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Clinical Judd Trump overcomes Ali Carter to reach Players Championship final

Trump continues his consistent run of results (credit: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Judd Trump booked his place in a third consecutive ranking event final after a 6-4 victory over Ali Carter at the Players Championship in Llandudno on Friday.

The world number three, who finished runner-up in the recent Welsh Open and Gibraltar Open, produced a superb all-round display at Venue Cmyru to continue his blistering run of form.



Trump opened up a 4-2 lead, only for Carter to peg back to parity, but the young left-hander dominated frames nine and ten to seal his spot in Sunday's decider.

"I was pleased to get over the line," Trump told ITV4. "I chucked a few frames away and I was a little bit disappointed with some of the mistakes I made.

"Ali's a hard player to play, he can bully you around the table if he gets in front so it was important to play well.

"I think my long potting was the difference in the end, my safety was good and I kind of bossed the game. 

"If I can cut out those few mistakes then I've got a good chance to win it," he added.

Carter began the contest brightly with a fine break of 83 to seal the opening frame, only for Trump to level and add a break of 75 to go in front.

Trump was punished for a missed frame-ball blue in the third as 'The Captain' cleared the remaining colours to restore parity at the mid-session interval.

Trump, though, came back out firing with successive breaks of 61 and 101 to stamp his authority, only for the typically tenacious Carter to battle his way to frames seven and eight for four apiece.

A mercurial display of break-building from Trump proved the difference as he crashed in contributions of 89 and 58 to seal the deal and remain on course for his second ranking title of the campaign.

The afternoon session saw Ding Junhui complete the Semi-Final line-up with a commanding 5-2 victory over Anthony Hamilton.

China's number one raced into a 3-0 lead, and though the German Masters champion claimed back-to-back frames to kick-start a potential comeback, Ding closed out the win in style.

Ding, who edged out John Higgins 5-4 in the opening round, fired in breaks of 96 and 93 en route to a 3-0 advantage, before Hamilton hit back with breaks of 68 and 80.

Ding, though, continued his fine form in the scoring department with breaks of 59 and 73 to set up a show-down with Marco Fu on Saturday night.

Ladbrokes Players Championship 2017 Results

Friday March 10

Quarter-Final

Ding Junhui 5-2 Anthony Hamilton

Semi-Final

Judd Trump 6-4 Ali Carter



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