Judd Trump aims to make it back-to-back ranking titles when he takes on Ali Carter in the final of the 2023 Wuhan Open on Sunday.
Trump opened his account for the season with victory in last week’s English Open, and now bids to double his tally on the other side of the world.
The Ace in the Pack sensationally recovered from 7-3 down to reel off six straight frames and deny Zhang Anda in last Sunday’s English Open final and has shown little sign of fatigue this week in Wuhan.
After landing in China on Tuesday, Trump contested his opening two matches the following day, overcoming Oliver Lines 5-2 before whitewashing Matthew Selt 5-0.
He then dispatched European Masters champion Barry Hawkins 5-2 before thrashing Tom Ford 5-0 to sail into the Semi-Finals.
There, Trump ended the hopes of 20-year-old Chinese star Wu Yize with a crushing 6-1 success which included a brace of century breaks.
Trump is now within touching distance of career ranking title number 25 – which would draw him level with Mark Williams in fifth position on the all-time list.
Carter, meanwhile, is bidding to secure his sixth ranking title and a second of the year to follow on from the German Masters back in February.
The 44-year-old is appearing in his 12th ranking final, 15 years on from his first at the World Championship, and has previously triumphed on Chinese soil at the 2010 Shanghai Masters and 2016 World Open.
As well as three commanding victories, ‘The Captain’ has also had to dig deep and demonstrate his trademark tenacity to reach the final.
Beating Bai Yulu 5-2 and recording a pair of 5-1 wins over Jamie Clarke and Liam Highfield – compiling the highest break of the tournament against the former courtesy of a sublime 145 total clearance – Carter also produced a wonderful turnaround from 4-1 down to stun former World Champion Stuart Bingham in a deciding frame.
He then saw off UK Champion Mark Allen 5-2 in the Quarter-Finals, before overcoming Lyu Haotian 6-2 on Saturday.
Carter has won six of his 11 previous meetings with Trump, most recently a 6-5 success in the Last 16 of the Players Championship earlier this year.
Trump, however, won their most notable encounter 10-6 in the final of the 2019 World Grand Prix.
The final gets under way from 7.30am BST for a maximum of eight frames, before resuming to a finish over the best of 19 from 12.30pm.
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