image

Marco Fu

Hong Kong’s Marco Fu sets up John Higgins Scottish Open final showdown

World number 14 beats China’s Yu Delu 6-1 on Saturday in Glasgow to earn a place in the seventh ranking event final of his career

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 December, 2016, 12:03pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 December, 2016, 6:15pm

Hong Kong’s Marco Fu will face home favourite John Higgins in the final of the Scottish Open after recording a impressive 6-1 semi-final victory over China’s Yu Delu on Saturday in Glasgow.

In-form world number 14 Fu claimed a scrappy opening frame before establishing a 3-0 lead with breaks of 72 and 73 against Yu.

Playing in his first ranking event semi-final, Yu pulled a frame back after trapping Fu opponent in a snooker on the last red.

But Fu responded and runs of 100, 130 and 87 secured the place in the final against Scotland’s Higgins, who came from 5-1 down to beat Judd Trump 6-5 in an enthralling semi-final.

Watch: Marco Fu interview

“I scored heavily again and I had the run of the ball,” Fu told the World Snooker website. “In a pro tournament this has been the best week of my career. It doesn’t mean I’m going to win tomorrow, but it does give me a lot of confidence.

Agony for Hong Kong’s Marco Fu as Ronnie O’Sullivan edges him out in snooker’s UK Championship semis

“I’m looking forward to playing John in Glasgow, it will be a big occasion like playing Jimmy or Ronnie in London. When I concentrate during a match I don’t worry about the crowd, I just play the balls. The crowd has been very fair all week.

“I’ll try not to think about winning the title because I’m still nine frames away. If I get to eight and get a chance then I’ll think about it.

“I’ll just treat it as a normal match and keep doing the same things I’ve been doing all week.”

On-fire Marco Fu storms into semi-finals of Scottish Open

Fu, who will be appearing in his seventh ranking event final of his career and aiming for his third title, has won eight of his 14 career meetings with Higgins.

The 38-year-old 2016 UK Championship semi-finalist has made a remarkable 10 centuries and 15 more breaks over 50 on his way to the final in Glasgow.