Welsh Open 2017: Judd Trump beats Barry Hawkins in final frame to reach semi-final

Judd Trump
Judd Trump cleared the colours to win the final frame

World number four Judd Trump edged into the Welsh Open semi-finals after Barry Hawkins missed match-ball in the deciding frame in Cardiff on Friday.

Trump beat his fellow Englishman 5-4 and goes on to face Scotland's 77th-ranked Scott Donaldson, who beat Zhou Yuelong of China 5-0.

Hawkins had fought back from 3-1 down to lead 4-3, before Trump clinched the last two frames for victory.

Stuart Bingham will face Robert Milkins in Saturday's other semi-final.

World number two Bingham was 4-0 up on fellow Englishman Stuart Carrington in their quarter-final before the latter won three consecutive frames.

However, Bingham recovered to clinch the match 5-3 and will play Milkins on Saturday evening after the world number 32 saw off Kurt Maflin 5-2.

'I'm still in shock'

Hawkins, leading by 24 points in the deciding frame, missed match-ball yellow against Trump that would have secured a semi-final spot.

Trump continues the hunt for his first Welsh Open crown and second ranking title of the season, having won the European Masters in October.

"I am still in a bit of shock because I thought it was all over when I left him the yellow," he said. "He seemed to hit it well, but somehow it stayed out.

"Sometimes you play well and lose and today I didn't play very well and managed to get through. There is a lot of skill in snooker, but you need a bit of luck."

'I played my game and luckily I won'

Scott Donaldson
Scott Donaldson made the last 16 of the Welsh Open in 2014

Donaldson, 22, who will play Trump in Saturday afternoon's semi-final, had never previously been beyond the last 16 of a ranking event.

He is already guaranteed £20,000 - the biggest pay day of his career.

"I have been playing a lot of TV matches recently and I think that helped me," said the Scot, who turned pro in 2012.

"I have been pleased for about a year now with my game, I can't pinpoint why, maybe it's confidence.

"I will go back to the hotel and calm myself down and get ready for the next match."

Sign up to My Sport to follow snooker news and reports on the BBC app.

Top Stories