Bristol's Judd Trump is snooker's new world No 1

Last Updated: 02/11/12 3:19pm

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Judd Trump: Snooker's new world No.1

Judd Trump: Snooker's new world No.1

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Judd Trump has taken over the world No.1 spot after booking his place in the final of the International Championship in China.

The 23-year-old from Bristol became the 10th player to earn snooker's top spot with a crushing 9-1 victory over fellow-Englishman Peter Ebdon.

Although Ebdon posted the only century break of the match in frame four - a 106 - he was powerless to prevent Trump from winning the final six.

Ebdon, the 2002 world champion, did not help his own cause by making numerous mistakes.

Trump, the reigning UK champion, replaces Mark Selby at the top of the ranking - the latter was knocked out by Ricky Walden in round two.

Trump will face either Shaun Murphy or Neil Robertson in Sunday's final, with £125,000 going to the eventual champion.

Since the sport introduced a ranking system in 1975, the other eight players to hold the No 1 spot are Ray Reardon, Cliff Thorburn, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Robertson.

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