Easy win for Judd Trump

  • Last Updated: February 11 2013, 22:11 GMT

World number two Judd Trump eased through his qualifying match at the Welsh Open on a day without shocks at the Newport Centre.

Judd Trump: Simple win

Trump was too good for Mike Dunn, progressing 4-0, taking 59 minutes to knock out his opponent and move into the last 32.

"I'm still waiting for the bit of luck you need to win tournaments," he told worldsnooker.com.

"I was getting it earlier in the season, now Selby's getting it. Personally I think that's all that's missing.

"Tonight was a good warm-up. It's a bit different coming in at the last 64 stage and playing an extra game so I wanted to win as comfortably as possible. My long potting was good today and I feel like I'm cueing well."

Former two-time world champion Mark Williams is safely through after he overcame Liu Chuang 4-1

Williams won the tournament in 1996 and 1999 but has admittedly underperformed in the event in recent years, with his runner-up finish in 2003 being his best performance since the turn of the century.

"That was a lot more like it," said the Welshman. "It's the first time I have shown signs of being a professional snooker player for a few months.

"It wasn't the Mark Williams of old - he's gone for good. But it's the Mark Williams of a few years ago and I can still give anyone a game."

John Higgins - who won the event in 2010 and 2011 - hit breaks of 120, 99 and 97 as he beat Gareth Allen 4-1.

"The Welsh people love their snooker so I always enjoy coming here and playing," said Higgins. "Gareth potted some great balls. I didn't realise until before the match that he was still an amateur."

In form Mark Selby - the UK and Masters champion - took just under an hour to beat Steve Davis 4-0. A 144 total clearance in the second frame was the highlight for the Leicester potter.

"I seem to do well at this venue so I have good vibes," said Selby. "It's an honour to be on the same table as Steve because he is a legend of our sport. I put up a good performance today."

Defending champion Ding Junhui was first up against Dechawat Poomjaeng, bronze medallist at the Asian Games, and a 4-2 victory saw him through.

Liang Wenbo eased through with a 4-1 win over Ryan Day, Dominic Dale beat fellow Welshman Daniel Wells 4-1, while Matthew Stevens saw off Alfie Burden 4-2.


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