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Tremendous Judd Trump edges past Marco Fu to claim Players Championship title

Trump raises the trophy in Llandudno (credit:ITV4)

Judd Trump doubled his ranking title tally for the 2016/17 season with a 10-8 defeat of Marco Fu to land the Players Championship trophy in Llandudno on Sunday.

The in-form left-hander, who won the European Masters last October, ended a run of three straight defeats in ranking finals as he recovered from 5-2 down to defeat the Hong Kong ace in a high quality final at Venue Cymru.

The 27-year-old compiled a quartet of century breaks, including a tournament-high 136, on his way to sealing the £125,000 top prize and seventh career ranking silverware.

"I'm over the moon to win this one," Trump told ITV4. "It's a lot of relief to get over the line as I've lost the last three finals in a row. 

"Neither of us were really at our best today, it was a little bit scrappy.

"I do normally go behind in finals, maybe I'm a slow starter, but I knew I could rattle off a few frames. 

"Hopefully now I can take a lot of confidence from that because Marco is a great player and puts you under a lot of pressure."

It was Trump who drew first blood with a superb break of 83 to clinch the opening frame of the match, before Fu hit back with breaks of 53 and 73 to go in front.

Trump dominated frame four to restore parity, but only for Fu to reply with a 67 break to regain the upper-hand.

Fu then pulled clear by taking frame six, before firing in a break of 83 in the seventh to extend his advantage to 5-2.

Trump, though, hauled himself back into contention in supreme style by producing back-to-back breaks of 136 - the highest of the tournament - and 115 to reduce the deficit to 5-4 heading in to the closing session.

The Bristolian picked up from where he left off when the two players emerged in the evening as he wrapped up frame ten, before reeling off prolific breaks of 110, 63 and 73 to move 8-5 ahead.

Fu stopped the rot with successive frames, including a break of 53, to claw back to within one of the world number three, but only for Trump to crash in a sublime break of 102 to regain a two-frame cushion at 9-7.

A break of 58 from Fu saw him close the gap once more, but Trump duly sealed the deal with the aid of a 53 break to put the gloss on a memorable victory.

A valiant Fu admitted: "It's always nice to get to the final but it's just a shame I didn't play anywhere near my best.

"I was a bit disappointed with my performance, I was very tired after last night's match against Ding.

"I was very surprised it went all the way and I managed to get eight frames on the board, I just wasn't at 100 per cent," he added. 



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Tremendous Judd Trump edges past Marco Fu to claim Players Championship title

Judd Trump doubled his ranking title tally for the 2016/17 season with a 10-8 defeat of Marco Fu to land the Players Championship trophy in Llandudno on Sunday.

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