Fu aiming for consistency in new season
Marco Fu Ka-chun is looking forward to a period of consistency after a series of wild ups and downs in his performances last season.
The home favourite's erratic play saw him drop out of the world's top 16 to a current ranking of 23rd. He reached the final in the Masters and the Premier League semi-finals.
But he also lost his first-round matches at the China Open and the world championships.
'I won't set any target in the new season, but just want to be more consistent,' said Fu. 'I have been on the professional tour for many years and it will be great if I can win another tournament in the new season, but I won't give myself pressure.
'I would be happy if I can keep my performance consistently at the top level. In the past, we were very concerned about finishing in the world's top 16 because the ranking lasted for the whole season and determined whether you needed to play in the qualifying rounds of the ranking tournaments.
'But it doesn't work that way any more and I just want to be more consistent.' The rankings are now updated several times during the season.
To prepare for the new season, Fu is playing his first tournament in Hong Kong for almost two years. Last night he defeated Noppadol Sangnil of Thailand in the General International Cup in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Fu overcame a slow start to win the group B match 5-1 and will play against Englishman Ricky Walden today. Group A features Englishmen Stephen Lee and Tom Ford and Thai Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. The winner of each group after a single round competition will meet in the final tomorrow for the HK$50,000 top prize.
'It's great to play in front of the home crowd again,' said Fu. 'I am still not at my best but I am getting better and will get fit when the new season starts.'
Fu and Fung Kwok-wai will represent Hong Kong in the World Cup in Thailand next week. He will then go back to England where he will take part in the qualifying round of the Shanghai Open.