05292017

Trump one frame from defeat against 1000-1 outsider McLeod

Judd Trump

Judd Trump is yet to win the World Championship

Tournament favourite Judd Trump is just a frame away from a stunning first-round World Championship defeat against world number 54 Rory McLeod.

McLeod, a 46-year-old 1000-1 outsider, led 9-7 when the match had to be stopped prior to the afternoon session.

Trump resumed 5-4 behind on Wednesday after surrendering a 4-0 lead and seemed hindered by a shoulder problem.

The 27-year-old missed a series of simple chances, but managed to fight back to 6-6, before McLeod pulled away.

The pair will play to a finish after the first of the two evening matches finishes.

Trump trauma

Trump, the 2011 runner-up, has reached five major finals this season and was full of confidence about his chances of claiming a first Crucible title in the build-up to snooker’s showpiece occasion.

But McLeod’s astute matchplay and meticulous approach seemed to disrupt the Bristolian, who was uncharacteristically wayward with his long potting and sloppy with his break building when he did get in the balls.

McLeod – the oldest man still in the draw – now needs just a single frame from the next three to pull off a colossal shock.

In the morning’s other match, China’s Xiao Guodong has a 6-3 advantage over Ryan Day, the only Welshman in this year’s tournament.

The afternoon session sees two-time Crucible finalist Ali Carter resume in trouble against qualifier Graeme Dott. Carter trails the 2006 world champion 6-3.

Neil Robertson, the 2010 champion, starts his tournament against Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham.

Day and Guodong play to a finish tonight, while there’s an all-English encounter between 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins and Leicester’s Tom Ford.

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