Saturday , October 1 2022

UK Championship: Judd Trump joins Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson in round two


Judd Trump beat Ronnie O & Sullivan in the final to win Northern Ireland Open earlier this month
Betway UK Championship
Venue: York Barbican date: 27 November-9 December
reporting: Watch live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, BBC Sport website and mobile app from December 1st.

Judd Trump did a small job of joining former former champion Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson in round two of Britain's championships on the opening day.

World Cup Five Trump, 2011 winner, made a good 128 on the way to a fast 4-0 lead and closed a 6-0 victory with a break of 113.

But Trump said he "did not play well" and the score was "flattering".

"I made some important decisions but I felt a bit rusty," said 29-year-old BBC Sport.

"It's a new tournament, a new place, different conditions so you're just trying to get through.

"I have some luck here and there, but I do not want to be too hard on myself and you do not want to play your best things at the start of the tournament."

Kyren Wilson, 26-year-old world number 11, also made rapid progress, rattling in four races of 50 or more, ending with a ton when he hit Hong Kong's Andy Lee 6-0.

Wilson, who has not yet made the third round of the British championship, said: "It's an ideal start and good to get the first win out of the way.

"I have not done well here, but it's a big tournament and I really want to do well."

Two-time winners do not waste time

Neil Robertson won the UK championship title 2013 and 2015

In the afternoon session, China's Ding, 2005 and 2009 champion was not at its best, but made the most of a nervous view of Adam Stefanow to develop 6-1.

World Cup 10 Robertson, also a two-winner at York Barbican, was a comfortable 6-2 win against first-year professional Kishan Hirani.

English man Jack Lisowski, continued his impressive new form by crossing China's Zhang Jiankang 6-1.

The 27-year-old World Cup 17, which has so far reached the quarterfinals in five of the eight ranking tournaments so far this season, made breaks of 82, 120, 56, 53, 51 and 115.

Otherwise, 49-year-old former world champion Ken Doherty won six frames in a row when he came back from 2-0 to beat China's Yuan Sijun 6-2.

The Irishman could now meet six-hour UK Championship winners and defend champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, who plays Luke Simmonds on Thursday.

"I really look forward to it," he said. "If it's Ronnie, I've got nothing to lose. No one will give me a chance, but I can win and will just enjoy it anyway."

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