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Judd can Trump rivals, claims commentator Hendon

Published: 26 Apr 2015

Eurosport commentator David Hendon believes Judd Trump’s heavy scoring and self-belief will enable him to triumph at the 2015 World Snooker Championship.

Trump, 25, burst onto the scene in 2005 with an extraordinary range of shots and an infectious charisma, and has since won the China Open, the UK Championship and finished runner-up at the Crucible in 2011.

The former world number one eased past Stuart Carrington in the first round and beat Marco Fu 13-8 in the second, and snooker broadcaster and journalist Hendon insists Trump has the necessary attributes to win snooker’s most illustrious tournament.

“Judd believes he can win it now, and that’s an important element of every champion,” Hendon told the Sports Gazette.

He's very grounded and committed to snooker. He can go a long way in the sport

“He’s had a very good, consistent season and his attitude has been exemplary. He has scored more heavily than anyone else and has beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan in a big final (the World Grand Prix), which should stand him in good stead should they meet in the semi-final.”

Hendon, who is the assistant editor of Inside Snooker, also hailed the performance of Anthony McGill.

The Scottish qualifier, 24, caused a huge upset in the second round by beating defending champion Mark Selby 13-9, and Hendon beleives the performance demonstrated his immense potential.

“Anthony has a very good game but also the right attitude,” he said.

“He is dedicated and doesn’t strike me as the sort of person who will let this win go to his head. Where he’s from in Scotland, they wouldn’t let him.

“He’s very grounded and committed to snooker. He can go a very long way in the sport.”

Judd Trump faces Ding Junhui in the quarter-final tomorrow, while Anthony McGill will face former champion Shaun Murphy.

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