Trump tops Robertson for title

  • Last Updated: November 4 2012, 21:16 GMT

Judd Trump became the first winner of the International Championship, beating Neil Robertson 10-8 in the final in Chengdu.

Trump: Took the final 10-8

The 22-year-old Bristolian became world number one with his semi-final hammering of Peter Ebdon and added the £125,000 first prize.

A tight match seemed to have swung Robertson's way when he led 8-6 but his rival left-hander found another gear, breaks of 96 and 119 helping him turn the contest around.

The first four frames were split before Robertson returned from the first interval to open up a 4-2 lead, with breaks of 51 and 41 in frame four.

Trump took two contrasting frames to level - the first at one visit after a stunning opening red, the second a messy affair - but Robertson took the last of the afternoon session with a 50 break to lead 5-4.

The evening began with a re-rack and then a cagey start to frame 10, but Trump took it with a run of 57 to level the match once more.

He nudged ahead but Robertson responded with breaks of 68 and 88, and a 73 after the interval took the Australian 8-6 ahead.

Trump looked to be in trouble when he hammered the black off the table having gone 22 ahead in the vital 15th frame, but responded to close to within one.

And the world number one proved his mettle, going close to a century in the next and then making 119 to go ahead at the perfect time with just one frame needed for the title.

He opened up in the next with a swerve to pot a long red and then split the pack well, but could only make 39. Robertson failed to respond, though, and another superb opening red and pink set Trump on the way to victory.

It was Trump's third ranking title, having won the China Open and the UK Championship last year, while for Robertson it was only a second defeat in 12 ranking finals.

Trump is the 14th winner of as many ranking tournaments so far this year, and he was happy to have got the better of a player renowned for his tenacious style.

"It has been a great week," he told worldsnooker.com.

"I dominated a lot of matches during the tournament, then in the final I felt the same but missed a few balls and that's why it was so close.

"Every time I play Neil it's always tough, he clears up nine times out of 10 so you've got to make sure you win frames in one visit. He put me under pressure and I went behind but I felt good in the last four frames and played some good snooker."

Robertson, who had been going for a second win of the season after victory in Poland, conceded Trump had turned it on when it mattered.

"In the first session I felt I could have been 6-3 up. Then tonight I played a few great frames to go 8-6. I felt in control then and I felt I was going to win," he said.

"In the next frame Judd got a couple of bits of luck otherwise I might have gone 9-6. But from 8-7 I hardly got any chances and he made some fantastic breaks."

Trump has Premier League business to take care of in Doncaster this week, but his next major assignment will be attempting to defend his UK Championship title in York next month.

"Overall I've got to be really happy to have got to the final. I know I can play well in China now."


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