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Jump Trump storms in to last four of the UK Championship

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Former champion Judd Trump thrashed Mark Davis 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the UK Championship in York. 

The Bristolian punished his opponent, winning the first two frames despite trailing by almost 50 points in both, before a break of 59 saw him take a 3-1 lead into the mid-session interval.

Runs of 77 and 65 extended Trump's lead to 5-1, and while Davis looked like he would extend the match in frame seven, he was made to pay after missing the final black as Trump wrapped up a commanding victory.

Speaking to the Bristol Post, Trump said: “I’ve been working on some stuff with my positional play and I think it really paid off. I think a lot of the breaks I made were easier than in the past.

“People still get chances against me but they’ve got extra pressure against me, a bit like playing Ronnie."

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"You know you’re going to get punished if you’re missing, and it brings a whole new type of pressure."

The world number 11, who won the Australian Goldfields Open earlier in the season, will face 2004 champion Stephen Maguire in the last four after he beat Hong Kong's Marco Fu 6-4.

Maguire opened a 2-0 lead, thanks to winning a scrappy first frame and a break of 95 in the second, before sharing the next two, as he moved 3-1 ahead at the break.

A 117 in frame five gave the Scot a 4-1 lead, but Fu fought back with a run of 67 in the sixth, and from a 45-point deficit in the next to narrow Maguire's advantage to a single frame.

The former winner moved one away from the match in frame eight, but Fu kept his chances alive with breaks of 43 and 27 in the ninth. The 10th frame was fraught with tension as both had chances, but it was finally Maguire to seized his chance to reach the semi-finals for the first time in five years.

O'SULLIVAN EDGES PAST MCGILL

Ronnie O'Sullivan overcame a spirited performance from world number 38, Anthony McGill, to make the last four of the UK Championship for the first time since 2009 with a 6-4 victory.

The four-time UK champion struggled initially, as McGill capitalised on O'Sullivan's errors to win the first two frames. The Scot could have gone 3-0 clear but a gutsy brown from his opponent from a free ball helped O'Sullivan into the contest, and he drew level in the fourth with a well compiled 98.

A  superb 125 moved the Rocket into the lead for the first time, but McGill battled back, winning a messy sixth frame. O'Sullivan won the next two as he moved a frame away from the win, but a hearty 103 break kept McGill in the match.

After spurning his chance in the 10th, O'Sullivan made sure the Scot wasn't afforded another opportunity, as he closed out the win with a run of 97.

Stuart Bingham will be O'Sullivan's semi-final opponent after he won the final three frames of his match to defeat Graeme Dott.

Dott bounced back from dropping the first, with two breaks of 68, and a run of 92, as he won four on the spin to lead 4-1. Bingham won the sixth, and a brilliant century in frame seven brought him to within a frame of the Scot.

Breaks of 54 and 65 established a 5-3 lead for Dott, but a rousing Bingham comeback saw him level courtesy of a 64, and he sealed the win with a nerveless century in the deciding frame.

SEMI-FINALS SET

In a change from previous years, the semi-finals will be played over the best of 11 frames, as opposed to the former best of 17, two-session format.

O'Sullivan will take on Stuart Bingham in the afternoon, as the Rocket looks to reach a first UK final since he won the event in 2007. Bingham is searching for his second ranking victory of the season, after winning the Shanghai Masters in September.

The evening session will see Trump play Stephen Maguire. Trump defeated Mark Allen to win the event in 2011, while Maguire's victory 10 years ago came through a 10-1 triumph over David Gray. Trump is in search of his second ranking title of the season, Maguire is looking for his first since the Welsh Open in early 2013.

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