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Judd Trump aims to reach his fifth World Grand Prix final when he goes head to head with Cao Yupeng in Leicester on Saturday.

The most successful player at the tournament since its inaugural staging in 2015, which he won, Trump also lifted the trophy in 2019 and 2020.

The Bristolian was also runner-up to Mark Allen last year, and is embarking on another deep run at the Morningside Arena 12 months on.

After a slow start saw him fall 2-0 behind against Jamie Jones, Trump has dropped just a single frame since.

Indeed, he reeled off four on the spin against the Welshman and then Lyu Haotian, before inflicting a commanding 5-1 defeat on Mark Selby.

The world number two is subsequently full of momentum as he looks to claim his fourth silverware of the campaign, following his consecutive triumphs at the English Open, Wuhan Open and Northern Ireland Open.

Meanwhile, Cao will be hoping this is the week he finally lands that maiden ranking title.

The Chinese was infamously close to doing so at 8-4 up against Neil Robertson in the 2017 Scottish Open final, but missed frame, match and championship black and eventually suffered a heart-breaking 9-8 defeat.

Interestingly, he reached that showpiece after beating Trump 6-4 in the semi-finals – something he hopes will serve as a positive omen this time around.

Cao will be feeling confident having come through two deciders, which sandwiched a commanding 4-0 whitewash of Shaun Murphy.

Having edged out Barry Hawkins in the opening round, he did the same against Mark Williams in the quarter-finals – recovering from 4-2 down before a timely clearance of 74 saw him over the line.

The world number 43 is now appearing in his second semi-final in as many months following his run to this stage at the Shoot Out, while he also topped a group ahead of the Ace on the way to reaching the Championship League final day at the start of the season.

A mouth-watering showdown with either Ronnie O’Sullivan or Ding Junhui awaits the winner of this match in Sunday’s final.

Play gets under way at 7pm GMT on Saturday and will be contested over the best of 11 frames at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.

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