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Trump Ends Page Run

jackson pageJackson Page’s impressive run at the Coral Welsh Open came to an end as he lost 4-0 to Judd Trump in the last 32 in Cardiff.

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Welsh 15-year-old schoolboy Page has proved his potential this week by beating Jason Weston and John Astley in his first appearance at a pro tournament, becoming the youngest  British player to reach the last 32 of a ranking event.

But the teenager, who is mentored by Mark Williams, was no match for world number four Trump who fired breaks of 61 and 96 as he set up a meeting with Iran’s Hossein Vafaei.

“It was great out there but there were a lot of nerves and pressure too,” said Page. “I had a lot of support behind me but Judd is one of the best in the world. You won’t get many chances and when you do, you have to take them.

“It was great, even just watching Judd play was good. His positional shots, the way he was on every ball perfectly. It gave me a lot to learn.

“I’ll take a lot from it. I’d have been happy even if I got knocked out first round, as long as I gave it a good go. To win two games is great, you can’t ask for too much at my age against Judd.

“I’ll have a week in school and then I am off to Cyprus for the European Championship. I’ll have a chance to turn professional if I win the Under-21s or the Men’s.

“My friends have been proud of me and enjoyed watching me. Now it is back to blazers and ties. It will be interesting when I go back, I don’t know what people will say. I have loved every minute of this tournament.”

judd trumpTrump was full of praise for his opponent, saying: “It has been brilliant for the game, what he has done this week. He is an exciting talent, with the right people around him, he needs to work on his game and get ready for the professional game.

“It is hard to tell how good he will be. As you go from the amateur game to the professional game it takes a while to come through. There are only a couple of players who have really burst through straight away. It will be hard for him, he has shown the potential. If he has someone like Mark Williams to guide his career and make sure he dedicates himself to the game, then hopefully he can get there.

“The best way for him now is to turn professional as soon as possible. Go through a couple of years of playing the top players, get the experience. It is going to be tough for him, he will be disappointed not to play well today and get beat – but he will learn from it. He’ll have to work hard and it will be good for Wales if he can be the next star.”