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Judd Trump v Liang Wenbo: English Open 2016 Final preview: Trump targeting successive ranking titles

Jamie Shaw 16 Oct 2016
  • Trump is eyeing a seventh ranking title and his second in seven days
  • Victory for Liang would signal his first career major silverware
  • Watch and bet on Trump vs Wenbo live at Coral TV > Snooker
Liang Wenbo of China looks on against Judd Trump (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Judd Trump aims to continue his outstanding October by securing back-to-back ranking titles at the expense of Liang Wenbo at the English Open in Manchester on Sunday.

The world number three, who edged out Ronnie O'Sullivan in a deciding frame to claim the European Masters title in Bucharest last Sunday, finds himself in the midst of a terrific 13-match unbeaten run.


 
The attacking left-hander has picked up from where he left off in Romania and now stands on the brink of becoming the first name on the Steve Davis trophy and adding to his haul of six career ranking titles.

The 27-year-old has dropped just eight frames in his six wins en route to the final at Event City, with only English Amateur Champion Jamie Bodle taking him to a last-frame decider in the Second Round.

Trump has sailed through a gruelling section of the draw by seeing off the likes of Martin Gould, Mark Williams, John Higgins and Barry Hawkins to affirm himself as the hottest property on planet snooker at present.

Trump plays a shot (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Liang, meanwhile, is appearing in only his third ranking final, following on from last December's UK Championship and the 2009 Shanghai Masters.

China's number two has already secured a return to the world's elite top 16 by virtue of his run this week, but now has his sights firmly set on landing a first career major title.

The charismatic 29-year-old has made five century breaks along the way, putting paid to the hopes of high calibre opposition including Graeme Dott, Shaun Murphy and Stuart Bingham - whom he edged out in a dramatic last-frame decider late on Saturday night.

Wenbo has the slight advantage in terms of head-to-heads in ranking competition, having won three of their previous five meetings, including a 6-4 triumph in the last 32 of the 2015 UK Championship.

It was Trump, however, who prevailed 10-8 when the pair met in the opening round of this year's World Championship at the Crucible over a similar format to their latest encounter.

The winner will become the last player standing in the hunt for the £1 million bonus on offer for winning all four of this season's Home Nation Series events.

Their latest clash gets underway from 2pm BST (resuming to a finish from 7.30pm) and will be contested over the best of 17 frames at Event City in Manchester.


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Judd Trump v Liang Wenbo: English Open 2016 Final preview: Trump targeting successive ranking titles

Judd Trump aims to continue his outstanding October by securing back-to-back ranking titles at the expense of Liang Wenbo at the English Open in Manchester on Sunday.

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