Judd Trump ended Hossein Vafaei’s fairytale week at the Betfred World Snooker Championship as he recorded a 10-4 victory to advance to the second round at the Crucible (Trump 5/1 to win World Championship – outright).
Vafaei made history this week, becoming the first Iranian player to compete at the Crucible, but he was eliminated in the first round by former champion Trump.
The 32-year-old left-hander did not play anywhere near his best, but he was able to pile the pressure on Vafaei, who crumbled under the spotlight.
Trump’s reward is a second-round clash with Scotland’s Anthony McGill and he says he is not too worried by his form in his opening match.
He told World Snooker: “I wasn’t at my brilliant best, but there was a lot of good long potting, and I gave myself a lot of chances which I took. It’s just about improving as the tournament goes on.
“It’s going to be tough against Anthony. He always plays his best snooker at the World Championship.
“The games he’s had in this tournament, the atmospheres he’s experienced – he’s someone who struggles to get up for the other tournaments because of that.
“He feels at home in this event and has a lot of self-belief. He’s a good test to have at this stage.”
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Elsewhere on Thursday, Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham battled past Belgium’s Luca Brecel to win 10-5.
He missed the birth of his first child to win at the World Championship and he will now take on John Higgins in round two.
On Friday, Mark Williams will return to the table as he faces fellow Welshman Jackson Page, having opened up a 7-1 lead.
Ronnie O’Sullivan leads Mark Allen 2-1, while in the afternoon session, Zhao Xintong will hope to come from 3-5 down against Scotland’s Stephen Maguire (Zhao 5/6, Maguire Evens – match result).
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