Fu too good for Doherty
Marco Fu Ka-chun raised the roof in the Euro-Asia Masters Challenge after he defeated former world champion Ken Doherty 2-1 in his opening round-robin match at Queen Elizabeth Stadium last night.
The local hero came back from a frame down to score a sensational 32-70, 88-7, 123-0 win over the 1997 world champion in the best display of the night that included one of the biggest breaks so far in the event - a 123.
Fu earned a standing ovation after his best of three frame win to put himself in a good position of qualifying from group B, where he will also play against two-time former world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and Thailand's Supoj Saenla.
'It was a good match. I started off a bit slow. Ken [Doherty] was playing well and also had a win today against Ronnie [O'Sullivan]. I was a bit rusty in the first frame and he took advantage. But I improved after that,' said Fu.
Meanwhile, seven-time champion Stephen Hendry's hopes of grabbing a semi-final place all but disappeared after losing 2-0 (58-34, 79-7) to fellow Scotsman John Higgins and Thailand's James Wattana 2-1 (39-84, 65-36, 34-58). Wattana also beat crowd favourite Ding Junhui of China 2-0 (71-48, 127-23).