Judd Trump sets up World Championship semi-final battle with Mark Wiliams after blitzing Stuart Bingham

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Trump blitzed past 2015 champion Bingham at the Crucible cauldron
Trump blitzed past 2015 champion Bingham at the Crucible cauldron

By Ben Parsons at the Crucible

Judd Trump is relishing a tantalising World Championship semi-final clash against Mark Williams after steam-rolling Stuart Bingham 13-8 at the Crucible.

Trump blitzed past 2015 champion Bingham by reeling off eight consecutive frames to cruise into the last four, after falling 8-5 behind and doubting his place in the tournament.

Bingham missed a routine black as he looked to extend his advantage to four frames, allowing a below-par Trump the incentive to close to all-square at 8-8 ahead of the deciding session.

The world number three then built on his momentum and his form considerably improved with runs of 78, 73 and 59 as Bingham faded away.

“‘I was completely gone at 8-5 and Stuart helped me a little bit,” Trump admitted after easing through.

“I was struggling and looked like I could have been going out of the tournament.

“Luckily Stuart missed an easy black and the game just punished him after that.

“He’ll be incredibly disappointed because he was in real control and I know how disappointed I would have been.”

Three-time champion Williams secured his spot in the one-table set-up for the first time since his third world title win in 2018.

Welsh legend Williams defeated Yan Bingtao 13-11 in a compelling Crucible battle and will play against Trump for the first time in the sport's blue-riband event.

“It’s a nice challenge for me because I know how well he’s playing and he’s had a brilliant season," Trump said about Williams.

“He’s u there with one of the greats and the way he’s playing, he’s got another five or ten years left in him."

In another thrilling semi-final showdown, Ronnie O’Sullivan will take on four-time champion John Higgins.

O’Sullivan, chasing Stephen Hendry’s record of seven Crucible crowns, eased past Scotland’s Stephen Maguire 13-5 in the last eight.

Higgins, meanwhile, edged a dramatic clash 13-12 against Jack Lisowski after winning the final two frames with nerveless breaks of 105 and 72.

Trump’s best-of-33 semi-final against Williams begins on Thursday afternoon, while O’Sullivan and Higgins get their own tantalising battle underway in the evening session.

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