Sunday 25 August 2019

Judd Trump takes swipe at Stephen Maguire after drubbing

Trump, who is targeting a place in his first world final since 2011, had built on his stunning opening session by winning the first two frames and establishing a 9-1 lead. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Trump, who is targeting a place in his first world final since 2011, had built on his stunning opening session by winning the first two frames and establishing a 9-1 lead. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

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Judd Trump took a swipe at Stephen Maguire after demolishing the Scot 13-6 to book his place in the World Championship semi-finals at the Crucible.

The 29-year-old mocked the Scot's pre-match assertion that he was a "lucky" player by joking: "I got a lot of luck out there - I think that was the only reason I did win."

Trump added: "I think it's obvious that people take it differently. Some people applaud their opponent and some people brush it off like it wasn't their fault, so maybe that's just his way of looking at it."

Trump, who is targeting a place in his first world final since 2011, had built on his stunning opening session by winning the first two frames and establishing a 9-1 lead.

Maguire managed to claw his way back to respectability by taking four of the next five frames but Trump swiftly responded with breaks of 68 and 82 to get him over the line with plenty to spare.

Shrugging off the fact that his win made him the new odds-on favourite, Trump added: "It's always good to beat anybody that comfortably but there is a long battle ahead."

Asked to sum up his own performance in one word, Maguire responded: "s**t" - which will earn him a £250 (€291) fine.

Trump will next face qualifier Gary Wilson whose fairytale run continued as he won 13-9 against two-time finalist Ali Carter.

David Gilbert also confirmed his place as an unlikely semi-finalist as he held off last year's semi-finalist Kyren Wilson 13-8.

He will face John Higgins in the last four after the four-time world champion saw off Neil Robertson 13-10.

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