World News – GB – Judd Trump and Neil Robertson fight to make history in England final


The English Open is set to have a sensational climax on Sunday as Judd Trump and Neil Robertson play in a final that could hardly be better

It was a fantastic event, with superb roster in the semifinals as Robertson edged Mark Selby 6-5 and Trump beat John Higgins 6-4 to put on a searing final

£ 70,000 is up for grabs for the winner of over 17 executives at Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, but there’s a lot more at stake than money

Robertson and Trump are two of four people to have won two local nation events, meaning the winner will be the first player to win three of the prestigious titles

With Robertson winning both the Welsh and Scottish Open titles, he may become the first player to win three different Home Nations trophies and not complete the set

Trump had already made more national finals than any other player, bringing his tally to five this week, so he extended his own record with another great run

In terms of overall titles, Robertson is in 18 and Trump just one behind in 17, so the world number one can go on par with the Australian and Selby if he wins the title on Sunday night

If Robertson can get the upper hand over Trump, he will only be the sixth player to reach 19 league titles and fall within three of Mark Williams who is ahead of him on the all-time roster

The Thunder from Down Under are also looking to extend their unreal record of winning at least one professional tournament per season since 2006, which they will surely do at some point in this campaign, but could pull it out very soon.

Whatever happens on Sunday, Trump will retain his spot as world number one and Robertson will not be able to improve his current ranking of number three

After beating Higgins in the semi-finals, Trump said: ‘I felt like a million bucks there, I was very relaxed and enjoyed I’m very happy to have had a good start to the season without playing my best

« Sometimes my B or C game is enough to compete, and that’s something Mark Selby has done over the years. It gives me extreme confidence knowing that under the cosh I can dig and deliver under pressure

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« I love playing Neil, he’s in good shape and he wins tournaments every year. It should be a big final »

The Juddernaut certainly enjoys the ranking finals, winning his last nine on the spin, and he feels Robertson won’t be able to handle it if he plays his best snooker

“In my eyes there are two people who could beat me at my best,” he told Eurosport. “And that’s Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins

« I love John but I hope he doesn’t play better than that! » Honestly I think so – I played them both, I played John and I played amazingly before and always lost in the decision makers

« I played Ronnie and played well and lost, and against all the other players I normally win comfortably These two for me, at their best, are leagues above everyone else »

Considering the quality of both players, it’s hard to imagine it wasn’t a grand final

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