2016 English Open Judd Trump and Liang Wenbo through to the English Open Final

Judd Trump and Liang Wenbo through to the English Open Final

Judd Trump and Liang Wenbo through to the English Open Final

Judd Trump is through to his second consecutive final after booking his place in to the final of the inaugural Coral English Open with a 6-2 win over Barry Hawkins.

Hawkins took the opening frame of the match with a break of 64, but it was one-way traffic after with Trump taking advantage of unforced errors by his opponent to take the opening session 3-1.

Hawkins took the first frame of the second session with a break of 114 and looked likely to level the match in the next until a miss let Trump in to extend his lead to 4-2. Hawkins made a clearance in the 7th to level the frame and force a re-spotted black ball. Hawkins put Trump back in to play first and looked to have a great opportunity to pot the black after a poor opening safety, but he missed. After several safety shots it was Hawkins that double-kissed the black to set up an easy pot on the black for a 5-2 score-line.

Hawkins was first in the 8th frame where he registered a break of 48 before missing a black off the spot, which let his opponent back in to the frame. The final frame went down to the back-ball with Trump prevailing 6-2.

It was a flattering score-line. He played some good stuff and put me under a lot of pressure. It was just a couple of clearances that changed the game. He missed a couple of blacks off the spot which could have changed things. I think consistency is key at the moment. I have't really had a bad game. Even though I'm not playing brilliantly this week. This week is about consistency and not missing anything easy.

Judd Trump
Liang Wenbo

The other semi-final saw Liang Wenbo defeat Stuart Bingham 6-5 in a high scoring match. The pair shared the opening session 2-2. The second session saw Bingham extend in to a 4-2 lead with breaks of 95 and 89. Wenbo levelled the match again with breaks of 74 and 134 before Bingham once again moved in to the lead 5-4.

Wenbo levelled the match to force a final frame decider with a break of 138. Wenbo was first to strike in the final frame with a break of 53 until he missed a relatively easy red to the middle. After a short safety battle it was Wenbo who had the first opportunity which he took to register a break of 61 to book his place in the final against Trump.

We both played very well. I really enjoyed it and I have to keep going and get ready for the final. I have a chance tomorrow, I'm going to try and get some good practice in beforehand and keep calm during the match.

Liang Wenbo

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