2024 World Grand Prix: Judd Trump Beats Cao Yupeng For Final Spot

Judd Trump dominated the 2024 Spreadex World Grand Prix semi-finals, securing a decisive 6-2 victory over Cao Yupeng. Trump's strategic play and clinical potting skills propelled him to an early lead, withstanding a brief resurgence from Cao. The win advances Trump to the final, where he awaits the outcome of the match between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ding Junhui.

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Louis Hobbs

Written by: Louis Hobbs

(Senior Sports Writer)

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Last updated: 2024-01-19

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Trump’s Commanding Start

In a captivating display of precision and prowess, Judd Trump secured his place in the final of the 2024 Spreadex World Grand Prix with a commanding 6-2 triumph over Cao Yupeng in the semi-finals.

 

The match opened with Trump capitalising on a critical error by Cao, who missed a long pot opportunity, allowing the top seed to seize control. Trump showcased both composure and patience in the safety exchanges, coupled with clinical potting skills, as he notched a break of 70 to claim the initial frame.

Century Brilliance

Trump continued his impressive start, demonstrating his dominance with a century break of 107 in the second frame, swiftly taking a 2-0 lead in the contest. The third frame saw Trump extend his lead, starting with a break of 61. Although a foul on the cue ball provided Cao with a chance, Trump benefited on the opportunity, securing the frame with an additional 20 points, and reaching the halfway mark to victory.

 

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Cao’s Fightback

Going into the fourth frame, Cao had failed to even pot a ball, however he soon found some form. He potted a crucial black whilst the frame was tied at 55-55, to finish off a lengthy battle on the final ball. 

 

The Chinese player, continued to find his stride after the interval, capitalising on forced errors from Trump to clinch the fifth frame with a break of 30, and bring the deficit down to one frame. 

Immediate Response from The Juggernaut

Trump, undeterred, regained his rhythm in the sixth frame, comfortably winning and moving to a 4-2 advantage. 

 

The seventh frame witnessed a mix of safety play and unexpected twists, with Cao miscuing on the blue in a truly bizarre fashion, giving Trump the opportunity to clear up with a break of 38.

Unforeseen Twists

With a 5-2 lead, Trump seemed poised to seal the match emphatically in the eighth frame. However, Trump's fouling of a pot on the green nearly gifted the frame back to Cao. In the end, Trump's superior skills prevailed as he secured a 6-2 victory, earning him a spot in the final.

 

Judd Trump now awaits the winner between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ding Junhui in what promises to be an electrifying final showdown on Sunday. As Trump continues his quest for Grand Prix glory, fans eagerly anticipate witnessing more thrilling snooker from the 'Ace in the Pack.'

 

Image credit: World Snooker Tour (WST)

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