Betfred World Championship final: Trump leads Higgins 12-5 after second session
At snooker's World Championship, Judd Trump led John Higgins 12-5 after the second session in their best-of-33 title match in Sheffield, UK. The fifth-seeded Higgins had grabbed an early 5-4 advantage, before the seventh-ranked Trump surged in front by claiming eight frames in a row.
Higgins was dialed in as they return from the first intermission, in this rematch of the 2011 final. The Scot fired a break of 125 to record a perfect start in the evening session.
But the "Juddernaught" battled back, and his momentum snowballed as he alternated corners with the red, black, and yellow balls.
The one-time runner-up was on the verge of going 9-5 in front as he sank a brown, and closed with a pink.
Trump's surge included a break of 137, and the Englishman leads the Scot by seven frames, ahead of the third session at the Crucible Theater. Higgins will need to dig deep if he hopes to fight back in the marathon finale.
The veteran is famous for his comeback victory over Trump in the world final eight years ago when he won 18-15 to grab a fourth title of the tournament. This is also the third consecutive year for Higgins to reach the final of the snooker showpiece after losing to Mark Selby and Mark Williams in the previous editions.