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Judd Trump continues clinical form at the UK Championship as Lisowski sets up O’Sullivan clash

Trump remains in the running for a second UK Championship title (credit: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Judd Trump stormed into the Last 16 of the 2018 UK Championship with a 6-2 victory over Mark King in York on Tuesday, while Jack Lisowski secured a crucial win over Marco Fu. 

Trump, the 2011 UK Champion, maintained the form which led him to the Northern Ireland Open title a fortnight ago by comfortably dispatching fellow left-hander King at the York Barbican.

Trump took the opening frame to nil before King levelled with a 64 break, but the world number five responded with successive breaks of 100 and 67 to make it 3-1.

A break of 67, however, proved insufficient in frame five as King made a 73 to close the gap, but Trump reeled off the next three frames to seal victory.

"I missed some balls I shouldn't have missed but I am still in the tournament," Trump told BBC Sport.

"I always felt in control and the self-belief is back. Even when I do miss easy balls I feel I can come back.

"I have worked really hard recently - probably the hardest in my career. Under pressure I feel like am confident compared to where I was a few seasons ago when I would have probably collapsed.

"I am focusing on my strengths rather than perfecting my weaknesses."

Trump's regular practice partner Lisowski continued his sensational start to the season and took a huge step towards clinching a place in January's Masters by overcoming Marco Fu 6-3.

Lisowski continues his sublime form (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images for Kaspersky)
The Riga Masters runner-up raced into a 3-0 lead with a high break of 109 before Fu hit back to just 4-3 behind with a top break of 119, but Lisowski got over the line to progress to the Last 16 of the Triple Crown event for the first time.

Two-time UK Champion Neil Robertson continued his charge with a high quality deciding-frame victory over Graeme Dott in a match which signalled a repeat of the 2010 World Championship final.

Dott established a 2-0 lead before the Australian restored parity at the interval and the duo continued to trade blows, including an 86 from Robertson and a 105 from the Scot as they went to a decider.  

It was Robertson, though, who held firm with a timely 71 proving the difference as he sealed a Last 16 show-down with Mark Allen.

Masters Champion Allen, runner-up here in 2011, powered past Iran's Hossein Vafaei 6-2 with high breaks of 83, 87, 87 and 60.

Stuart Bingham set a new tournament high break of 145 en route to a high quality 6-2 win over David Gilbert in a match which featured four centuries in as many frames at the beginning of the contest.

Ding Junhui, the 2005 and 2009 UK Champion, stepped up his quest for a third crown by defeating compatriot Xiao Guodong 6-4.

Ding raced into a 3-0 lead with breaks of 99, 74 and 84 before Xiao got back on level terms with the aid of breaks of 126 and 100.

A 73 steadied the ship for Ding in frame seven but only for Xiao to respond again with a 63 break to make it four apiece.

Ding, however, seized the next two frames to confirm a Fourth Round meeting with world number 56 Martin O'Donnell.

Sunny Akani secured a place in the Last 16 for the second year running after reeling off four frames on the spin to defeat Jak Jones 6-2.

The methodical Thai cueist, who was narrowly beaten 6-5 by Ronnie O'Sullivan in Round Four 12 months ago, fired in breaks of 108, 73 and 65 en route to an impressive win.

Barry Hawkins continued his charge under the radar by coming from 3-1 down to knock out Gary Wilson 6-4.

The Hawk turned the tide with breaks of 72, 61, 78, 72 and 52 as he set up a mouth-watering clash with Kyren Wilson.


UK Championship 2018 Results


Tuesday December 4

Third Round

Afternoon Session
Marco Fu 3-6 Jack Lisowski
Judd Trump 6-2 Mark King
Stuart Bingham 6-2 David Gilbert
Neil Robertson 6-5 Graeme Dott

Evening Session
Xiao Guodong 4-6 Ding Junhui
Sunny Akani 6-2 Jak Jones
Gary Wilson 4-6 Barry Hawkins
Mark Allen 6-2 Hossein Vafaei


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