Match Report

2024 World Snooker Championship: Jak Jones Squashes Any Chance of a Trump-O’Sullivan Semi-Final Clash

Jak Jones shocks Judd Trump, secures semi-final spot with clinical play, ending hopes of Trump-O'Sullivan clash.

Louis Hobbs
Louis Hobbs

Last Updated: 2024-05-01

Naim Rosinski

4 minutes read

Welsh Qualifier Holds His Ground

In a riveting quarterfinal clash at the 2024 World Snooker Championship, Jak Jones and Judd Trump battled fiercely over three sessions, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. With the scores deadlocked at 8-8 after two sessions, anticipation was high for the decisive third meeting on Wednesday.

Despite Trump's reputation as a former world champion and the favourite heading into the tie, Jones showcased remarkable resilience, holding Trump to a 4-4 draw in the first session. The determined Welshman refused to yield, maintaining parity with the "Ace in the Pack" throughout Tuesday evening's play.

Early Struggles for Trump

As the third and final session commenced on Wednesday morning, Trump found himself struggling to find his rhythm. A missed opportunity in the opening frame allowed Jones to seize a lead, albeit briefly.

Fortune quickly turned in Trump's favour when Jones fouled, inadvertently gifting the frame back to his opponent and levelling the game at 9-9.

Undeterred by the setback, Jones raised the intensity, crafting a magnificent break of 87 to surge ahead 10-9. Capitalising on Trump's errors, Jones extended his lead to 11-9 with a composed 61 break, heading into the mid-session interval with momentum on his side.


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A Display of Mental Fortitude

In the 21st frame, Jones displayed remarkable composure, navigating a challenging situation to claim a pivotal frame and establish a commanding 12-9 lead. Controversially, Jones briefly left the arena, leaving Trump to stew in his seat, grappling with his own thoughts.

Jones Seals the Victory in Style

A failed attempt at an ‘unmissable’ yellow sat in the pocket from Trump in the next frame handed Jones a golden opportunity. With nerves of steel, Jones jumped on the error, delivering a clinical century break of 106 to secure a stunning victory, knocking out one of the tournament favourites in the process.

With his impeccable safety play and unflappable demeanour, Jones has not only surpassed his quarterfinal finish from the previous year but has also etched his name into the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championship for the first time in his career.

Jones now awaits the outcome of the match between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stuart Bingham to determine his opponent in the semi-finals. Despite initial predictions favouring a clash between Trump and O’Sullivan, Jones has emerged as the unexpected victor, marking the biggest upset of the competition thus far.

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