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
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.”
“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.