Snooker: Trump that, says Judd

England's Judd Trump (left) and Australia's Neil Robertson during their first round match during the Betfred.com World Snooker Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 16, 2011. See PA Story: SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.
England's Judd Trump (left) and Australia's Neil Robertson during their first round match during the Betfred.com World Snooker Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 16, 2011. See PA Story: SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.
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A new star was born here at the Crucible on Saturday night - and he’s not settling for anything less than winning this year’s first prize.

A new star was born here at the Crucible on Saturday night - and he’s not settling for anything less than winning this year’s first prize.

Former Sheffield potter Judd Trump is the talk of the tournament after he sent defending champion Neil Robertson spinning out with a special win.

Of course there’s still a very long way to go if the 21-year-old is to realise his dream of becoming this year’s new Betfred.com world champion, but there’s no doubt he’s created the spark for what promises to be another mouth-watering 17-day marathon.

Trump showed maturity beyond his young years to clinch a famous 10-8 victory over Aussie ace Robertson on Saturday as the famous “Crucible Curse” struck again.

No first-time Crucible champion has ever returned to successfully retain the crown - and world No 2 Robertson was no exception.

“I’ve come into this tournament with high expectations, there’s no reason why I can’t go all the way,” said Trump.

You can tell he’s a confident young man, but who can blame him after arguably one of the biggest wins of his career. It would have been his biggest win had he not won the China Open in Beijing earlier this month.

“I feel I’ve got everything to lose because I’m on a high at the moment and I don’t want that to end,” added the world No 14.

“I need to keep winning as often as possible and make it a habit.”

Habit or no habit, Trump is likely to take some stopping this season.

And, if he can continue riding on his wave of success, then there is every chance he could do what Shaun Murphy, the former Rotherham cueman did in 2005 when he potted his way all the way to the title.

Murphy was a 125-1 outside to win the Crucible crown when he surprised everyone but himself six years ago.

Trump was rated at 40-1 to win the tournament before the tournament and 80-1 prior to winning the China Open.

But his odds were immediately slashed to 14-1 as an outright winner after he inflicted the first upset of snooker’s grandest green baize event.

It’s going to be really interesting to see if he can go all the way.

Watch this space!