Judd Trump loses focus as a social media row threatens to cost him a place in the last eight

Top ten seeds Judd Trump and Mark Allen have it all to do after the first session against qualifiers Ding Junhui and Kyren Wilson.

Judd Trump loses focus as a social media row threatens to cost him a place in the last eight
Judd Trump loses focus as a social media row threatens to cost him a place in the last eight

World number five Judd Trump was involved in a Twitter row with Dominic Dale during the mid-session interval of his tie with Ding Junhui.

Judd Trump battles it out with both Ding Junhui and Dominic Dale

There was nothing to choose between Trump and Ding as the pair exchanged the opening four frames, with Trump looking slightly better with breaks of 85 and 106, although Ding did produce a 71 of his own.

Yet inexplicably Judd Trump ended up on Twitter during the interval as he responded to a tweet from Dominic Dale, who is currently ranked at number 34 in the world but missed out on qualification, questioning his "cue control" by branding the Welshman "clueless".

That exchange seemed to affect Trump as a half century break broke down in frame five, paving the way for Ding to take the lead oncemore. The world number seventeen then took three more consecutive frames, including breaks of 112 and 79, as he romped into a 6-2 lead. The pair will renew acquaintances on Sunday evening.

Wilson leaves Allen behind as he storms into a significant lead

On the adjacent table, Kyren Wilson was following in Ding Junhui's footsteps as he blasted his way into a dominant lead over top ten player Mark Allen.

The Northern Irishman was having all sorts of problems with his safety shots and Shanghai Masters champion Wilson did not require a second opportunity to jump on the mistakes. 

Allen was just edged out in the first frame, before Wilson really took control with breaks of 50, 55, 93 and 103 as he won seven consecutive frames. Between frame two and seven, Allen managed just 67 points, though the world number seven did avoid a session whitewash with a consolation victory in the final frame. Allen will look to play a lot better in Sunday's evening session.