JUDD Trump sent defending champion Neil Robertson crashing out of the World Championship with a 10-8 victory.
Robertson, who had seen his form disintergrate since victory in Glasgow soon found himself in trouble as the Crucible collywobbles got to work early on the Australian who was to see his name added to a list of champions who had failed to negotiate the first round of their opening defence of the title. The list that includes Steve Davis, Dennis Taylor and Graeme Dott has now claimed another champion
Resuming from 5-4 Trump was forced to sit and suffer as Robertson reeled off 3 out 4 frames to move ahead 7-6 at the mid session interval. Trump though, who deserves great credit for mainitaining his concentration and not taking unecesaary risks remained unruffled and promptly claimed the next three frames to lead 9-7.
Robertson whose game descended into a catalogue of errors committed the cardinal sin of letting Trump in with a missed red that left the Bristolian with the table at his mercy. A 53 left the Australian teetering on the brink, but Robertson was to enjoy an outrageous fluke on the red. From there he clawed his way back into the frame but a missed red on 17 saw the scores showing at 37-53. One red left on the table with the colours in emminently pottable positions.
Trump should have finished it off at that point but played the final red too thickly and left it cuttable to the centre. With a deep breath Robertson dropped the red in and cleared to the pink. Robertson nailed the pink to the corner and with a puff of the cheeks closed to 8-9.
But any thoughts of a fightback that Neil may have been entertaining were quickly snuffed out when Trump stroked in a long red and pieced together a stylish 83 to seal victory and with it a warm handshake from the vanquished champion. The reward for ousting the champion will be a match against either Marco Fu or Martin Gould.
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