Snooker - Trump pips Murphy in match of World Championship to reach semis

Judd Trump claimed an epic final-frame decider to beat Shaun Murphy 13-12 in a superlative and gripping quarter-final at the World Championships in Sheffield.

Snooker - Trump pips Murphy in match of World Championship to reach semis

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Coming into the deciding session locked at 8-8, Trump won a sixth straight frame, opening with several small runs to see out the 17th, during which Murphy failed to capitalise on a pair of opportunities to get back on terms.

The 2005 world champion did, however, respond with a dazzling 128 clearance before a 70 finish up to the black put him 10-9 up after Trump let him back in at 59-0.

Trump reacted well, rolling in a 78 for parity once more and the see-saw flow of the session continued when he gave Murphy a taste of his own medicine, stealing on the black once Murphy’s run to 62 was scuppered by an unforced error.

Murphy edged another tight frame to render the contest into effectively a best-of-three as the divider came up at the conclusion of Ricky Walden and Michael White’s second session, and the near 1,000 spectators at the Crucible all focused their attentions on a gripping finale to the tournament’s best battle so far.

Trump’s 90 and Murphy’s 88 cancelled each other out, and brought about a final-frame decider.

In fitting fashion the 25th was the longest and most tense of them all. After the two traded world class safeties and counter-safeties, it was Trump who saw out the frame on the final colours and moved onto the one-table format, where he will meet either defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan or Stuart Bingham.


Judd Trump won six of eight frames in the second session and the last five on the trot to pull level with Shaun Murphy at 8-8 overnight in their World Championship quarter-final.

Leading 6-2 at the start of the evening, Murphy started in confident mood, knocking in an assured 91 to pull further ahead. Trump responded with a 93 of his own before losing a scrappy third after going in off a red but from then on it was one-way traffic.

Some uncharacteristic misses from Murphy gave Trump four bites at the cherry to win the next and the Bristolian opened up a 44-point advantage at the start of frame 13 before another Murphy miss left the table open for another frame-winning clearance.

A superb 118 in frame 14 studded with some fabulous pots rocked Murphy on his heels and when the former champion somehow missed a red over the pocket, Trump pounced to win his fourth frame on the bounce.

Both players had their chances in the deciding frame of the evening but Trump held his nerve after a lengthy safety exchange to set up a fascinating final session on Wednesday.

The winner of this match meets Ronnie O'Sullivan or Stuart Bingham in the semi-finals.


Judd Trump endured a forgettable morning session in falling 6-2 behind against Shaun Murphy in the World Championship quarter-finals.

The world number three looked a pale shadow of the figure who had accounted for Dominic Dale and Marco Fu in the opening two rounds as he could muster a highest break of only 40 in eight frames.

In truth, Trump was fortunate to escape from the first session only four frames behind after pinching the seventh frame - a frame that Murphy should have won - on the final black.

2005 world champion Shaun Murphy was never at his best, but did not need to be as he was handed several decent scoring chances with Trump cutting a forlorn figure.

Trump sunk an impressive final pink in a scrappy opening frame to move 1-0 clear, but was forced to sit and watch as runs of 68, 61 and 82 handed Murphy a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval.

Trump somehow failed to sink a pink to middle with just pink and black left up with Murphy returning to the table to pot pink and a tricky black along the top cushion for a 4-1 advantage.

A knock of 50 helped Murphy into a 5-1 lead. It looked like being 6-1, but Trump held himself together to scrape his second frame of the day before Murphy ran in 76 for a 6-2 lead with Trump looking frazzled.

The 2011 finalist has work to do when the players resume at 7pm (BST) this evening knowing a repeat performance of the morning session will more or less bury his hopes of winning the title for the first time.

The momentum of the match has been reflected in the betting with Trump now fourth favourite for the title behind Murphy with Ronnie O'Sullivan the 6/4 favourite.

The winner of this match meets Ronnie O'Sullivan or Stuart Bingham in the semi-finals.

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