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Trump tons blow Fu away

ESPN staff
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Judd Trump made three centuries to start superbly against Marco Fu © PA Photos
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Judd Trump turned on the style at the Crucible to open up a healthy 6-2 lead over Marco Fu in the second round of the World Snooker Championship.

The finalist from 2011 easily beat Dominic Dale in the previous round, and once again he was at his devastating best as he proved too hot for Fu to handle in the first of three sessions in their last-16 encounter.

Trump trailed when Fu pinched the opening frame, but was quickly back on level terms. Then, he made his first century of the match as a 109 put him 2-1 in front.

Fu, who fended off the challenge of two-time runner-up Matthew Stevens in round one, stuck with Trump and went into the midsession interval at 2-2.

However, Trump ran away with the contest when they resumed by knocking in a 127, a 112 and a 73 to leave Fu helpless in his seat at the end of the session.

Shaun Murphy came through an almighty battle against Graeme Dott to reach the quarter-finals, with the 2005 world champion toppling the Scot 13-11.

Murphy was in control after winning six of the first eight frames on Thursday, but Dott hit back superbly to leave the score poised at 8-8 coming into the final session. However, it was Murphy who secured the victory to halt the Dott fight back.

World No. 1 Mark Selby leads Barry Hawkins 9-7 following a tough second session.

The Masters and UK champion was 5-3 up from the morning, and saw his advantage wiped out when Hawkins won the first two frames of the evening.

Selby then moved 9-6 in front after Hawkins levelled at six-each, but it was Hawkins who kept in touch by winning the final frame of the night to only trail by two frames heading into the concluding session.

Michael White, the player who stunned fellow Welshman and two-time world champion Mark Williams in the previous round, ended the run of Stephen Maguire's conqueror Dechawat Poomjaeng 13-3 to also reach the quarter-finals.

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