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Trump ready to fight all the way after booking semi-final spot



Judd Trump

Judd Trump


Judd Trump

Judd Trump took a swipe at Stephen Maguire after demolishing the Scot 13-6 to book his place in the World Championship semi-finals at the Crucible.

The 29-year-old mocked the Scot's pre-match assertion that he was a "lucky" player by joking: "I got a lot of luck out there - I think that was the only reason I did win."

Trump added: "I think it's obvious that people take it differently. Some people applaud their opponent and some people brush it off like it wasn't their fault - so maybe that's just his way of looking at it."

Trump, who is targeting a place in his first world final since 2011, had built on his stunning opening session by winning the first two frames yesterday and establishing a 9-1 lead.

Maguire managed to claw his way back to respectability by taking four of the next five frames, including a break of 110, but Trump swiftly responded with breaks of 68 and 82 to send him over the line.

Shrugging off the fact that his win made him the new odds-on favourite for the title, Trump added: "It's always good to beat anybody that comfortably but there is a long battle ahead.

"It was nice to be playing with no real pressure out there and just being able to fully enjoy it with that kind of lead. It was just important to get it over with."

Trump will tonight start out against qualifier Gary Wilson whose fairytale run continued with a 13-9 win over Ali Carter.

David Gilbert - who held off Kyren Wilson to claim a 13-8 success - this afternoon starts out against John Higgins who defeated Neil Robertson 13-10.

Belfast Telegraph