Marco Fu

Marco Fu in titanic tussle against Neil Robertson at World Snooker Championships

Nothing between the two men as they head to final session locked at 8-8

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 April, 2017, 8:54am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 April, 2017, 8:54am

Hong Kong snooker star Marco Fu Ka-chun is locked in a ding-dong battle with Neil Robertson, with the score at 8-8 as they go into tonight’s final session.

Fu had to battle back from 4-1 down to 4-4 in the first session at the Crucible, but in the second session neither player could stretch ahead.

Both men traded big breaks, Fu notching 109 to take the score to 5-5 before former world champ Robertson hit 91 to go ahead once more.

Fu snuck ahead to 7-6, Robertson hit back for 8-7 and Fu levelled with the final frame of the session.

Meanwhile, defending champion Mark Selby looks comfortably placed to reach the quarter-finals, needing just three frames on Monday to see off Chinese opponent Xiao Guodong.

The 33-year-old Englishman leads Xiao 10-6 after the second session.

The winner will play either Robertson or Fu.

Giantkiller Rory McLeod’s progress came to an abrupt end as the conqueror of championship favourite Judd Trump was given a salutary lesson with a 13-3 humbling by Stephen Maguire.

Maguire, who will be making his first appearance in the last eight since 2012, will play the winner of the second round clash between Graeme Dott and Barry Hawkins.

Hawkins looked to have been energised by his 38th birthday in taking a 9-3 lead but the champagne was put on ice as the ever resilient Dott took three consecutive frames.

Hawkins won the last frame of the evening to lead 10-6 heading to the final session