Trump marches into the quarter-finals
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Judd Trump continued his recent good form © Getty Images
Enlarge Judd Trump wasted little time in securing his place in the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship, taking the two frames he needed to clinch a 13-6 victory over Martin Gould.
Coming into the third session on Saturday morning with a 11-5 advantage, the 21-year-old Trump was hoping to waste little time in moving into the last eight.
But Gould let it be known he would not just lie down and accept his fate, hitting back in the first frame of the session to move within five frames of his opponent after a nervous exchange of play that saw both players squander decent opportunities to build decisive breaks.
Trump soon shrugged off that disappointment, however, and a break of 69 after the balls opened up nicely was enough of a base for the recently-crowned China Open champion to move within a frame of victory.
And he made that step at the very next opportunity, a break of 53 again the foundation he needed to eventually finish matters and move on in the tournament.
Trump will now face either Ali Carter or Graeme Dott in the quarter-finals. The pair will return to the table later on Saturday with their contest delicately poised at 8-8.
In the other Saturday morning session, Barry Hawkins was pegged back by Martin Allen, who won the final six frames to take a 9-7 lead ahead of the final session of the match.
Hawkins looked to be edging clear of his opponent, ahead 7-3 early in the morning after a solid start, before the momentum in the match suddenly swung. After snagging two close frames in scrappy fashion, Allen suddenly found form - compiling breaks of 79, 114 and 82 to get his nose in front.
The final frame might have dealt the biggest blow to Hawkins, however, as he lost a tight tactical battle to see yet another frame slip away - leaving him with a few hours to contemplate how he can wrest back the momentum in a match he had looked in control of.