World Championship 2019: Judd Trump beats Higgins in finals

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Judd Trump, Snooker World Champion

Judd Trump demolished former world champion John Higgins 18-9 to claim his first World Championship title in one of the most breathtaking performance at the Crucible finals.

In a classic contest, both players shared a record 11 centuries and brought up the 100th ton of the tournament.

Judd Trump took total control of the match at 12-5 after the first day in Sheffield, helped by a run of winning eight straight frames.

With both players missing chances of maximum breaks as Trump went 16-9 up, a lead he did not relinquish up to the final session.

Trump collects £500,000 (equivalent of N235.8 million Naira) in prize money, making him the first player in snooker history to amass more than £1m in a single season.

The 29 years old Judd Trump has long been touted as a world champion, previously regarded as one of the best players never to win in Sheffield, but now he has finally fulfilled his potential and moves up to second in the world rankings.

“It is incredible achievement for me from where I was,” Trump, 29, said in an interview with BBC Sport.

“I have worked so hard for this. For the people around me this is so special. It was an amazing final, the standard was so high from the very first ball.

“That is probably the best I have ever played in a major final.”

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