Trump the escape artist

For the second year in a row Judd Trump has escaped a first round exit by the skin of his teeth.

Last year is was Chris Wakelin who should of knocked him out and this year Thepchaiya un-nooh definitely should of. Thepchaiya missed a number of guilt edged chances and will rue this great opportunity to make his mark on snooker’s biggest stage, As for Judd he will need to be notably sharper in the last 16 if he is too progress into the latter stages of the tournament as you feel he has just used his get out of jail card.

Zhou Yuelong fought off a strong comeback from Mark Allen to book his place in the last 16 of the world championships with a 10-7 victory. Yuelond who built a commanding 7-2 lead in the first session kept his cool to clear up under immense pressure when it looked like it was going to be 9-8.

Barry Hawkins ran riot against Li hang as he powered to a 10-1 victory. Hawkins who has a wonderful recent Crucible record will be a very hard man to beat and has the complete match game that is suited by this longer format.

Today’s results 

Barry Hawkins 10-1 Li Hang

Judd Trump 10-9 Thepchaiya un-nooh 

Zhou Yuelong 10-7 Mark Allen

Kyren Wilson 6-2 Scott Donaldson 

Jack Lisowski 3-5 Ali Carter