Snooker World Championships

China’s Liang Wenbo Trumped in World Championship thriller, as Hong Kong’s Marco Fu takes control of round two clash

Liang lets slip a 7-3 lead as he is knocked out in a 10-8 defeat by Englishman, as Fu takes 5-3 lead after first session in Sheffield

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 April, 2016, 10:17am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 April, 2016, 10:17am

China’s Liang Wenbo let slip a 7-3 lead as he was knocked out of the World Championship in a 10-8 first-round defeat by England’s Judd Trump on Thursday.

It seemed like when I had my back against the wall that’s when I thrived. I played some real good snooker, just solid snooker. I wasn’t forcing it really
Judd Trump

Liang won Thursday’s first frame of the day to go four in front at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield against 2011 finalist Trump.

But from then on Trump, who reached the semi-finals last year, won seven of the next eight frames to set up a second-round match against another Chinese cueman in Ding Junhui.

“It seemed like when I had my back against the wall that’s when I thrived,” Trump told the BBC. “I played some real good snooker, just solid snooker. I wasn’t forcing it really.

“I took a bit of heart from when I was losing big to Shaun Murphy a few years ago and came back to win that.

“I’m so pleased to get through. I can’t wait for the next game now.”

For Trump victory was revenge for a 6-4 defeat by fellow left-hander Liang at the UK Championship in December where the Englishman squandered a 4-1 lead in a loss he later labelled “embarrassing”.

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Later on Thursday, Hong Kong’s Marco Fu Ka-chun put himself in a strong position to progress to the quarter-finals when he ended the first session of his second round match with Scotland’s Anthony McGill leading 5-3.

The 38-year-old used all his know-how to capitalise on errors from the Glaswegian and take command despite only serving up two half century breaks to his opponent’s four.

The second session of their match commences at 6pm on Friday (HK time).