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Trump Establishes Llandudno Lead

Judd Trump has opened up a 6-2 advantage against Ronnie O’Sullivan in their semi-final clash at the Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno.

The Ace in the Pack held all the cards this afternoon and requires just four more frames for victory, with O’Sullivan needing eight of the remaining 11 to be played. Last time the pair met was the Masters final in January, when Trump opened up a 7-1 first session lead and went on to claim a 10-4 victory. He will be hoping for a similar outcome this evening.

Trump and O’Sullivan jointly occupy the top of the Coral Cup Standings on £130,000, where the winner is derived from who earns the most prize money from the three Coral Series events. They hold the first two tournaments between them, with Trump having won the Coral World Grand Prix and O’Sullivan claiming the Coral Players Championship title.

With Trump holding a 2-1 advantage this afternoon, he compiled a crucial 66 break to come from 46-8 down in the fourth frame and move 3-1 ahead at the mid-session. A further run of 55 helped him into a 4-1 lead when they returned.

O’Sullivan responded with a century break of 100 to make it 4-2. However, it was Trump who claimed the remaining frames to secure his 6-2 lead going into tonight. The remainder of the best of 19 clash will be played out this evening at 7pm.