Tenacious Trump gains Rocket revenge to take World Grand Prix glory

Jamie Shaw in Snooker News

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Trump ends his mini title drought in North Wales (credit:ITV Sport)

Trump ends his mini title drought in North Wales (credit:ITV Sport)

Judd Trump battled back from 7-4 down to deny rival Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-7 and clinch the inaugural World Grand Prix title in Llandudno on Sunday.

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Young sensation Trump ended a four-year wait for a major televised final triumph over O’Sullivan as he staged a sensational revival to land the £100,000 top prize at the Venue Cymru.

Trump, who was beaten by ‘The Rocket’ in the Champion of Champions and UK Championship finals at the back-end of 2014, reeled off six consecutive frames to stun the five-time World Champion.

O’Sullivan made all the running in the early stages of the contest, but struggled to press home his advantage against the tenacious 25-year-old – who had recovered from 5-1 down to edge out Martin Gould 6-5 in his Semi-Final.

O’Sullivan led 4-1 and 7-4, but failed to convert his chances and allowed Trump to regain his rhythm among the balls as he went on to register the highest break of the tournament with a magnificent 142.

“It’s a huge win,” Trump told ITV Sport. “Every time I play Ronnie I struggle at the start as there’s so much pressure.

“It’s only when I go behind that I seem to relax and get into it. I got frustrated at times because I felt it wasn’t going to happen.

“I’m proud of the way I came back. Ronnie didn’t play his best today, it was a bit tense and the balls went scrappy.

“I’m over the moon, the crowd have been brilliant – I’ve had some great support all week and hopefully it stays here for years to come,” he added.

Trump took the opening frame of the match, but would not lead again until the 15th as O’Sullivan produced high breaks of 90, 56 and 105 in opening up a 4-1 advantage.

Australian Open winner Trump, though, rallied back with three consecutive frames, making a pair of half centuries, but it was O’Sullivan who carried a slender 5-4 lead into the evening session courtesy of an 89 break in frame nine.

Crowd favourite O’Sullivan turned on the style after the restart with a superb break of 96 and followed it up with a 59 in the next to extend his lead to 7-4.

But the tide turned when Trump dominated frame 12 to stop the rot, before kick-starting the fightback with a 72-0 triumph in the next for 7-6.

Trump turns the tables on his nemesis (Photo by Getty Images)

A close-run 14th frame went the way of the left-hander as he restored parity, before firing in a stunning 142 total clearance to claim a £5,000 bonus for the highest break of the competition.

In frame 15, O’Sullivan was on 28 when he mis-cued, sending the white ball sailing onto the carpet. Trump built a 60-35 lead and clinched the frame after laying a snooker on the last red to move in front.

A key long pot on the final brown proved the decisive moment for Trump to move 9-7 up as he punished some reckless shot selection from his opponent, and made no mistake in wrapping up the win with runs of 36 and 29 in the next.

O’Sullivan’s wait for a first piece of silverware in 2015 goes on, but the Chigwell ace paid tribute to a fine display from Trump and looked ahead to his World Championship quest in three week’s time.

“Judd’s had a brilliant tournament and he’s probably been the best player here all week,” he said.

“I’m disappointed to lose, but you’ve got to look at the positives, I’ve had a good week here – the crowd have been brilliant and it’s a great venue.

“I’m looking forward to Sheffield now, obviously everyone gets excited because it’s the one everyone wants to win.”