Marco Fu

Erratic Marco Fu dumped out of Welsh Open after second round thrashing on day of shocks

Hong Kong star joins Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson in making early Cardiff exit

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 February, 2017, 9:18am
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 February, 2017, 9:18am

Marco Fu’s schizophrenic season continued on Thursday night when he was dumped out of the Welsh Open by world No 70 Ross Muir in the second round in Cardiff.

Fu, who won the Scottish Open in December and reached the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix in Preston just over a week ago, went out with a whimper as he was thrashed 4-0 by Scotland’s Muir after failing to register a score over 35 in the match.

The win represents the biggest of the 21-year-old Muir’s career and sets up a last 32 tie with China’s Zhou Yuelong.

Elsewhere, Ronnie O’Sullivan threw a way a 3-0 lead to lose 4-3 against an inspired Mark Davis.

Former world champion Neil Robertson was also knocked out on a day of shocks in Wales. He let slip a 3-1 lead to fall to 94th-ranked Welshman Lee Walker.

Meanwhile, 15-year-old schoolboy Jackson Page continued his stunning run at the Open as he edged world No 78 John Astley 4-3 in his first professional event to book himself a third round tie against his hero Judd Trump.

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“I remember watching Judd Trump when I was a kid, he was at Newport and played Ronnie O’Sullivan on one of the TV tables,” Page told BBC Wales Sport.

“I knew I could come here and get far and I looked at the draw and saw Judd and knew I could play him so my eyes were on that.”