Judd Trump sets himself monstrous Champion of Champions target

Judd Trump fancies winning every single Champion of Champions qualifying event over the next year, as he moves one step closer to Championship League success.

The world number one booked himself a place in Friday’s Stage Three groups after a superb performance in a must-win game against Barry Hawkins.

Trump had to beat the Hawk in the final match of their group, while a draw would have been enough for his opponent to progress.

The Bristolian did it in style, though, knocking in breaks of 124 and 110 in the first two frames, before clearing the table from behind after Barry had made a 62 in the final frame.

‘The first two frames against Barry were really, really good,’ said Trump. ‘I had a couple of chances in the last frame, was a bit unlucky when I went into the pack and played a bit of a crazy shot.

‘But I got away with it in the end when Barry missed a ball he probably should have got and I made a nice little clearance.’

Hawkins had won his first two games 3-0, while Trump had been held to a draw by Ryan Day, which piled the pressure on the world number one in the final contest of Group A.

‘I was happy with that because the way Barry started, he left me a lot of work to do in that last game,’ he said.

‘Even at 2-1 down against Ryan Day, I had to win that last frame, potted a really good ball to get in.

‘It is nice to be through that one because it was a really tough group.’

Trump now faces another group stage and potentially a final at the Championship League, before attention turns to the Champion of Champions next week.

There is still a place available next week if a non-qualified player wins the Championship League, but Trump has no intention of allowing that to happen.

The 2019 world champion has already qualified through five different routes for the event, but wants to add one more this week and make sure he ticks every single box next year.

‘It’s nice to try and qualify for the Champion of Champions as many times as possible,’ said Judd. ‘Next year I want to take every single place.’

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