Trump: I'm on right track

  • Last Updated: February 24 2014, 22:54 GMT

Judd Trump felt he was getting back to his best form after booking his place in the third round of the Welsh Open on Monday night.

Judd Trump: Nearing top form in Newport
Judd Trump: Nearing top form in Newport

The former UK Championship winner has suffered a torrid season so far, including three first-round exits, but reached the final of the German Masters in his last ranking tournament and had little trouble overcoming Jamie Burnett 4-1 in Newport.

The Bristolian won the opening two frames but Burnett fought back to take the third before Trump took advantage of a mistake in the next and closed out victory.

"I am still getting a bit of bad run. He could have pinched the first frame with a fluke when I was in control and it would have followed the pattern of my year," Trump told www.worldsnooker.com.

"But I potted a good pink to win it and then felt in control. I felt good and confident out there. I am getting to somewhere near my best.

"You have to stay positive, which I am doing now. I was over-analysing during the first part of the season. It is hard work to get to the last 32 - you just want to get into the latter rounds.

"Thinking back to my first match last week, if I play like that then I will probably get to the final but obviously if I play Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals it will be tough."

Three-time winner John Higgins is also through to the last 32 after hammering Ken Doherty 4-0, while world number two Mark Selby claimed a 4-1 win over Dave Harold.

Selby took the opener but Harold hit back before the Leicester potter pulled away and he will next face Dominic Dale, who was a 4-1 winner over Dechawat Poomjaeng.

Reigning champion Stephen Maguire had to fight back from 3-1 down to beat Sam Baird 4-3 and he will now take on Andrew Pagett, who overcame Gerard Greene by the same score.

Home favourite Matthew Stevens was a 4-2 winner over Ian Burns, while Northern Ireland's Mark Allen won 4-2 against Noppon Saengham and Marco Fu prevailed 4-1 against Kurt Maflin.

There were also victories on Monday for James Wattana, Joel Walker, Andrew Higginson, Scott Donaldson, Joe Perry, Michael Holt and Xiao Guodong.


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