Judd Trump and Joe Perry couldn’t be split after the opening session of the BetVictor Welsh Open final, emerging locked level at 4-4.
Both players are seeking a maiden Welsh Open title and they will return for the climax of this year’s event at 7pm this evening. The first to reach nine frames will pick up the coveted Ray Reardon Trophy and scoop a top prize of £70,000.
Trump’s only other appearance in the title match of this event came back in 2017, when he was defeated 9-8 by Stuart Bingham. The Ace in the Pack will be hoping to go one step further this week to seal what would be his 23rd career ranking title and first of the season.
Perry won his only ranking title to date at the 2015 Players Championship, beating Mark Williams 4-3 in the final. Today’s showpiece showdown with Trump is his sixth appearance in a ranking final.
The opening frame of the afternoon swung both ways and eventually came down to a battle on the final black. Perry clinched it with a table length double to move 1-0 ahead. Bristol’s Trump restored parity, but a break of 59 saw Cambridge cueman Perry edge back in front at 2-1. Trump then hit back in the fourth with 69 to head into the mid-session all-square at 2-2.
They traded frames upon the resumption, before Trump compiled a break of 73 to move 4-3 ahead. However, Perry crucially claimed the last frame of the afternoon on the black to set up an enthralling evening session.