The 2012 International Champion Judd Trump has talked of his excitement ahead of a return to the event this Sunday, after failing to qualify for last year’s tournament.
The Juddernaught heads to Daqing in the midst of a terrific run of form. Two weeks ago in Bucharest he defeated Mark Selby and Ronnie O’Sullivan on his way to picking up the inaugural European Masters Crown. The 27-year-old then looked on course to claim back to back titles at the English Open in Manchester. His extraordinary run of 14 consecutive match wins was ended in the final by Liang Wenbo.
Trump’s victory at the 2012 International Championship came during the first ever running of the event. He defeated the likes of Mark Allen and Peter Ebdon to reach the final, before a dramatic encounter with Neil Robertson. Trump trailed 8-6, but reeled off four consecutive frames to snatch the title and become world number one.
Trump remarked: “It was the biggest event in China. I don’t enter tournaments unless I really want to be there and win them. I’m cutting back events this year as I want to gear towards the big events. I’m really looking forward to going out there, as if it’s a tournament I’ve already won. I haven’t been to Daqing before so I’m really excited to go there. This event and the upcoming China Championship are both very important. It would be nice to get another big win in China.”
His defeat in qualifying for the 2015 event came as a huge surprise. Trump suffered a 6-0 whitewash at the hands of world number 100 Michael Wild and missed out on one of snooker’s biggest tournaments outside of the UK.
“It was one of those games that hasn’t happened a lot in my career. He completely outplayed me,” said the world number three. “It wasn’t on the TV table so not many would have seen, but I think he played better than the likes of John Higgins or Ronnie O’Sullivan have ever played against me. It kind of surprised me as he doesn’t produce that form regularly.”
Since changing his cue, Trump has been in scintillating form
The 27-year-old’s recent upturn in form has coincided with using a new cue. The change came about prior to his European Masters victory in Romania.
“I started to struggle with the old one and was a bit inconsistent. I thought it was time for a change, my cue wasn’t helping me and I was a lot better off with a new one. So far that’s proving to be correct. To be able to win a tournament and get in the final of another is great. Maybe the old one was maybe holding me back a bit. I might have held on to it a bit too long. I’m really enjoying snooker with this cue at the moment and I want to practise.”