Tour Championship snooker: Judd Trump beats John Higgins 9-4 to reach semi-finals

Judd Trump in action against John Higgins

Judd Trump turned on the style in the evening session to eventually see off John Higgins 9-4 in the quarter-finals of the Tour Championship.

It was really hard work for the world number one through the afternoon session in Milton Keynes, going in 5-3 up after several scruffy frames which could have gone either way.

But Trump stamped his authority by rattling off the first three frames of the evening, including a fine 135, and while Higgins clawed one back, Trump rounded things off with a quality break of 68.

"It was a tough game where neither of us played that great," said Trump.

"I could have easily have been behind after the first session so I was very happy to be leading. In the second session I just put my foot on the gas, I felt more comfortable and I enjoyed it a lot more."

The winner will now face Stephen Maguire - who was in scintillating form on Saturday - in the last four of the Coral-backed event.

Tournament draw

  • Quarter-finals and semi-finals best of 17; final best of 19

Quarter-finals

  • Judd Trump 9-4 John Higgins
  • Neil Robertson 5-9 Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Selby v Yan Bingtao
  • Shaun Murphy v Mark Allen

Semi-finals

  • Judd Trump v Stephen Maguire
  • Selby/Bingtao v Murphy/Allen

Final

  • Trump/Maguire v Selby/Bingtao/Murphy/Allen

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