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Judd TrumpJudd Trump’s relaxed attitude paid dividends as he beat Mark Williams 4-1 at the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix to set up a last 16 clash with Stuart Bingham.

Trump hasn’t won a televised title since beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final here in Llandudno last year and admits he is trying to play with more freedom in matches as he has sometimes struggled to cope with pressure at key moments this season.

He enjoyed a confidence boost in winning the Championship League last week and looked sharp today as top breaks of 60, 71 and 122 gave him a comfortable win over Williams.

“I cued the ball well and enjoyed it,” said world number five Trump. “It’s important to relax in matches. Mark has always played the way he does in practice – at that attribute he’s the best in the world and that’s something I can learn from. Being in Llandudno helps because it’s a very peaceful place and I enjoy coming here.”

Pre-tournament favourites Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson were knocked out yesterday but Trump does not feel that improves his chances of retaining the title. “I prefer playing against the top names,” he added. “I’d rather they were still in it because I always play worse against the lower seeds.”
Stuart Bingham
World Champion Bingham scored a 4-1 win over David Gilbert with top breaks of 57, 57 and 80. Bingham admits it has been a tough season for him and he is yet to reach a final during the 2015/16 campaign.

“People tend to raise their game against the World Champion because it’s a good scalp to take,” he said. “I have tried to prepare myself for that but it hasn’t worked out as well as I’d hoped. It has been a learning curve.

“I feel I have turned a corner now. I have been struggling with my game for the last few weeks, I just needed some confidence and hopefully it’s coming back now. The match today started off scrappy so I tried to speed up and I felt a lot happier when I did that.”

China’s Liang Wenbo earned a match with Michael Holt by beating Graeme Dott 4-1 with top breaks of 99, 67, 105 and 76.

Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh edged out Marco Fu 4-3 to set up a match with Mark Allen. Fu came from 3-0 down to 3-3 with a top break of 114 and he led 51-1 in the decider. But Six-Red World Champion Un-Nooh clawed his way back into the frame and won it with a 41 clearance.