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Stuart Bingham v Judd Trump: Welsh Open 2017 Final preview - Star duo vie for Home Nation Series glory

Jamie Shaw 19 Feb 2017
Trump lines up a shot against Bingham during their 2015 Crucible Semi-Final (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

World number two Stuart Bingham and world number four Judd Trump will battle to become the latest new name on the Welsh Open trophy when they face off in the final in Cardiff on Sunday.

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Despite a plethora of upsets in the 128-man event, the cream has risen to the top as two of the sport's box office names go head-to-head in what promises to be a fitting finale.

Bingham has enjoyed a superb season so far and finds himself in his third televised final of the campaign, following on from the 2016 Six Reds and 2016 China Championship.

The 40-year-old, however, has not gone the distance in a ranking tournament since his famous triumph at The Crucible in 2015 and will be determined to return to the winner's circle and get his hands on the new Ray Reardon Trophy.

His route to the final has included 4-2 wins over Matthew Stevens and Rory McLeod, before following up 4-0 whitewashes of Ian Burns and Robbie Williams with a 5-3 defeat of Stuart Carrington in the last eight.

Second seed Bingham in action (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
He then produced a dominant display to whitewash Robert Milkins 6-0 on Saturday night and will be keen to pick up from where he left off in that one-sided contest.

Trump is appearing in his third ranking final of the campaign, having won last year's European Masters and finished runner-up in the English Open.

The world number five cruised through his opening four matches this week, brushing aside Andrew Higginson, Alex Borg, 15-year-old Jackson Page and Iran's Hossein Vafaei for the loss of just four frames.

The left-hander then edged through a breath-taking Quarter-Final clash with Barry Hawkins in a last-frame decider, before ending the dream run of world number 77 Scott Donaldson on Saturday.

Victory would hand Trump his seventh career ranking title and underline him as one of the greats of the modern game.

There is nothing to choose between the pair in terms of overall head-to-heads, with both having claimed five wins apiece from their ten previous meetings in total.

Bingham notably edged a pulsating World Championship Semi-Final 17-16 on his way to glory two years ago, while 'The Ace in the Pack' was a 6-3 winner in their 2015 Shanghai Masters Semi-Final.

Their latest show-down gets underway from 1pm GMT, resuming to a finish from 7pm and will be contested over the best of 17 frames at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.


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Stuart Bingham v Judd Trump: Welsh Open 2017 Final preview - Star duo vie for Home Nation Series glory

World number two Stuart Bingham and world number four Judd Trump will battle to become the latest new name on the Welsh Open trophy when they face off in the final in Cardiff on Sunday.

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