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Marco Fu

Hong Kong’s Marco Fu recovers to beat John Higgins in Scottish Open snooker final

Cue ace moves up to eighth in the world rankings after 9-4 victory in Glasgow on Sunday

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 December, 2016, 9:19am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 December, 2016, 9:54pm

Hong Kong snooker ace Marco Fu Ka-chun rallied from 4-1 down to beat John Higgins 9-4 in the final of the Coral Scottish Open in Glasgow on Sunday.

Fu was on the ropes early when his Scottish opponent racked up three big scores but then recovered to win eight straight frames and control the rest of the match.

This is the third world ranking of Fu’s career and earned him a cheque for £70,000 (HK$678,000).

Fu had a subdued start to the season but reached the semi-finals of the recent UK Championship and is expected to move up from 14th to eighth in the world rankings.

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“It feels unbelievable,” Fu, 38, told the worldsnooker.com website. “To beat John in Glasgow is one of the biggest wins of my career.

“It was a great occasion and I managed to play some good match snooker. It’s a dream come true. I was fearing the worst at 3-0 down because the way John was playing was very difficult to contain.

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“I was guessing I was going to be 7-1 down after the first session, I would have even taken 6-2. I was over the moon at 4-4, those three frames I won from 4-1 down were the most important part of the match.

“My safety was helping me to get chances and I scored really well throughout the week. Before the UK Championship I worked on a few technical things with my coach Wayne Griffiths. My alignment was way off for potting balls so I had to correct that, as well as my cue action.

“I spent a lot of time practising but even going to York I wasn’t that confident. I managed to find some form during the UK and I was able to bring that into this tournament.

“It has been frustrating in my career to have only won two ranking titles. The way I score could have given me more success but I have always missed out in the semis or final of big tournaments. So it’s nice to win today and remind myself that I can do it under pressure.

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“I’m really confident now going into the second half of the season. I’ll take a holiday now over Christmas then from the new year I’ll be getting ready for the Masters.”

Fu has now won nine of his 15 meetings with Higgins.

“The shot which turned it against me was at 4-2 when there were two reds left and I should have taken the green and tried to move a red off the side cushion. But I played the brown and ended up missing the double on the red. That’s what was in my mind when I went back to my house after the first session. I played the wrong shot and it came back to haunt me,” said Higgins.

“I still felt good at 4-4 because I couldn’t have played much better. Marco ground his way back into the game and played some good safety.

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“I still fancied playing well tonight but Marco shut me out. I’ve got no complaints because he played superb snooker. He put me in some positions I couldn’t find my way out of. He has been the player of the week and a worthy winner.

“The fans were fantastic so I’m just gutted that I couldn’t make it close for them and create a great atmosphere. It would have been good to win a 29th ranking title but hopefully there will be time in the future to do that. I’ve had a great couple of months [winning the China Championship and Champion of Champions] so it will be a good Christmas then I’ll be ready for the Masters.”