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Judd Trump new snooker world No 1 after International Championship final win

Top Trump: Judd is new world No 1 after beating Ebdon to reach final in China

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12:50 GMT, 2 November 2012

Judd Trump roared to the top of the world rankings for the first time as he beat Peter Ebdon 9-1 to reach the International Championship final in Chengdu.

The 23-year-old Bristol cueman assured himself of the number one slot with a ruthless performance against an out-of-sorts Ebdon, who paid a high price for his frequent mistakes.

Former world champion Ebdon made the only century, a 106 break in the fourth frame, but that was a blip in the flow of the one-sided contest, and Trump goes on to face the winner of Saturday's second semi-final between Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson in Sunday’s final.

Top of the world: Judd Trump is now the new world snooker No 1

Top of the world: Judd Trump is now the new world snooker No 1

With 125,000 going to the winner, plus a slew of ranking points, the new tournament has instantly become one of the most important on the World Snooker tour.

And while his stablemate Ronnie O’Sullivan missed the trip, citing illness, Trump, whose first major title came at the China Open in April 2011, is reaping the benefits.

Barry Hawkins wins Australian Goldfields Open

Hawkins breaks his duck with defeat of Ebdon in Australia

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21:00 GMT, 15 July 2012

Pro victory: Barry Hawkins defeated Peter Ebdon

Pro victory: Barry Hawkins defeated Peter Ebdon

Barry Hawkins won the first professional snooker event of his 16-year career after he defeated Peter Ebdon 9-3 in the Australian Goldfields Open.

The 33-year-old Londoner has featured in the world's top 16 in the past but posted the highlight of his career in some style.

After taking the first frame, Ebdon
failed to pot a ball for over an hour as Hawkins cruised to a 4-1 lead,
before sealing victory with four unanswered frames in the evening
session.

He said: 'It's so tough, just to win one is an achievement. To be the last one standing is unbelievable.'

Hawkins takes home a cheque for $A70,000 (71,600) and moves up three places to 20th in the world rankings.

Barry Hawkins sets up Peter Ebdon battle after reaching first ranking final

Hawkins sets up Ebdon battle after reaching first ranking final

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UPDATED:

20:15 GMT, 14 July 2012

Peter Ebdon and Barry Hawkins will battle it out for this year's Australian Open title.

Ebdon, the former world and UK
champion, advanced to the best-of-19 frame decider with an impressive
6-2 semi-final victory over Hong Kong's Marco Fu at the Bendigo Stadium
in Victoria.

Compatriot Barry Hawkins saw off Mark Davis 6-4 to seal a place in his first ranking final.

First final: Barry Hawkins in action

First final: Barry Hawkins in action

'I've waited a long time to be in a ranking final, now I want to do myself justice and win a tournament,' Hawkins said.

The eventual champion at the second ranking event of the season will take home 46,000, with the runner-up earning nearly 20,000.

Judd Trump slams Peter Ebdon"s slow play after five-hour win over Ding Junhui

Your slow play is a joke! Trump slams Ebdon after he takes nearly five hours to claim victory

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UPDATED:

18:24 GMT, 12 July 2012

Judd Trump has hit out at Peter Ebdon after the former world champion took almost five hours to grind his way to victory over Ding Junhui at the Australian Open.

Ebdon beat the Chinese player 5-4 in Bendigo, with each frame taking an average time of 32 minutes, leading to an outburst afterwards from snooker's newest superstar.

'How Peter Ebdon is allowed to play that slow is a joke,' Trump said on Twitter.

Outspoken: Judd Trump was not short of an opinion

Outspoken: Judd Trump was not short of an opinion

Trump, who told Sportsmail last year that he wouldn't object to a shot clock being used at the Masters or UK Championship, is one of a number of top stars not to be playing in this week's tournament. That hasn't stopped him commenting on events from afar however.

Ebdon has come under fire for supposed slow play in the past, most famously when he saw off a visibly upset Ronnie O'Sullivan in a World Championship quarter-final at the Crucible in 2005.

The 2002 world champion, who clinched victory over Ding with a break of 70 in the deciding frame, will next play Shaun Murphy.

Under fire: Peter Ebdon has been derided for his measured play

Under fire: Peter Ebdon has been derided for his measured play

Ebdon certainly didn't seem to do another former world champion Neil Robertson any favours. The Australian's match against Mark Davis was badly delayed, and he was never at the races, losing 5-1.

'Overall, I'm really disappointed, but Mark handled the late start better than I did. It is always difficult starting at 9.30pm or 10pm,' Robertson said afterwards.

