Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Resurgent Trump Pulls off Escape Act; SNOOKER

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Resurgent Trump Pulls off Escape Act; SNOOKER

Article excerpt

JUDD Trump produced a great escape to keep alive his hopes of a first Betfred World Championship title.

At the tournament he regards as being "10 times bigger" than any other, Trump was in deep first-round trouble when he dropped the opening frame of the day to slide 7-3 behind against Liang Wenbo.

The 26-year-old had been off his game on Wednesday and it called for a champion's response to clamber out of danger.

Trump (pictured below), who reached the 2011 Crucible final and was a semi-finalist last year, was up to the challenge and took seven of the next eight frames to win 10-8. His victory tees up a tantalising second-round clash with Wenbo's fellow Chinese player Ding Junhui. Trump admitted it was going against him at 7-3, but he was heartened by edging the next frame, and said on BBC Two: "Then I got some momentum and played some really good stuff.

"I took the balls really well, felt very confident, very relaxed under pressure. It seemed like when I had my back against the wall that's when I thrived. …

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