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Whirlwind start puts Trump in control

 

By Adam McKendry

Judd Trump put in a strong performance in the first round of the Masters to see off rival Kyren Wilson 6-2 at the Alexandra Palace in London.

The World No.5 wasn't in a mood to mess around as he opened the match with a stunning 128 break and then proceeded to take a strangehold on the match.

He raced into a 5-0 lead in the best-of-11 contest and, although Wilson battled back with the next two frames, Trump's quality shone through as he wrapped up victory in the eighth.

With Wilson eliminated, it means both of last year's finalists fell at the first hurdle after Mark Allen's loss at the hands of Luca Brecel in his first round tie.

And there was no love lost between Trump and Wilson after the game, with the victor surprisingly frosty in his post-match comments.

"The two of us clash, we don't speak. We don't really get on," said Trump.

The 29-year-old from Bristol will now take on Mark Selby in the next round after the World No.1 defeated Stephen Maguire in his first match of the tournament.

Despite losing the opening frame, confident Selby quickly established control on the tie as he rattled off consecutive breaks of 115, 95 and 125 to take a 3-1 lead.

Back came Maguire, the Scotsman triumphing in the fifth frame to reduce the gap to one, but from there his race was very much run.

Breaks of 133 and 96 took Selby within one of victory and the win duly arrived when he battled to success in the final frame to secure a 6-2 triumph.

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