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Ronnie O’Sullivan struggled with UK Championship conditions, says Judd Trump


Judd Trump feels the conditions are not helpful for break-building at the UK Championship (Picture: Getty Images)

Judd Trump feels the conditions at the UK Championship have proved to be a struggle for the top players and cost Ronnie O’Sullivan in his shock exit from the tournament on Sunday.

The world number one has been reasonably untroubled on his path to the last 16 so far, seeing off Paul Davison, Dominic Dale and Liang Wenbo to set up a clash with either Mark Williams or Ricky Walden.

The Rocket has not made it that far, though, after losing 6-5 to Alexander Ursenbacher in the last 64 on Sunday afternoon.

The world champion was a long way from his best against the Swiss and paid the price as he was pipped in a deciding frame.

Trump feels that conditions were against O’Sullivan, though, when asked if we were likely to see a 147 break over the rest of the tournament, the Bristolian said it will not be happening on the TV table.

‘Not on that table, I’d be surprised,’ Trump told Eurosport after beating Liang. ‘Maybe on one of the other tables or when the table gets re-clothed.

‘I think it showed in the Ronnie game yesterday, he struggled with it and we both struggled today.

‘I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s a bit cold, a bit damp out there, the balls are going horrible and it’s tough.’

Trump himself wasn’t at the peak of his powers either, making three half-centuries but no tons against Liang.

‘It was a struggle, I watched some of the snooker on the TV, the table’s very heavy and slow,’ he said.

‘It kind of dictates how the frames go, the balls are going scrappy and it’s not until there’s a couple of reds left that you’re able to do anything.

‘I managed to pot the odd ball here and there. It was scrappy, I was just managing to play the better safety and take my chances more.’

Ronnie O’Sullivan struggled at the UK Championship on Sunday (Picture: VCG via Getty Images)

O’Sullivan did not really mention conditions after losing to Ursenbacher, simply saying he didn’t play well and the world number 66 did.

‘I am not going to make excuses – the guy played well and good luck to the fella. Hopefully he can go on and win a few more matches,’ said the Rocket.

‘I wasn’t that frustrated, I just could not pot any balls. I felt embarrassed and could not put anything together.’


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