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English Open : fantastic shot by Trump

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ByJames Gray
16/10/2019 at 18:01 | Updated 17/10/2019 at 08:43

Judd Trump expended the minimum energy required as he beat Daniel Wells 4-0 in the second round of the English Open.

An opening break of 45 came to an end when he caught a red to the right corner too thick, but Wells could not capitalise and when a safety battle ensued with only the colours remaining, Trump did not have wait long to take the first frame.

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There was a rarity in the second frame as Trump forced a free ball out of Wells before a single ball had been potted, giving him the chance to chalk up the lesser-spotted 16-red clearance, only for him to miss a black off the spot. The frame itself though was already safe.

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A 19th century of the season and Trump was soon into the third round where he will face either Lee Walker or Robbie Williams.

The world champion and world No 1 made it through in under an hour but still seemed unhappy with his overall level.

"I struggled to feel particularly great out there," Trump said.

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"The first few rounds are always a bit scrappy.

"There's some times you go out and you feel good. I made a couple of breaks but I didn't feel particularly good.

"My cueball was a bit all over the shop and I put a new tip on last week and I'm not quite settled with it yet."

Murphy into third round

Shaun Murphy was by no means perfect but found a way past Thailand's Akani Songsermsawad, winning four frames to one.

Murphy is perhaps the form player this season after reaching the final of the International Championship and winning the China Championship with a 10-9 victory over Mark Williams.

Akani had beaten Martin Gould in the first round despite giving up a 3-1 lead but looked overawed by taking on world No 8 Murphy, who racked up his 500th career century with a break of 133 that gave him a two-frame lead and full control of the match.

"I'm playing good snooker and the slippery slope when you start playing well is that you want to go out and play a certain way," Murphy said.

"You start thinking 'I want to win but I want to win pretty'.

"You don't get anything extra for making four centuries, but you expect to play well. It's good to have positive expectations but it can become that slippery slope."

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