Judd Trump admitted that there was little he could do against an ‘unplayable’ Kyren Wilson in the final of the Championship League on Friday night.
The Warrior downed the world number one 3-1 in Milton Keynes, with Trump making a break of 118 in the only frame he won.
Wilson didn’t produce the same spectacular scoring, but controlled the match and finished it off with an 88 to get his hands on the trophy and finish the epic tournament with £33,000 as the champion.
Trump had won his last 10 ranking finals, but was gracious in defeat as that amazing run came to an end, as he was full of praise for the champ.
‘I didn’t play a bad shot in the final, I genuinely mean that,’ said Trump. ‘He potted a couple of brilliant balls to start his breaks, made a good plant and was unplayable in the final. You can’t do anything against that.
‘It has been a good start to the season and it is nice to be involved in finals. This tournament I haven’t been at my best but I managed to scrape through and it took a brilliant performance to beat me. As long as I keep forcing the opponent to play their best, I am happy with that.’
Earlier on the final day John Higgins made the 11th maximum break of his professional career, rolling in a 147 against Wilson in the final group stage.
‘It was quite a good one, there were a couple of shots in there that I didn’t deserve to pot them but I managed to nick them in,’ said Higgins. ‘It’s always great to do one, it’s always a good feeling.
‘I fell a bit short on the pink and I turned to Kyren, because he’s the best I’ve ever seen with the rest and said, “I wish you could play this for me.”‘
Wilson’s victory also means that there is no new champion ahead of next week’s Champion of Champions event, so Dave Gilbert takes the final place in the event due to the world rankings.
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