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Judd Trump

Trump made a fast start against Ding

Judd Trump made a strong start to his quarter-final clash with Ding Junhui at the Betfred World Championship, taking a 6-2 lead.

Trump is aiming to reach the final for the first time since 2011, when he beat Ding 17-15 in the semis.

Today the Bristolian left-hander took the first two frames with top breaks of 45 and 54, then made an 82 clearance in the third frame, followed by a run of 94 for 4-0.

The Trump onslaught continued after the interval as a break of 108 extended his lead, then he cleared with 76 in the next after Ding had missed on 54.

China’s Ding, who is hoping to reach the final for the first time, eventually got on the scoreboard thanks to a 47 clearance in frame seven. And he finished the session with a break of 72 to reduce the gap to four frames, ahead of the second session at 7pm tonight.

Anthony McGill and Shaun Murphy are locked at 4-4 after the opening session of their quarter-final, despite a blistering start from the Magician (Tom Hiscott writes).

Murphy opened with a pair of century breaks, 100 and 125, to fire himself into a 2-0 lead. Qualifier McGill, who has already knocked out Stephen Maguire and Mark Selby, got himself on the board with a clearance of 37 to reduce the arrears to 2-1.

After seeing his opponent move 3-1 ahead, McGill then registered three straight frames with breaks of 66, 89 and 65 to go ahead for the first time.

Murphy, the 2005 champion, took the final frame of the session to draw level. They also resume at 7pm this evening.


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