Northern Ireland Open Final: Judd Trump vs. Chris Wakelin

Don’t miss the thrilling final of the 2023 Northern Ireland Open as Judd Trump takes on Chris Wakelin at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

 Clash of Titans

This final showdown features Judd Trump, one of the heavyweights in the game, against the ranked outsider, Chris Wakelin, who has made an incredible journey to the finals.

Wakelin’s Remarkable Journey

Wakelin’s impressive journey began with his victory in the Snooker Shoot Out in January, marking a significant improvement in his performance. However, his presence in the Northern Ireland Open final this week has surprised many.

Wakelin’s remarkable temperament has been a key factor in his success, displaying composure in unfamiliar settings. Notably, he confidently defeated Shaun Murphy and Yuan Sijun on his way to his first ranking semi-final appearance.

In the semi-finals, he effortlessly outplayed Jack Lisowski, securing a 6-1 victory and earning a spot in the upcoming Champion of Champions.

A Formidable Challenger – Judd Trump

Chris Wakelin’s impressive journey faces its toughest challenge as he squares off against Judd Trump. Trump, already a two-time champion in October with victories in the English and Wuhan Opens, is currently on a 19-game winning streak.

In the penultimate round, Trump made an astounding comeback, defeating Barry Hawkins 6-4 with a five-frame winning burst at the end.

Historic Pursuit

If Judd Trump lives up to his favorite’s tag and wins the Northern Ireland Open final, he will achieve a historic feat by becoming the fifth player in snooker history to win three ranking titles consecutively. The elite club includes Ray Reardon, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, and Ding Junhui.

Furthermore, a victory for Trump would mark his 26th career ranking crown, placing him above Mark Williams into fifth place on the all-time list.

Overcoming the Odds

Despite being the underdog in this contest, Chris Wakelin has shown he can defy the odds. However, Trump’s remarkable 11-0 head-to-head record provides a clear indication of the challenge ahead.

Northern Ireland Open Draw – Lineup

For a detailed overview of the Northern Ireland Open draw and the lineup, check out the following table:

RoundPlayer 1Player 2Result
Round of 128Mark AllenBen Mertens4-0
Round of 128Andres PetrovSanderson Lam4-3
Round of 128Graeme DottOliver Lines4-0
Round of 128David GraceZihao Xing0-4
Round of 128Ricky WaldenBen Woollaston4-2
Round of 128Allan TaylorDominic Dale1-4
Round of 128Stuart BinghamAshley Hugill4-3
Round of 128Xu SiAlexander Ursenbacher4-2
Round of 128Mohamed IbrahimDean Young2-4
Round of 128Matthew SeltAndy Lee4-1
Round of 128Liam GrahamJackson Page0-4
Round of 128Jack LisowskiRebecca Kenna4-1
Round of 128David LilleyAaron Hill1-4
Round of 128Fan ZhengyiLiu Hongyu4-2
Round of 128Dylan EmeryMartin Gould4-3
Round of 128Robert MilkinsCao Yupeng3-4
Round of 128Shaun MurphyRyan Thomerson4-2
Round of 128Marco FuJamie Jones4-2
Round of 128Joe O’ConnorZak Surety2-4
Round of 128Andrew HigginsonSean O’Sullivan2-4
Round of 128Ryan DayMa Hailong3-4
Round of 128Martin O’DonnellDaniel Wells4-3
Round of 128Chris WakelinAnthony Hamilton4-0
Round of 128Alfie BurdenMostafa Dorgham4-3
Round of 128Rod LawlerBaipat Siripaporn4-0
Round of 128Zhou YuelongStan Moody2-4
Round of 128Andrew PagettLukas Kleckers3-4
Round of 128Gary WilsonLouis Heathcote4-3
Round of 128Jamie ClarkeAlfie Davies4-3
Round of 128Xiao GuodongYuan Sijun1-4
Round of 128Jordan BrownStuart Carrington4-2
Round of 128Neil RobertsonWu Yize4-1
Round of 128Judd TrumpJenson Kendrick4-1
Round of 128Adam DuffyJulien Leclercq1-4
Round of 128Pang JunxuIan Burns2-4
Round of 128Liam HighfieldKen Doherty3-4
Round of 128Anthony McGillJimmy White4-3
Round of 128Robbie McGuiganMuhammad Asif4-1
Round of 128Noppon SaengkhamHimanshu Jain4-0
Round of 128Manasawin PhetmalaikulBarry Pinches3-4
Round of 128Mink NutcharutMichael White2-4
Round of 128Joe PerryIshpreet Singh Chadha4-2
Round of 128Long ZehuangAnton Kazakov1-4

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