Judd Trump became the first winner of the International Championship, beating Neil Robertson 10-8 in yesterday’s final in Chengdu. The 22-year-old Bristolian became world No 1 with his semi-final hammering of Peter Ebdon and yesterday added the £125,000 first prize.
A tight match seemed to have swung Robertson’s way when he led 8-6, but his rival left-hander found another gear, breaks of 96 and 119 helping him turn the contest around. The first four frames were split before Robertson returned from the first interval to open up a 4-2 lead, with breaks of 51 and 41 in frame four. Trump levelled but Robertson took the last of the afternoon session with a 50 break to lead 5-4.
The evening began with a re-rack and then a cagey start to frame ten, but Trump took it with a run of 57 to level the match once more. He nudged ahead but Robertson responded with breaks of 68 and 88, and a 73 after the interval took the Australian 8-6 ahead.
Trump looked to be in trouble when he hammered the black off the table having gone 22 ahead in the vital 15th frame, but responded to close to within one. And the world No 1 proved his mettle, going close to a century in the next and then making 119 to go ahead at the perfect time with just one frame needed for the title, which he took to seal his third ranking title.