England’s Judd Trump says his experience saved him on Wednesday as he battled back from behind to beat snooker’s fastest player Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the World Championships in Sheffield.
A packed crowd cramped into the Crucible for the contest and the two players did not disappoint with both showcasing their talents.
Un-Nooh has averaged 17.11 seconds per shot this season and his exciting style saw him take an early lead. However, Trump found confidence in the fifth frame as he made a 141 break, the highest of the tournament so far.
Un-Nooh led 6-3 after the opening session but Trump never went away and eventually claimed the lead at 8-7.
The two battled it out to force a decider and a crucial error from the rising Thai star allowed Trump to win.
He has already enjoyed his best season on tour after winning a second Triple Crown, while also lifting the Northern Ireland Open and the World Grand Prix.
When asked about his performance, he told World Snooker: “I was making him work for his chances, his long potting was a lot better and he was scoring a lot heavier. I was relieved to get a half chance in the last frame after he had split the balls open.
“Thepchaiya was one of the names that everyone wanted to avoid. I think he’s one of the best players and he’s still probably improving. He has a scary style to play against. He goes for everything and puts you under a lot of pressure. I’m very relieved, to come back from 6-3 down is a great win for me.
“You just don’t want to go out in the first round here. I think the top 16 put a bit of extra pressure on themselves and in the end it was probably my experience which got me over the line today.”
Trump will now take on Ding Junhui in the next round and he is 1.36 to win, while Ding is 3.10 to advance.