Jak Jones brands sneering snooker rivals Judd Trump and Stuart Bingham 'pathetic' in astonishing blast

Jak Jones has hit back at Judd Trump and Stuart Bingham, branding their complaints about his playing style "pathetic" following his triumphs over them en route to his first World Snooker Championship Final.

The 2024 tournament has seen Jones rise unexpectedly to challenge Kyren Wilson for the title after a gruelling win against 2015 champion Bingham in the semi-finals. His methodical approach on the baize has drawn criticism from some of the sport's big names, including Trump and Bingham, who have blamed their losses on Jones' tactical gameplay, suggesting it threw them off their game.

Jones hit back in a stinging blast, telling SportsBoom: "They just can't accept it. I mean it's pathetic really, isn't it? Just accept it. Against Judd wasn't great. I noticed I couldn't believe the way he was playing against me.

"From when I went three up, he just completely changed as a player. I don't know if it's confidence or what. I was prepared to go into that match playing, attacking, and I thought he started that way, but then to say I knocked him out of his rhythm, I don't get it."

Despite facing criticism, Jones stands firm on his playing style, which he believes is unfairly labelled as negative by critics. He remains unshaken by the backlash, stating: "That doesn't affect me. There's been matches where I've played slow, but when I play slow, I get bogged down. But when I don't feel like I was playing like that, I just won't accept it."

Known for his quiet presence, dubbed the "Silent Assassin," Jones also shared his preference for solitude over seeking guidance from past Welsh champions or seasoned professionals, saying: "I just tend to keep myself to myself. I get on with everyone but haven't really had the opportunity. I'm not that kind of person, I just keep myself to myself, but it might be a good idea to."

Jones' approach may come as a surprise to some, especially as he gears up for his first world championship final, given it's also his first time in any professional ranking final. His lack of experience at such a high level raises questions about how he'll cope under pressure, yet Jones' self-assuredness remains evident.

Jones' journey to the final marks a significant milestone in his career, securing his inaugural World Championship final berth and his debut appearance in a professional ranking final. As he prepares to face Wilson, Jones remains undeterred by the controversies surrounding his playing style, focused solely on his quest for victory.

With his unwavering determination and confidence, the Welshman continues to challenge conventions and carve his path to success in the world of snooker. As the final approaches, all eyes will be on this underdog as he aims to etch his name in the annals of snooker history.

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