Davis will next play Martin Gould, after the Englishman beat Chinese qualifier Cao Yupeng 5-4.

Barry Hawkins beat Matthew Stevens 5-2, and he will play Matthew Selt in the last eight. Selt continued his fine run with a 5-3 win over Ryan Day. Marco Fu beat Jamie Burnett 5-1, and he will play Stephen Lee in the quarter-finals.

World Championship snooker: Jamie Jones knocks out Shaun Murphy

Jones is the pride of Wales after magnificent win over former champion Murphy at Crucible

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18:16 GMT, 23 April 2012

Shaun Murphy became the biggest casualty yet at the World Championship as qualifier Jamie Jones scored a big victory for Wales on his debut.

Jones, a 24-year-old from near Neath, raised eyebrows with a 10-2
victory over world number 15 Ricky Walden in the final qualifying round,
and he also beat reigning Crucible champion John Higgins at the PTC
Finals in Galway last month.

He said the wins would give him momentum for going to the Crucible and
that was clearly the case as he superbly knocked out 2005 champion Murphy,
winning 10-8.

Memorable win: Jamie Jones celebrates after beating Shaun Murphy in Sheffield

Memorable win: Jamie Jones celebrates after beating Shaun Murphy in Sheffield

Murphy said: 'It's certainly not how I saw the tournament going. I thought the match was really high quality.

'I really enjoyed it, which sounds funny considering I got beaten. I
thought Jamie held himself together really well and he didn't play like a
debutant. I've certainly played a lot worse myself and won before.'

Jones said: 'I've never felt any pressure like it in my life. I've never known an occasion like it.

'For my Crucible debut I think I played pretty well. That's definitely not my best though. I can play better than that.

'Everyone in the village where I live has been watching on TV and my
phone hasn't stopped going since I left the table. It'll be like a
circus at home.'

Heading out: The 2005 champion Shaun Murphy

Heading out: The 2005 champion Shaun Murphy

Elsewhere on Monday afternoon, Ronnie O'Sullivan surged into a 7-2 lead against Peter Ebdon.

Seven years ago, Ebdon came from 8-2 behind to defeat O'Sullivan 13-11 in the quarter-finals, staging his fightback on a famous night when his slow play drew criticism.

Neither man is likely to ever forget that match, but Ebdon might be eager to put their current battle behind him after being comprehensively outplayed.

Ebdon came to Sheffield as an in-form player, having won the China Open at the start of April and then qualified for the World Championship with a 10-0 win over Alfie Burden.

He has lost weight on a strict vegan diet, and is physically fit to last the distance in Sheffield, but his game was no match for a hungry O'Sullivan, who was watched by his friend, the artist Damien Hirst.

Looking good: Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed a commanding lead over Peter Ebdon

Looking good: Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed a commanding lead over Peter Ebdon

The drama in the session came in the opening frame. Ebdon took 40 seconds deliberating over his first shot, offering a reminder of how pedestrian his play was in their 2005 clash.

The frame could have gone either way, but O'Sullivan had a clear opening when he potted pink and could have added the black, although it was awkward. Playing it left-handed, O'Sullivan missed it, and Ebdon potted it to force a 64-64 tie, meaning it went down to a re-spotted black. Ebdon almost missed the ball entirely. O'Sullivan missed what was a gift of a chance.

Eventually O'Sullivan sank the black, but Ebdon soon levelled up at 1-1.
It was Ebdon's last success until the final frame of the session, with O'Sullivan at times ruthless, at other times doing just enough to surge comfortably clear of an opponent who was struggling to live up to his own pre-match expectations of himself.

There was a century from O'Sullivan in barely five minutes in frame three. In 2005 it took Ebdon as long to make a run of 12.

Ebdon gave himself a glimmer of hope with a break of 90, but will return on Tuesday needing a comeback on a familiar scale.

Peter Ebdon beats Ding Junhui to meet Stephen Maguire in China Open final

Ebdon sees off home favourite Ding to set up China Open final against Maguire

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17:15 GMT, 31 March 2012

Qualifier Peter Ebdon came from 3-1 down to beat Ding Junhui and book his place in the final of the China Open.

Ding looked set to delight his legion of fans in Beijing when he led by two frames at the mid-session interval, but Ebdon reeled off the next five in succession to set up a clash with Scotland's Stephen Maguire.

