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Trump seals World Open spot

Judd Trump secured a place in the World Open with a 5-0 thrashing of Hishan Kirani in qualifying on Sunday. The world number five was rarely troubled as he eased to a comfortable victory in Preston to secure a spot in the main draw.

Kirani, 26, won a two year tour card after winning the third event at the 2018 Q School but the Welshman will have to wait for what would be a second appearance in a professional tournament after finding Trump far too strong on Sunday.

Trump failed to qualify for the World Open last season and will hope his appearance in this year’s event in August can act as a springboard for further success in the coming campaign. The 28-year-old managed just one tournament victory last season, in the European Masters, but managed to make an impact in two of the Triple Crown events as he reached the semi-finals of The Masters and the last eight at the World Championship.

The World Open begins on August 6 in Yushan, China, and Trump will come up against fellow Englishman Martin O’Donnell in the first round. Trump is 11.00 to win the World Championship 2019 outright, 9.00 to claim the UK Championship title and 9.00 to win The Masters.

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