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Marco Fu

Dominant Marco Fu thrashes world champion Mark Selby to move into the semi-final of the Players Championship

Hongkonger completes one of his finest performances of the season as he overcomes world number one in the quarters in Wales

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 March, 2017, 12:39pm
UPDATED : Friday, 10 March, 2017, 12:43pm

Classy Marco Fu Ka-chun completed one of his finest performances of the season on Thursday as he overcame world number one Mark Selby in the quarter-finals of the Players Championship in Wales.

The Hong Kong potter was at his brilliant best to complete a 5-2 win over the reigning world champion.

His prize for beating the Leicester man is a semi-final date with either Chinese number one Ding Junhui or Scotland’s Anthony Hamilton who meet later today.

In a repeat of the 2016 World Championships semi-final, Fu was forced to twice come from behind to level the score at 2-2 after Selby began the stronger opening up with an 86 break.

From there it was all Fu as breaks of 85 and 68 helped the 39-year-old to his fifth semi-final appearance of the season.

“I’m very happy with the result,” Fu told worldsnooker.com. “I wasn’t that pleased with how I played, but it is always good to beat the world number one.”

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“The longer frames are the important ones. All top players can win in one visit. It can be the tight frames that determine who’s going to be the winner. Tonight I was able to do a little bit better than Mark.”

Selby conceded that the match hinged on a close-fought fifth frame.

“For me I think the fifth frame just seemed to turn the match,” said Selby. “A couple of times I got him in some good snookers, but he got some very good escapes. If I had won that frame who knows, I could have got some momentum for the rest of the match.”

In the other semi-final, England’s Judd Trump, who overcame an out-of-sorts Ronnie O’Sullivan in their quarter-final tie, faces countryman Ali Carter.