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Judd Trump makes winning start to World Open title defence

Judd Trump began his World Open campaign with a 5-2 victory over Rory Thor, but world number three Mark Allen crashed out.

Trump won the tournament last time it was held in 2019 and will hope to defend that title following its return to the tour after a four-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He made an impressive start in Yushan, compiling a 130 and 108 to ease past Thor and set up a meeting with Sanderson Lam.

World champion Luca Brecel made light work of Manasawin Phetmalaikul in a 5-1 victory.

The Belgian posted breaks of 131, 100 and 94 to book his place in the last 32.

Shaun Murphy showcased his battling qualities as he edged a tight encounter with Xu Si to make the last 16.

Successive breaks of 87 and 85 had seen the Chinese level at 3-3 in the first-to-five contest but Murphy held his nerve to win the final two scrappy frames.

Ali Carter produced breaks of 114 and 135 as he got past Louis Heathcote 5-3 while Mark Selby was given a walkover as Adam Duffy withdrew.

However, world number three Mark Allen crashed out to 5-3 to Welshman Daniel Wells.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is in action on Tuesday as he faces Michael White.

 

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