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Trump edges past Hawkins in Cheltenham
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In-form Judd Trump has made it through to the final of the World Grand Prix after edging past Barry Hawkins 6-5 in the last four on Saturday.

It was a meeting of two former champions in Cheltenham, with Trump having won the inaugural event back in 2015, while Hawkins emerged victorious two years later.

The Hawk quickly took the initiative during the early exchanges, as he raced into a 2-0 lead, but Trump took the next two to make sure they went into the mid-session interval all-square.

The two Englishmen then shared the next six frames, which meant it went to a decider and it was Trump that ultimately prevailed with a break of 95 to reach his third final of the season following on from his victories at the Northern Ireland Open and last month’s Masters.

The Juddernaut admitted after the win that it is always extra sweet to emerge through a contest by winning a deciding frame.

He told world snooker: “It is always nice to win any sort of deciding frame. Especially in a tournament as big as this. I think it was just pure relief having been behind the whole match.

“I didn’t start well. The first four frames were very bad. I managed to just dig in and when I got my chance in the final frame I took it.”

The 29-year-old will now take on Ali Carter in Sunday’s final, with the Captain having booked his place in the showpiece with a 6-0 whitewash of Xiao Guodong on Friday.

Trump is priced at 1.30 to claim what would be the 10th ranking event title of his career, while Carter is available at 3.40.

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