Judd Trump

Snooker World Championship Preview: Judd Hopes To Come Up Trumps

A look at Judd Trump’s chances of becoming world champion for the first time.  

Judd Trump feels it is “my time to step up to the plate” and he is the 7/2 joint favourite to land a first World Championship title.

The flamboyant left-hander reached the Crucible final in 2011 but the 27-year-old has been frustrated since, twice reaching semi-finals but going no further.

Now Trump feels equipped to go all the way in Sheffield and cap the most successful season of his career with the trophy he wants more than any other.

He has already landed the European Masters and Players Championship in this campaign but there is room for more silverware at home.

The former UK champion, 3/4 to advance to at least the semi-finals, said: “A lot of the other players talk down their chances but I believe there's only three or four people who have got a good chance of winning it.

“You've got to dig in like Mark Selby does to win this tournament.

“Now I'm ready for it, my mindset is there and it's about being as mentally tough off the table as you are on the table.

“I've always had the talent but maybe haven't worked quite hard enough and combining those factors this year I've probably been achieving the results I should have been having the last five years.”

Bristolian Trump, who played to the gallery on his 2011 run with his talk of “naughty snooker”, will tackle Rory McLeod in the first round and the 46-year-old Northamptonshire cueman is unlikely to pose him significant early trouble.

Trump is 1/20 to avoid any drama and odds of 9/2 are available for either a 10-3 or 10-4 success with 37/20 available for under 13.5 frames.

Trump sees the draw as ripe for the picking off, in the 40th anniversary year of the Crucible playing host to snooker's biggest tournament.

“Mark Selby here is especially tough to beat but there's no one else particularly to fear,” the world number two added.

“This time I'd be very disappointed to bow out early on this year with the preparation I've made, the consistency I've shown and the results stands me in good stead.”

Also on Tuesday, 2006 champion Graeme Dott (19/10) takes on two-time runner-up Ali Carter (21/50) while Liang Wenbo (9/25) begins his match with Stuart Carrington (11/5).