World Snooker Championship 2022 – Workmanlike Judd Trump secures advantage over Anthony McGill ahead of final session
He may be far from his best, but Judd Trump’s fighting spirit is alive and he’s taken a 10-6 lead after two sessions of his second-round clash with Anthony McGill.
It’s been a tough season for Trump, who says he’s looking forward to an extended break when the World Championship ends.
While he may have his eyes on time away from the table, he’s still focused on adding a second world championship to his resume and he’s been professional in securing a handy lead over McGill. in the race at 13.
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McGill had control in the first frame of the session but missed a black that would have taken him over the line and later in the stanza the Scot was fouled, suffered a double whammy conceding a ball free and Trump stepped in to erase and move forward.
After losing the previous frame, McGill looked shocked as she missed an easy red in the 10th. But he was unpunished by Trump and was able to steady the ship and level the game.
Trump’s scoring wasn’t the level he’s used to delivering, but the fighting qualities were evident and he grafted a streak of 48 in the 11th and that was enough to put him back in the lead.
Besides struggling with his scoring weight, he lacked a bit of authority in his potting. A red he crunched with the rest in the 12th frame looked much more like a peak-Trump and he set up an excellent break of 52 on what was a tough table – and that was enough to secure a two lead. images in the mid-session interval.
In the frame after the interval, Trump again struggled with his control of the cue ball. He secured an advantage and with colors on cushions, it proved an impossible mountain for McGill to climb as Trump extended their lead to three frames to 8-5.
Just when it looked like Trump was going to kick things into high gear, it turned out to be a false start. He hit into a big red but missed a routine black and McGill – who had struggled to find the jaws let alone the middle of the pockets – hit into a 97 break.
Trump raised the prospect of a 147 in the next frame, but missed position. A break of 79 was enough to secure an overnight lead.
The 2019 world champion made it a four-frame lead by taking the last of the session. McGill had a chance, but he summed up his session when he left a red in the lower right jaws and Trump was punished for taking a decisive advantage in Monday’s final session.
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