Upset: Peter Ebdon dispatched home favourite Ding to set up a final clash with Stephen Maguire

Upset: Peter Ebdon dispatched home favourite Ding to set up a final clash with Stephen Maguire

After winning the first frame after the interval, a break of 69 saw Ebdon level the scores at 3-3 before an epic seventh frame which lasted 37 minutes.

With just the last three colours remaining, Ding missed a straightforward blue to the middle while trying to force position on the pink, which was near the yellow pocket.

Ebdon potted the blue and then brilliantly cut the pink in from a narrow angle, while still managing to get position on the black on its spot.

The former world champion then compiled a break of 68 in the next frame which was ultimately enough to win it, before sealing victory with runs of 64 and 58 to win the ninth frame 127-0.

Earlier in the day, Maguire beat Stephen Lee 6-2 by taking the last four frames in a row.

The Scot sealed the win after his opponent had battled back from 2-0 down to level the scores.

But Maguire, who only edged past Ronnie O'Sullivan on a respotted black in the final frame in the last round, had six breaks over 50.

Easy does it: Stephen Maguire beat Stephen Lee in Beijing

Easy does it: Stephen Maguire beat Stephen Lee in Beijing

Maguire, who won this tournament in 2008 and was the 2004 UK champion, started the better, taking the first frame with a 76 break and then edging a scrappy second as he punished Lee for not taking his chances.

Lee beat reigning champion Judd Trump in the last eight and the 37-year-old battled his way back into the contest.

He won the third frame on the back of a 67 and then drew level, breaks of 47 and 39 enough to see him over the line.

But he simply had no answer to Maguire after the mid-session interval as the 31-year-old raced away with the match

The Scot knocked in a 51 and a 53 to restore his lead and from there just continued to up his game.

He rattled in breaks of 66 and 71 to take the match away from Lee before saving the best till last, a run of 91 handing him victory in emphatic fashion.

Stephen Maguire beats Stephen Lee China Open

Maguire brushes Lee aside to reach China Open final in Beijing

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UPDATED:

11:35 GMT, 31 March 2012

Stephen Maguire stormed into the final of the China Open with a comprehensive 6-2 victory over Stephen Lee in Beijing.

Maguire won four frames in a row to seal the win after his opponent had battled back from 2-0 down to level the scores.

But the Scot, who only edged past Ronnie O'Sullivan on a respotted black in the final frame in the last round, had six breaks over 50 as he set up a meeting with either home favourite Ding Junhui or Peter Ebdon.

Easy does it: Stephen Maguire beat Stephen Lee in Beijing

Easy does it: Stephen Maguire beat Stephen Lee in Beijing

Maguire, who won this tournament in 2008 and was the 2004 UK champion, started the better, taking the first frame with a 76 break and then edging a scrappy second as he punished Lee for not taking his chances.

Lee beat reigning champion Judd Trump in the last eight and the 37-year-old battled his way back into the contest.

He won the third frame on the back of a 67 and then drew level, breaks of 47 and 39 enough to see him over the line.

But he simply had no answer to Maguire after the mid-session interval as the 31-year-old raced away with the match

The Scot knocked in a 51 and a 53 to restore his lead and from there just continued to up his game.

He rattled in breaks of 66 and 71 to take the match away from Lee before saving the best till last, a run of 91 handing him victory in emphatic fashion.

Ding, who beat Ali Carter 5-2 in the quarter-finals, meets Ebdon, who saw off Neil Robertson 5-3, in the other semi-final.

Jimmy White sets up Judd Trump clash at China open after qualifying win

Legend White wins wildcard match to set up showdown with Trump in China

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UPDATED:

11:28 GMT, 26 March 2012

Snooker legend Jimmy White has booked a first-round China Open clash with Judd Trump after coming through his qualifying game.

Wildcard: Jimmy White will play Judd Trump in China

Wildcard: Jimmy White will play Judd Trump in China

The Whirlwind saw off Omar Alkojah 5-3 in his wildcard game, teeing up a meeting with Bristolian Trump later in the week.

Another experienced campaigner, Mark King, also progressed through his wildcard match, beating Zhu Yinghui by the same scoreline.

King will now take on former world champion Graeme Dott in the first round.

Nottingham's Michael Holt was unable to make the cut, though, losing 5-3 to Li Hang – the local favourite rewarded with a tie against world number one Mark Selby.

In Monday morning's first-round match, Neil Robertson edged a tight affair with Jamie Cope 5-4 to move through to the last 16.

Later on Monday, seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry takes on Martin Gould, while there are three more wildcards with Peter Ebdon facing Lu Haotian, Ben Woollaston taking on Chen Feiliong and Jamie Jones metting Lu Ning.