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Judd Trump still on course to match the greats


Judd Trump

Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis and Ronnie O'Sullivan are all in Judd Trump's sights after the World No.1 kept his hopes of a thrilling Northern Ireland Open threepeat alive.

Trump toppled World No.25 Scott Donaldson 5-1 in yesterday's first quarter-final as breaks of 112, 86, 70 and 52 blew the Scot away in Milton Keynes.

The result kept the 2019 world champion's dream of a third consecutive Northern Ireland Open title burning as he bids to become the first player since Hendry to win the same event three years running.

Seven-time world champion Hendry scooped the UK Championship in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and 'The Juddernaut' is hellbent on his own tilt at history under the Marshall Arena lights.

"It would be very special if I actually do it," said the 31-year-old.

"When you look back at the greats, Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis and Ronnie O'Sullivan, it just shows their dominance. If you're winning events two, three years in a row you're stamping your authority on the game."

Meanwhile, Ali Carter reckons a less stormy mindset is catalysing his resurgence back towards the world's top-16 reaching his first semi-final since last season's European Masters with a 5-3 win over Kurt Maflin.

"I haven't had the best start to the season and came here and said to myself 'just try and be nice to yourself', rather than beating yourself up all the time," said the former World No.2.

"I'm my own worst enemy when I miss a ball - I beat myself up."

Ronnie O'Sullivan fought back from 2-0 behind to beat Ding Junhui 5-2 in the evening session.

The six-time world champion roared back against the World No.10 as three half-century breaks booked a last four clash with Carter.

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Belfast Telegraph