Are We Approaching the Era of Judd Trump in Snooker?

Craig Edwards

Monday, August 26, 2019 7:50 AM UTC

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 7:50 AM UTC

Will Judd Trump dominate snooker starting this season?
<div><h2><strong>Riga Masters </strong></h2><p>The opening ranking event never had “Lift Off” like several players who missed their flight due to a cancellation and a freak weather system. Two of the leading contenders, defending champion Neil Robertson and Kyren Wilson were amongst those who didn’t make it and this threatened to undermine what is becoming a well established opening event of the World Snooker season. The local crowds still turned out to see nineteen-year old Yan Bingtao win a ranking title for the first time. He was the first teenager to win a ranking title since his compatriot Ding Junhui won the 2006 Northern Ireland Open at the age of nineteen. Nothing new for <strong>Yan</strong> <strong>Bingtao</strong> to be breaking records having been thee youngest World Amateur Champion in 2014 and also the youngest player to reach a ranking final in the Northern Ireland Open 2017. The 2018/2019 season was disappointing but that is nothing unusual in a snooker player's career after a spectacular rookie year which increases their expectations out of perspective. Good to see the smile back on Yan Bingtao's face as he dispatched the rejuvenated English professional Mark Joyce 5-2 in the final to land the £50,000 first prize.</p><h2><strong>International Championship </strong></h2><p>A £175,000 first prize brought all Snooker's elite players except Ronnie O'Sullivan to Daqing, China. <strong>Judd</strong> <strong>Trump</strong> started the new season in the same rich vein of form that he finished the last at the World Championship last May. The semi final against three-time World Champion Mark Selby, the final against another former World Champion Shaun Murphy brought us dominant displays from the Bristol Man that evoked memories of the final drubbings he handed out in the two major finals of 2019 to Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins. The week in China meant Judd Trump took over as the world number one from Mark Selby. His huge ranking point total and the nature of World Snooker's rankings (two-year rolling) it could be a while until anyone challenges him for that position.</p><p>Elsewhere we learned that surprise World Snooker Championship semi finalist's <strong>David</strong> <strong>Gilbert</strong> and <strong>Gary</strong> <strong>Wilson</strong> are here to stay at the top of the snooker World. Both players lost close matches in deciding frames to three-time World Champion Mark Selby and can count themselves a little unfortunate. <strong>Shaun</strong> <strong>Murphy</strong> was a surprise finalist after a tough run through that began with a remarkable comeback against another Chinese teenager Yuan Siju having trailed 1-4 he won 6-5 despite his opponent scoring eight 50+ breaks. His next win was another tough 6-4 victory against the new Riga Masters champion Yan Bingtao. These matches were the catalyst for further wins against last year’s International Championship finalists Neil Robertson and Mark Allen in reaching the final.</p><h2><strong>Paul Hunter Classic </strong></h2><p>This year the tournament reverted to a sixteen-player invitation from a ranking event open to all professionals. Top sixteen players Kyren Wilson, Barry Hawkins, David Gilbert and Luca Brecel lead the entrants with a few talented young amateurs making up the numbers. The German public always turn out in force for snooker events and this tournament was a great success with Barry Hawkins defeating Kyren Wilson in the final.</p><h2><strong>Tournaments in September</strong></h2><p><strong>Asian Swing </strong></p><p><strong>The three events below will be previewed on </strong></p><p><em><strong>2-7 6 Reds World Championships </strong></em></p><p>The 6 Reds World Championships in Bangkok has become a regular novelty event on the World Snooker tour and a nice warm for two other big Asian tournaments following in September</p><p><em><strong>9-15 Shanghai Masters </strong></em></p><p>A prestigious twenty-four player invitation event that attracts the top 16 in the world rankings with the top four Chinese players in the rankings and four wild card selections.</p><p><em><strong>23-29 Evergrande China Championship </strong></em></p><p>To complete this early season Asian Swing of tournaments another high-profile ranking events for the last 64 qualified players.</p><p style="text-align:center"><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2><strong>Antepost Predictions and Betting Tips </strong></h2><p>We know that Judd Trump has no intention of backing off and seems to be flourishing at the thought of being World number one and dominating his sport. In 2011 Snooker's second most prestigious the UK Championship moved back to the Barbican Centre, York after a four-year hiatus. The 2011 Championship winner was <strong>Judd</strong> <strong>Trump</strong> and it is a major surprise he has not won the tournament since. He will have maximum motivation as winning the UK Championship will mean he is the current holder of all World Snooker's Triple Crown events</p><p>The other player I think we need to have a small each way wager on is the rejuvenated <strong>Shaun</strong> <strong>Murphy</strong> who won the 2008 UK Championship and has twice been runner up in the last seven years at the Barbican Centre. He is re-united with former coach Chris Henry who has already tweaked his technique noticeably moving his bridge hand closer to the cue ball. That change is evident with his improved break building giving him even better cue ball control so far and he has lots of motivation this season needing the ranking points after a dismal 2018/2019 season.</p><h2><strong>Recommended Bets:</strong></h2><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Judd Trump @ 4.00 (3/1) Bet365 </strong></em></a></p><p><a href=";a=df66db4b-b019-4343-9fc7-6c4f20e2a356&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Snooker Betting Odds"><em><strong>Shaun Murphy @ 34.00 (33/1) Paddy Power </strong></em></a></p></div>
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