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Inevitable: Judd Trump says it was impossible to maintain his form

Inevitable: Judd Trump says it was impossible to maintain his form

Inevitable: Judd Trump says it was impossible to maintain his form

Judd Trump insists he doesn't need to bounce back after being stunned by World No.37 Li Hang in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Open.

The World No.1 slumped to a shock 5-4 defeat against the Chinese player as his hopes of a third consecutive Home Nations title came to an end.

Trump lost a gruelling UK Championship epic against Neil Robertson on Sunday night and has already lifted the English and Northern Ireland Open trophies this season.

His last-eight defeat in the Scottish marks his worst showing in the tournament but Trump admits the standard he's setting is impossible to maintain.

The gutted 31-year-old said: "I don't need to bounce back from anything. I'm on a good run, and sooner or later you're going to have a bad spell. If I lose first round there's nothing more to it.

"Over the past 10 years, this is the most consistent I've ever been, and it's hard to live up to that all the time. At some point you're going to have a run of bad results."

Ricky Walden branded snooker broadcasters a 'joke' and is calling for radical change to stop the game's lower-ranked players being discriminated against.

The World No.39 lost 5-4 against Mark Selby as he made the step up to the TV tables for the first time in the tournament.

Selby has played all of his matches on the TV tables and 38-year-old Walden fumed: "It's like a different sport. Just mix the games up. There are plenty of good players, it's just a joke the way they keep putting the same players on the same TV table."

Ronnie O'Sullivan led Ding Junhui 3-1 in their quarter-final, while World No.80 Jamie Jones stunned Kyren Wilson 5-1.

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Belfast Telegraph


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