Marco Fu flattened by Shaun Murphy in China Championship quarters as Allen pips world No 1 Selby
Hong Kong ace out after failing to build on impressive earlier win over China’s Ding Junhui
Hong Kong’s Marco Fu Ka-chun was dumped out of the quarter-finals of the big-money Evergrande China Championship on Thursday night after going down 6-2 to England’s Shaun Murphy in Guangzhou.
Fu, who beat Chinese ace Ding Junhui 6-3 on Wednesday to make the last eight, was in danger of being blasted from sight after going 5-0 behind against the dominant Murphy.
The world number 13 was on the receiving end of a passage of inspired snooker as Murphy racked up breaks of 63, 66, 69, 101 and 129 on his way to the semi-finals.
Fu recovered enough composure to claim consecutive frames and restore some respectability to the scoreline before the world number five completed his victory.
“Marco is a very classy player and person. I knew that I would have to play something like my best to win today,” said 2005 World Champion Murphy. “I would have loved to win 6-0 but never really got a chance to win in the sixth frame and he played well in the next. I just had to keep calm and get over the line.”
Elsewhere, Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen pulled off a shock as he knocked out world number one and favourite in Guangzhou this week Mark Selby in an epic encounter.
The ‘Pistol’ ended the world champion’s strong run of form in China with a 6-5 win over the ‘Jester’.
The Antrim player, ranked 10 in the world, hit breaks of 100, 114 and 131 on his way to a 5-2 lead before the Leicester native launched a comeback.
England’s Stuart Bingham beat Michael Holt to take a semi-final spot. He will face Murphy in the semi-finals on Friday.
Former world champion John Higgins will face Allen after securing his passage with a 6-2 win over Ali Carter.