World Snooker Championship 2022 – Judd Trump fends off Mark Williams’ fightback to win last frame and reach final
Judd Trump showed tremendous determination to stand firm against Mark Williams’ onslaught to win the deciding frame and book his place in the World Championship final.
Trump appeared to have a foothold in the final after opening a 7-1 lead after the first session and maintaining that advantage in the second session.
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The Welshman equalized in the 28th and 30th frames, and went one with two remaining, but Trump won the 32nd and 33rd to reach his third Crucible final.
After being barraged the night before, Trump stemmed the tide by snapping the first image of the final session.
Williams had a chance to cut the deficit to one, but ran out of position on 42 and missed a tight cut down the middle right and served the frame to Trump.
While Trump was on the end of a Williams barrage the night before, he played pretty well as both frames he won were secured with centuries.
He looked set to extend his lead to four frames after Williams broke down at 49, as he cleared the remaining reds and played a powerful black to get the yellow. But he was stopped as the pink he cannonaded while hitting in the dark blocked the potting angle and Williams hit in colors, including a stunning yellow and green, to keep the chase going.
The foundations of Williams’ fightback were built on long, brilliant potting. He nailed a stun in the 27th to help him cross the line in a nervous affair. Both players were handed over and passed up chances, but Williams took the major to come back within a frame.
Trump let a red break away, but appeared to be saved as the cue ball was tight against the green. Unfazed, Williams took it and hit it low left to set up a superb 137 break.
“He potted it like he was having fun with the club,” Philip Studd said on red in Eurosport comments, which perfectly sums up Williams’ attitude towards the game.
It was his 15th century of the 2022 World Championship, with only Stephen Hendry’s 16 in 2002 ahead of him in the record books.
There were rare sights in the 29: a missed pot and poor safety from Williams. They combined to give Trump the chance to rack up enough points to reestablish his lead as the tension began to mount.
Records don’t drive Williams, but he put his name in the Crucible history books by taking the 30th frame with a break of 138 to put him level with Hendry for most centuries at a world championship . It also brought Williams and Trump together at 15-15.
There was drama, there always would have been drama, as Williams took a lead in the 31st, only to miss a black. Trump missed, but Williams couldn’t make it to the table because he appeared to have been dazzled by one of the lights. He looked awkward for a few minutes but regained his concentration as the table got extremely messy.
Trump trimmed and held a slim color lead. Both players had chances, but a negative safety on Trump’s blue proved costly as Williams landed a superb snooker, forced the error and hit blue and pink to take the lead for the first time. Match.
Williams had a chance in the 32nd after a ridiculous fluke from a red, but he missed the following black. Trump was able to work an advantage and fend off his opponent to take the frame and force a decider.
It was a game that deserved to be decisive.
Both players came in with lucky shots in the final frame, but luckily for such a brilliant game they weren’t decisive as they failed to capitalize on it.
Williams missed a bruise on the back of his lucky shot, and Trump worked an advantage with a 49 break but sniffed his opponent missing a red with the rest.
It didn’t prove a telltale miss, as Trump produced two audacious double crosses and showed huge relief as he rolled into the final red to let Williams need three snookers he couldn’t get regardless. his efforts as Trump won one of the great Crucible matches.
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