Hong Kong were one step away from another gold medal going into the men's doubles snooker final early today, with Marco Fu Ka-chun and Chan Wai-ki taking on China's Ding Jinhui and Tian Pengfei. While the Hong Kong duo had an easy passage past Malaysia with a straight 3-0 victory in the semi-finals, they almost crashed out against Bahrain in the quarters and needed a little bit of luck to scrape a 3-2 win in the best-of-five-frames match. 'We did not play very well against Bahrain,' said Fu. 'That was just the opening day and we were still trying to get used to the game as the environment here is different from the pro circuit. But we are getting back match by match.' Having received a bye in the first round, Hong Kong beat Cambodia 3-1 to make it into the last eight. In the quarter-finals, with the score at 2-2 in a close contest, Chan, who had been struggling, struck a purple patch with a break of 45 early in the final frame. Coupled with the opposition missing an easy brown late on, Hong Kong took the fifth frame 66-37. 'Chan's break was crucial and it seems he has his full confidence back,' said Hong Kong coach Chan Chor-kwan. 'It is difficult to predict the final, the Chinese are very good, but our pair are not without quality. I hope they can do better than they did in Pusan.' Fu and Au Chi-wai clinched a silver medal four years ago when Hong Kong also won a team gold and a singles bronze. Ding and his partner struggled to a 3-2 victory over Thailand in the other semi-final. 'It does not matter who the winners will be as we are all Chinese and it will be our national flag that will be hoisted at the victory ceremony,' said Ding, the hottest player on the professional circuit. Last night Fu, Fung Kwok-wai and Chan made it into today's men's team semi-finals as the two-time defending champions recorded successive 3-0 wins over the UAE and Kuwait.