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Trump thrashes Ebdon to become world No. 1

ESPN staff
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Judd Trump handed down a 9-1 thrashing to Peter Ebdon in the semi-finals of the International Championship, a win that guarantees his rise to world No. 1.

Trump is one of the brightest talents in world snooker and he has turned that potential into results in the past 12 months. And his reward is to overhaul Mark Selby and take over at the top of the sport.

It was a match expected to tantalise, after Trump said the previous day that Ebdon 'did his head in' due to his style of play. Ebdon's hopes of countering on the table were sniffed out as Trump raced through the match.

There was just one bright spot from Ebdon, a 106 break in the fourth frame, as Trump left him sat in his seat for long swathes of the match.

"It's a proud moment to get to No. 1," Trump said. "It has been a long road to get there.

"Peter didn't play his natural game. At the start of the match he was trying to put me off and put me out of my rhythm.

"I told myself before the match to stay patient and wait for my chances. In the end he bogged himself down for the first couple of frames. Then he made a century in reasonable time.

"When he plays his normal game instead of trying to slow people down he's a better player.

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