeting between the two players 5-3 in the 2018 World Open, making two centuries on that occasion.

Their best of 33 encounter gets underway from 7pm BST on Thursday for a total of nine frames, resuming at 2.30pm on Friday before being played to a finish from 10am and 7pm on Saturday. 

Either four-time World Champion John Higgins or three-time ranking finalist David Gilbert will await the winner in the final on Sunday.


Player's View:


Trump: "I've always known he's a good player. 

"I grew up in the era he was coming through, he's a taken a bit longer but he's been in finals before so he knows what it's all about.

"He just seems to be enjoying himself which is so important.

"If you go out there worrying about what's going to happen then you can collapse.

"It's all going to be new to him so it's very important for me to get off to a good start."

Wilson: "I'm absolutely delighted, even more so to be in the one-table setup, which is what you dream of as a kid.

"If I can keep playing as well as I can and try as hard as I can and a few things go my way, you never know.

"I remember being off the tour and struggling for money, thinking what job do I get next. 

"I had been playing snooker since the age of eight, I put my heart and soul into it every day, missed school and nights out with my mates, where was my life going? I am so happy to be making a living out of it now."


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