UK Snooker Championship 2020: Judd Trump reaches last 16

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Judd Trump
Trump won the UK Championship in 2011
Betway UK Championship
Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes Dates: 23 November to 6 December
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app from Saturday, 28 November.

World number one Judd Trump made light work of China's Liang Wenbo in a 6-1 victory to reach the last 16 of the UK Championship in Milton Keynes.

Trump was not at his fluent best until the match-clinching frame when he was on for the third maximum 147 of this year's event but broke down on 89.

He faces Wales' Mark Williams or fellow Englishman Ricky Walden next.

Australia's Neil Robertson defeated China's Li Hang 6-2 but Stuart Bingham was stunned 6-2 by Graeme Dott.

Bingham's loss means the current Masters champion, world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and defending UK champion Ding Junhui have all suffered early exits from the tournament.

Scotland's John Higgins, a three-time winner of the event, saw off Welshman Jak Jones 6-2, while Barry Hawkins also progressed with a 6-3 win over Robert Milkins.

Trump 'disappointed' not to make 147

Bristol potter Trump, 31, has been the form player this season, winning two ranking titles and beaten finalist in another, continuing the superb performances that allowed him to claim a record six ranking titles last term.

Trump was beaten by Liang at this stage of the competition five years ago in a collapse which he described as "embarrassing", but there was no repeat on this occasion.

"It was a bit of a struggle at times but the main thing is to get through and go again for the next game," said Trump, who won the UK title for the only time in 2011.

"It is nice to keep winning even when you are not at your best. It is nice to not play too great and get through.

"I am due a run [in the event]. The standard is so high and I keep winning the tournaments before so it is difficult to keep your form up."

Trump missed the 12th black when on for a 147, which would have been the third in this tournament after maximums from Bingham and Kyren Wilson.

"I am disappointed not to make it but I took my eye off the black," Trump said. "I was feeling good up until that point and it was careless.

"It is not about the money, it would have been special to make the 147 on a big event on the BBC."

Trump's 'attitude' impresses - analysis

Six-time world champion Steve Davis on BBC Two:

"Trump's attitude in the game has been great recently. I am a big fan of how he has produced a different standard and changed his style but still kept the good stuff he can play.

"It is all about his attitude. It would be easy to say 'I am due a bad game, I am worn out' and come out with excuses but he is applying himself very well at the moment."

1997 world champion Ken Doherty:

"If you are playing well, the matches cannot come quick enough. You have to keep that roll going and you have to reinvent ways of keeping that hunger. Trump seems to have done that very well.

"He is still producing some great snooker but he is disappointed at missing out on a 147 and he had a good chance to do it.

"The match looks one sided on paper but Liang let slip a couple of frames and it could have been much closer."

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