Snooker: Hendry targets centuries milestone after defeat
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Judd Trump has bemoaned the scheduling at the Northern Ireland Open which saw him play in a “difficult” late night match for a place in the last 16. He was victorious over Lu Ning, but had to rely on some moments of brilliance to offset some basic errors in the match.
Trump said those errors came about as a result of being tired during the evening session on Wednesday.
The world number two beat his Chinese opponent 4-2, but it was a more difficult test than it really should have been after blitzing the first frame with a 100% potting accuracy.
He pulled off some magical moments like a really tricky snooker in the second frame before doubling a red into the middle pocket, having hit the ball so hard it “sounded like a gunshot” according to the commentator.
But those examples of Trump’s brilliance were tempered somewhat by some simple pots missed – mistakes blamed on the lateness of the hour by the man set to reclaim his world number one sport from Mark Selby after this tournament.
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“For me it’s just so difficult going on that late at night,” he told Eurosport after finally securing the win.
“It’s so tough when you’re the second game on [in the evening session] and you don’t know what time [you will play]. You’ve got no chance, you’re just not prepared properly.
“I was just a little bit tired and I was just missing easy balls that I’d never miss. I’d never miss them in a whole season, the amount of balls I missed in that game.
“The concentration just wasn’t there. I knew from the get-go, I was sat there and I felt tired and I thought ‘just battle through today, don’t worry about how you get through’.
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“I was always in control but I nearly let it go.”
He might well have let it go had it not been a miss from Lu in the sixth frame, which might have change the outcome of the match.
The Chinese potter was given a chance to level the match at 3-3 after a loose safety attempt from the former world champion, but was unable to sink a difficult yellow and that was the end of the his evening.
Trump has won this tournament in each of the last three years, and his bid to make it four in a row remains on after overcoming those errors to see off Lu’s challenge.
He faces a tricky last 16 tie against Jimmy Robertson, who was in red hot form as he dispatched James Cahill 4-0 in the previous round.
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