TRUMP WINS THE EUROPEAN MASTERS CROWN IN A THRILLER
Judd Trump claimed his sixth ranking title in the most dramatic of finals, defeating Ronnie O’Sullivan to capture the European Masters title.
It was the pair’s sixth meeting in a professional final and Trump trailed for much of the match, before snatching the crown in the final frame and securing a 9-8 victory.
In the final it was O’Sullivan who was first to trouble the scorers. Trump made a break of 34 at the start of the frame, however he relinquished control of the table and the Rocket stole it on the black.
The five-time World Champion O’Sullivan made breaks of 53 and 62, as he moved into a 3-1 lead. Trump hit back by producing runs of 120 and 82 to take two of the next three. O’Sullivan won the final frame of the session and held a 5-3 lead going into the evening.
The 2011 UK Champion Trump immediately eliminated the deficit in the final session. A superb century break of 105 saw him draw level and a contribution of 67 in the eleventh frame put him ahead for the first time at 6-5.
However, the Rocket turned on the after burners and cruised to the verge of victory. Runs of 93, 72 and 42 saw him win three on the bounce and go 8-6 up. Trump just wasn’t going away and he forced a decider, making another century of 109 in the process.
In the final frame the Juddernaught produced a gutsy run of 74 to clinch the trophy. “I’m a little bit in disbelief,” said Trump. “To go 8-6 down was a little bit disheartening. I was faced with a difficult blue in the next frame and I just thought that I have to go for it. After that, I didn’t miss in the next three frames. To produce that under pressure against Ronnie will stand me in good stead for the rest of the season.