Match Report

2024 Masters: Judd Trump Triumphs in Intensely Fought Battle Against Kyren Wilson

In a nail-biting encounter at the MrQ Masters, Judd Trump emerged victorious in a closely contested match against Kyren Wilson, securing a hard-fought 6-5 win. The match was filled with twists and turns, with both players grappling to assert dominance. After the match, The Ace in the Pack, Trump gave his thoughts on the match as well highlighting his confidence to defend the title.

Louis Hobbs
Louis Hobbs

Last Updated: 2024-01-10

6 minutes read

Cue-ball Mastery Resurfaces

Judd Trump staged a remarkable comeback, overcoming a 3-0 deficit to preserve his Masters title defence with a composed final-frame clearance against Kyren Wilson.


The reigning 2023 champion showcased impeccable cue-ball control in the crucial moments of the first-round contest, executing a nerveless 65 break that ultimately secured his victory with a 6-5 score line.

Trump's resilience was evident as he bounced back from a challenging start, losing the initial three frames. 


However, he rallied to string together an impressive sequence of five consecutive wins, featuring notable breaks of 101 and 83. In a display of skill and determination, Trump navigated the contest to emerge as the 6-5 winner, setting the stage for his continued pursuit of Masters glory.

Back and Forth Affair

The post-match interview with Judd Trump after the match provided insights into the mental and emotional challenges he faced during the game. When asked about the epic finish, Trump expressed his pride in holding himself together and seizing the opportunity to clinch victory: "It was a tough game. I felt like neither of us played our best, but yeah, it was a bit topsy turvy, and he looked like he was going to get over the line."


The topsy-turvy nature of the match was evident as Kyren Wilson won the opening three frames, only to be countered by Judd Trump's impressive comeback, claiming five consecutive frames. Trump acknowledged the back-and-forth nature of the game, stating, "I don't feel like either of us really stamped our fight on the game. It went a little bit scrappy in a couple of the frames, and it's just about trying to stay patient and wait for the opportunity."



A Champion’s Resilience

Reflecting on the pressure of defending his title, Judd Trump remained composed: "No, not really. I feel like this is one that I've naturally put myself under a bit of pressure just because I enjoy coming here so much."


Despite not playing at his best, Trump emphasised the significance of winning matches rather than solely focusing on the quality of play: "No, I think that that's something nowadays that I've managed to sort of get my head around it. It is more about winning them, playing well all the time."

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Everyone here is the best players in the world, so there's no easy games, but me and Ali have had some crackers over the years, and I'm sure it'll be another one.

Trump looking ahead to the next round against Ali Carter.

The Masters Deja Vu

Judd Trump candidly admitted that he often struggles to settle into tournaments, particularly in the opening round where he finds himself under immense pressure. Reflecting on his performance, Trump expressed, "I hope so. Yeah, I hope so. Obviously, the manner, as I said before, I do struggle in the first round. I think I do put myself under a lot of pressure to get through that first game, and I'm not someone that is kind of totally relaxed in that first game." 


This sentiment echoes his previous experiences, notably his opening match at the Masters last year, suggesting a recurring challenge for the defending champion to find his rhythm and ease into the competition. Despite the initial hurdles, Trump's ability to overcome such pressures underscores his resilience and determination on the snooker stage.

Trump’s Season Reflection

As Judd Trump reflected on his overall season, he expressed a sense of contentment and accomplishment, irrespective of the outcome of the ongoing tournament. In his words, "Yes, I think no matter what happens now has been a successful season, I think this will kind of be the cherry on top if I could win this one again." Trump acknowledged that he may be trailing behind some of the top players in terms of major victories, but he emphasized the satisfaction of progressing steadily at his own pace. 


The prospect of successfully defending a prestigious tournament like the Masters serves as a compelling goal for Trump, adding an extra layer of significance to an already fruitful season. As the champion looks forward to the challenges that lie ahead, this sentiment encapsulates his measured approach and determination to leave an indelible mark on the snooker landscape.


Image credit: World Snooker Tour (WST)

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