Judd Trump admits it will take time to fully recover from recent laser eye surgery, despite that he negotiated a tricky clash with Daniel Wells 5-2 to reach the last 32 of the Evergrande China Championship.
Trump underwent the procedure a week before his clash with Sam Craigie at World Open qualifying earlier this month. The 2011 UK Champion suffered an unexpected 5-0 loss on that occasion, but his heavy scoring today suggests he is quickly getting back up to speed.
Wells took a tense opening frame, but it didn’t take long for the clash to spark into life. Trump levelled, by making a break of 67 in the second. He then took to the front with a contribution of 86 in the third. Wells enjoyed his most successful season on the World Snooker Tour to date last term and he made it 2-2 at the interval with a fine break of 97.
When they returned Trump looked set to make the fourth 147 of his career, before missing a black on 105. He then pressed home his advantage with a break of 97 in the next. Trump got over the line by winning a 37 minute tactical frame to seal the 5-2 victory. Afterwards he admitted that it would take time to reach top form following his eye surgery.
Trump remarked: “I was going into a lot of the later matches at night and my eyes would dry up. Anyone who has worn contact lenses knows how hard it is to keep them in daily, let alone play snooker. I felt like it was holding me back a bit. I’ve had it done and although its not quite right just yet hopefully the more I play the better I will get. That is probably why my confidence hasn’t been quite as high as usual because I sight the ball slightly differently.”
Defending champion John Higgins is safely through to the last 32 after seeing off Chris Wakelin 5-2. The four-time World Champion looked to be in good touch yesterday, in his 5-0 demolition of Lyu Haotian and he continued that form today. There were breaks of 70, 119 and 70 in the win.
China’s number one Ding Junhui produced a fine display of break building as he negotiated Alfie Burden to book his place in the last 32 with a 5-2 win. Burden took the opening frame with a break of 100, but from there Ding took control of proceedings. The 12-time ranking event winner made contributions of 64, 85, 91 and 128.
Ryan Day and Mark Williams both came through to book an all-Welsh showdown in the last 32. Day held off a Cao Yupeng Comeback to win 5-3. Meanwhile Williams came through a 5-2 winner against Tian Pengfei.
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