26.11.08

TRUMP ON HIS WAY TO WEMBLEY

Judd Trump, 19, will become the 11th teenager to compete in the final stages of the Wembley Masters in the tournament’s 35-year history after beating Mark Joyce 6-1 in the qualifying final in Sheffield today.

Trump, an outstanding junior, turned professional in 2005 but has come of age this season, qualifying for the final stages of the first four ranking events and beating Ronnie O’Sullivan on the way to the semi-finals of the Grand Prix.

He used to be very shy but seems now to relish the limelight and there’s no doubt he possesses a fierce talent.

His match against Mark Allen or Mark King at Wembley Arena in January should be one to savour.

The other wildcard will be announced soon with Ricky Walden, the Shanghai Masters champion, the obvious candidate.

18 comments:

Matt@PSB said...

Trump's form is starting to look ominous, good to see him stringing together consistent results now and it's only a matter of time til he breaks into the top 16 it seems.

kimball said...

Walden stumble here and there. my
guess is Matthew Stevens as the wild card.
Good crowdpleaser and maybe the natural choice.

Anonymous said...

my choice for the wild would be:

the player who is the highest ranked player on the one year list who isnt already in the tournament

Anonymous said...

highest ranked player on the 1 year list not in the tournament:
Walden, the natural choice

(2nd in the list would be Dave Harold)

Anonymous said...

is Walden the highest ranked player in the 07/08 points list not already in it?

Matt@PSB said...

Nah that would be Mark Williams who in 07/08 finished 11th on the one years.

Anonymous said...

i thought that too Matt, hence i questioned it

Anonymous said...

Pleased for Judd - shared a few laughs with him up in Glasgow at the Grand Prix and he seems like a nice lad and very modest and unassuming...Good luck to him. As for the wildcard, I'm thinking Chow How Potalot or Wang One In may get a shot to keep the overseas and far east contingent happy......

Mr D

Anonymous said...

Does Trump remind anybody else of a Young Hendry?
I know thats a big statement but the lad just seems to have everything.He's an astonishing talent.

kimball said...

Maybe more a Jimmy White type

Anonymous said...

more kirk stevens (playing)

Anonymous said...

more kirk stevens (playing)

Anonymous said...

I expect Judd to make it to the very top and stay there for some time
John H

Anonymous said...

Ricky Walden is the top ranked player not already in the draw based on the four ranking tournaments played so far this season. Dave Harold is next on that list.
Mark Williams is top of those not already in the draw on the provisional ranking list taking in these four tournaments and all of last season
John H

Anonymous said...

It will be Walden forsure to receive the second wildcard.

Monique said...

Well according to this ... http://www.globalsnookercentre.co.uk/files/Rankings/2008-9-one-year-ranks.htm
it should be Dave Harold. :)
unlikely but why not?

Anonymous said...

Monique, Dave is higher than Ricky on that provisional list as they have credited him with more points for the remaining tournaments still to be played this season than Ricky. This is because he enters them a round later and has a higher minimum points allocation. Ricky is the higher on points actually earned in the four completed tournaments
John H

Monique said...

Point taken. But there was a bit of teasing in my post ... because I very much doubt Dave would get that wildcard even if it was the other way around. He's simply not "commercially attractive" enough.
And this is not a go at Dave Harold. He came across as a very nice person when I met him in Duffel and I personnaly don't mind his style of play. But I know what I have read on forums ...