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Snooker World Championship: Trump ready to conquer the world

13 Apr | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Snooker World Championship: Trump ready to conquer the world

Talented youngster can fulfill his potential at the Crucible this year

There is no shortage of potential winners at the Snooker World Championship this year, but of all the contenders it is Judd Trump who makes the most compelling argument to lift the trophy at the Crucible in Sheffield.

The 25-year-old may have only won two tournaments this season but he has been impressively consistent throughout. Runners-up spots at the UK Championship, Champion of Champions and Paul Hunter Classic alongside a recent semi-final run at the Players Championship Finals illustrate how he has been there or there abouts even without winning regularly.

His first victory of the season came at the Australian Open, which is only a small feather in the cap, but his second win at the World Grand Prix is comparatively peacock–esque. Trump had to beat the bang in-form pair of Joe Perry and Mark Williams en route to a classic final with Ronnie O’Sullivan which he won 10-7. This was a huge monkey off his back after losing to the Rocket in the finals of the UK Championship and Champion of Champions.                                                                    

If all goes to plan at the Crucible then Trump and O‘Sullivan should meet in the semi-finals which could be an absolute belter. Prior to the Grand Prix the Rocket would have to be the pick but the younger man will now be full of confidence and fancy his chances of victory.            

Five-time champ O’Sullivan has had a profitable year on the circuit, but not a dominant one. He has won two of the 10 tournaments he has entered; a good return but not one that suggests he can sweep the competition aside as he has done in the past. The veteran also proved he can be defeated on the biggest stage of all in last year’s final when Mark Selby battled to victory.

Selby has to be considered a contender as the defending champion and the winner of the most recent ranking event – the China Open. The Jester from Leicester, though, must deal with the “Curse of the Crucible” which no man before has managed to conquer. Never before has a player won their first world title at the Crucible and retained it the following season. There is little reason why this is the case but it is often foolish to ignore history. Winning the China Open has also never proven to be a positive influence on World Championship performance.

Other contenders include 2010 winner Neil Robertson, Masters champion Shaun Murphy and even Mark Williams, who at 40-years-old is playing some of his best snooker for years. However, the consistency of these players has to be questioned. Robertson is the pick of the bunch but he has suffered some pretty poor results this season and has managed just one Crucible semi-final since winning the tournament five years ago.

Judd Trump to win @ 6/1