Judd Trump claimed his second ranking title of the season with a 10-8 victory over Marco Fu in the Players Championship final in Llandudno.
The success ends Trump’s three-match losing streak in ranking finals having missed out on glory at the Gibraltar Open, Welsh Open and English Open since his last trophy at the European Masters back in October.
The Bristol cueman overturned a 5-4 deficit following the afternoon session, during which he had also trailed 5-2 before back-to-back centuries sparked a revival, as he won six of the next nine frames to clinch the winners’ cheque of £125,000.
“I’m delighted, there’s a lot of relief – I’ve played in a lot of finals this season and lost the last three I think ,” Trump told Cuesports.club.
“Neither of us were at our best this evening; it was a bit scrappy which probably made it more exciting for the crowd to see us twitching.
“I do normally go behind in finals – maybe a bit of a slow starter – so I knew I could rattle off a few frames. I’m delighted and excited to have won.”
Trump made a good start with a break of 83 in the opening frame of the match but Scottish Open champion Fu, who was aiming to earn the biggest payday of his career, responded with runs of 53 and 73 to go 2-1 up.
The Hong Kong potter watched Trump pull level before making breaks of 67, 48, 39 and 83 to storm into a commanding 5-2 lead – but the momentum was soon to shift in the Englishman’s favour.
Trump’s century breaks of 136 and 115 cut the deifict to just one frame and he picked up where he left off at the start of the evening session by taking the next four, with the help of runs of 110, 63 and 76.
Fu halted his opponent’s charge by winning the following two frames only for Trump to respond with his fourth century break of the match – 102.
The 39-year-old refused to lie down with a run of 58 to keep the match alive but he was unable to force a decider as Trump held his nerve to clinch victory.
Here is the final in full to watch for those who missed it…………