A short report on the most alluring semi-final match in this year's World Professional Snooker Championship between two of the game's young rising stars.
Today, April 30, rising stars Ding Junhui and Judd Trump squared up to each other for the final session of what was to date the biggest match of both their young lives, in the semi-final of the 2011 World Professional Snooker Championship at Sheffield. And it was Trump who edged out his valiant opponent by 17 frames to 15.
Commentating live for BBC Television, were six times former champion Steve Davis, and Dennis Taylor, the man who beat him in the 1985 final in what was arguably the most nailbiting match and frame ever played.
In the interval, another former world champion, John Parrot said he’d never seen Ding play better after the Chinese player had made his 7th Century of the tournament; alas Ding’s best was not quite good enough for the man who has played some of the most outrageous shots in this year’s Crucible event.
At 14-15 down, Davis said Trump was facing the biggest clearance of his career to date. He failed to clear up, but won the frame anyway to level the match, at which point Dennis Taylor said it was one of the best matches he’d seen for many years. The 31st frame was a re-rack – a rare occurrance – and Trump eased out his opponent to book his place in the final where he will face either John Higgins or Mark Williams.
Ding will naturally be disappointed, but he will return to China with his head held high, and a cheque for £52,000 courtesy of sponsors BetFred.
Trump, who before this tournament was rated number 26 in the world, will naturally be hoping to add to the China Open which he won earlier this year, and is a slight underdog to do so, though it will take a brave man to bet against him.