Marco Fu’s world title hopes ‘better than before’ – snooker stars get three words to rate their chances

Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan says he only has an ‘average’ chance of winning

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 April, 2016, 3:27pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 April, 2016, 3:34pm

Hong Kong’s Marco Fu Ka-chun says his chances of winning the world title is “better than before” with the 14th seed playing Peter Ebdon in the first round, which started on Saturday.

BBC Sport asked the top 16 seeds to sum up their chances of winning the world championship at the Crucible in Sheffield in three words or fewer. And Fu, whose best performance was a semi-final appearance in 2006, said “better than before”.

The 38-year-old Fu, though, was probably referring to his performances after that amazing 2006 run at snooker’s spiritual headquarters

From that year onwards, he had failed to get past the second round. He has lost in round two the past three years.

Ebdon is a former world champion and reached the final two other times, with his ranking dropping to 32. However, he will still provide formidable opposition for Fu.

Defending champion Stuart Bingham is the top seed but the favourite is sixth seed and five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, whose one-word response was “Average”.

Here is what the other players said about their chances in a maximum three words.

Stuart Bingham (1): Enjoy myself.

Mark Selby (2): Play with confidence.

Shaun Murphy (3): Level playing field.

Neil Robertson (4): Give my all.

Judd Trump (5): I’m gonna win.

Ronnie O’Sullivan (6): Average.

Mark Allen (7): It’s my time.

John Higgins (8): Good outside bet.

Ricky Walden (9): Every chance.

Joe Perry (10): Gonna be tough.

Barry Hawkins (11): Not very good.

Martin Gould (12): Same as everyone.

Mark Williams (13): Half a chance.

Marco Fu (14): Better than before.

Michael White (15): Possible world champion.

Stephen Maguire (16): Don’t play safe.