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Trump captured his 25th ranking title in Wuhan

Judd Trump claimed his second ranking title in as many weeks as he clinched the inaugural Wuhan Open with a 10-7 win over Ali Carter.

Trump, who had gone 19 months without lifting ranking silverware, ended his drought at the English Open last week, recovering from 7-3 down to beat Zhang Anda 9-7.

And the Ace continued his rich vein of form by becoming the first winner of this tournament, while collecting the top prize of ยฃ140,000.

His 25th ranking title moves him level with Mark Williams, who recently won the British Open, with only Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins and Steve Davis boasting more silverware.

“The crowd in here has been amazing,” Trump said. “Thank you everyone for coming and supporting everyone.

“It’s the first time, but this is probably the best crowd I’ve played in front of in China.”

Trump was on a 13-match winning streak and had dropped just five frames all week heading into the final, and drew first blood with runs of 46 and 72.

Seeking his sixth ranking title, Carter responded with 103 and was in first with 52 in frame three, but his opponent recovered to snatch the lead before moving 3-1 up at the interval.

The Captain then sportingly called a foul on himself in frame five, enabling Trump to stretch his lead with breaks of 58 and 41.

But the two-time World finalist hit back with a vengeance as he reeled off four straight frames. Runs of 49 and 48 cut the deficit, before clearances of 33 and 42 put him ahead for the first time in the final at 5-4.

Trump appeared resurgent when the players returned for the evening session, opening with a superb 116 clearance – the 100th century of the tournament – while runs of 56 and 71 put him 7-5 to the good.

A 56 from Carter reduced his arrears but after Trump took a lengthy 14th frame, the Captain missed a thin green when looking to clear for 8-7.

That allowed his opponent to move to within a frame of victory, which looked like been secured before Trump missed a red with the rest on 57. Carter responded with 68 and despite a scare when he missed the pink, he eventually knocked it in to stay alive by the skin of his teeth.

But it proved a false dawn for the reigning German Masters champion, as Trump pounced on a loose safety with a wonderful 102 clearance to seal victory.

“It was a very tough final and Ali made it very difficult, even though he didn’t play his best,” Trump said.

“I think we both struggled a bit. But towards the end, I just had a few good splits and scored heavier. That was the difference. On another day, it could’ve gone the other way.”

Carter added: “I felt like I didn’t really perform at my best today. I just tried to make it as difficult as I could for Judd. I did that, considering I wasn’t firing anywhere near my best.

“It was a competitive game and we had some good safety battles. The difference was Judd’s scoring. He was very good in the balls and I just wasn’t able to do that today.”