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Judd Trump insists he's getting back to his best

Updated: Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 07:36 | Comments

Judd Trump eased to victory over Jamie Burnett
Judd Trump eased to victory over Jamie Burnett

Judd Trump felt he was getting back to his best form after booking his place in the third round of the Welsh Open on Monday night.

The former UK Championship winner has suffered a torrid season so far, including three first-round exits, but reached the final of the German Masters in his last ranking tournament and had little trouble overcoming Jamie Burnett 4-1 in Newport.

Trump won the opening two frames but Burnett fought back to take the third before Trump took advantage of a mistake in the next and closed out victory.

"I am still getting a bit of bad run. He could have pinched the first frame with a fluke when I was in control and it would have followed the pattern of my year," Trump told www.worldsnooker.com.

"But I potted a good pink to win it and then felt in control. I felt good and confident out there. I am getting to somewhere near my best.

"You have to stay positive, which I am doing now. I was over-analysing during the first part of the season. It is hard work to get to the last 32 - you just want to get into the latter rounds.

"Thinking back to my first match last week, if I play like that then I will probably get to the final but obviously if I play Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals it will be tough."

Three-time winner John Higgins is also through to the last 32 after hammering Ken Doherty 4-0, while world number two Mark Selby claimed a 4-1 win over Dave Harold.

Selby took the opener but Harold hit back before the Leicester potter pulled away and he will next face Dominic Dale, who was a 4-1 winner over Dechawat Poomjaeng.

Reigning champion Stephen Maguire had to fight back from 3-1 down to beat Sam Baird 4-3 and he will now take on Andrew Pagett, who overcame Gerard Greene by the same score.

Home favourite Matthew Stevens was a 4-2 winner over Ian Burns, while Northern Ireland's Mark Allen won 4-2 against Noppon Saengham and Marco Fu prevailed 4-1 against Kurt Maflin.

There were also victories on Monday for James Wattana, Joel Walker, Andrew Higginson, Scott Donaldson, Joe Perry, Michael Holt and Xiao Guodong.

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