UK Snooker Championship 2017: Judd Trump feeling 'sharp' after big opening win


Judd Trump won the UK title in 2011 and was runner-up three years ago
2017 UK Championship
Date: 28 Nov-10 Dec Venue: York Barbican
Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 2 December.

World number three Judd Trump says he is “due a good run” at the UK Championship after coasting to a 6-0 first-round win over Matthew Bolton.

The 2011 champion, 28, scored a superb 137 in the win – the highest break of the tournament in York so far – and looked in confident mood throughout.

“I felt good. I’ve practised hard for this and I felt sharp,” Trump said.

“I didn’t really give him a chance until the final frame, so hopefully I can keep that up.”

Trump was also the UK runner-up in 2014, losing a thrilling final 10-9 against Ronnie O’Sullivan, but the Bristolian has not gone beyond the third round since.

Speaking to BBC Sport at the York Barbican, he added: “I’ve done well twice here but I’ve been inconsistent and not done well the past couple of years. I’m due a run here.

“I feel good with the way I’m playing. I’ve practised some new stuff for this and I feel a lot sharper than I have done all season.”

‘I was down on myself and too tired’

It was Trump’s first match since losing his temper in his first-round exit at the Northern Ireland Open.

Trump trailed Stuart Carrington 3-2 and 52-0 in the first-to-four match when he missed a red to a middle pocket before conceding the frame by throwing his cue at the ball with 83 points remaining.

He said: “It’s not something that I regret. I think everyone has done it over time.

“I didn’t do anything horrible to Stuart. I didn’t punch the table like other people have done or bang my cue.

“I just gave up too early when he was going to win because the balls were everywhere. I didn’t mean it in a bad way.

“I was just down on myself and too tired to have been there. I think that was just a lot of travelling that had built up. When you’re not sleeping, you’re not thinking straight.”

Trump said he felt obliged to play having entered the tournament, but should have pulled out having made the final of the Shanghai Masters two days before the event began in Belfast.

“I was a bit unselfish and I shouldn’t really have gone,” Trump explained. “I tried my best but my head wasn’t in it.”

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