Quick Bit: Former winner Judd Trump meets maiden ranking event finalist Zhang Anda in the final of the 2023 English Open snooker at the Brentwood Centre.
Triple Crown winner Judd Trump is set to play maiden ranking event finalist Zhang Anda in the final of the 2023 English Open snooker — the first Home Nations Series event of the campaign.
The fourth ranking tournament of the season, the winner of the best-of-17 frames encounter in Brentwood on Sunday will lift The Steve Davis Trophy and pocket a cool £80,000 payday.
Trump’s route to a 39th career ranking final has been a mixed bag. Alongside comfortable wins, the Englishman survived a deciding frame finish against Jimmy Robertson in the last 32 and staged a brilliant comeback in the semifinals where he recovered from 5-2 down to deny four-time world champion John Higgins 6-5.
His third English Open final appearance, 2020 champion Trump is aiming to become only the second multiple-time winner of the title.
Despite winning the prestigious invitational Masters earlier in the year, 23-time ranking event winner Trump has not claimed a ranker since the 2022 Turkish Masters — over 18 months ago.
Zhang is enjoying the snooker week of his life as he prepares for his first ranking final.
Nicknamed ‘Mighty Mouse’, Zhang is in his 13th season as a professional, but prior to this week in Essex he had never been inside the world’s top 50 nor reached a ranking event semifinal.
The 31-year-old eliminated seven-times world champion and world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan 4-2 in the last 16 en route to the biggest day of his career, so far.
The Sporting News will bring you live frame-by-frame updates throughout the two-sessions (start times 1300 and 1900 BST).
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English Open snooker final 2023 frame-by-frame updates
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12 p.m.: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the English Open snooker final 2023. Judd Trump is the big favourite heading into this one but anyone who beats Ronnie O’Sullivan en route to a final appearance is not to be overlooked!
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