Marco Fu

Rusty Hong Kong star Marco Fu books place in World Open draw

Playing in his first tournament since last month’s Hong Kong Masters, the 39-year-old touring professional overcomes the challenge of England’s Sean O’Sullivan in Preston

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 August, 2017, 2:44pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 August, 2017, 10:36am

Marco Fu Ka-chun overcame the spirited challenge of Sean O’Sullivan to book his place in the main draw of the World Open in his first tournament since the joy of playing in front of a home crowd at the Hong Kong Masters.

Playing for the first time in a fortnight, the Hong Kong snooker star, the 2007 champion in this tournament when it was known as the Grand Prix, hadn’t practised much before the Preston tournament and it showed when he trailed 3-1 to the 23-year-old Englishman.

But Fu’s experience told in the end as he took four frames in a row, closing the match with a break of 100 to carve out a 5-3 victory.

“I wasn’t really into the match you know,” Fu told “After Hong Kong [Masters] I’ve just been having a break and I didn’t really spend too much time practising. I only spent one day practising before coming over here [Preston].

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“My game is nowhere near where I want it to be and mentally it’s not great either. My concentration wasn’t great today but I managed to play a bit better towards the end. It’s one of those matches that I think you feel your opponent deserves to win a bit more than yourself, but in the end I still got the job done so I’m very pleased.”

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However, despite the rustiness, Fu knew his experience would prevail in the end and saluted O’Sullivan for making a game of it.

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“Even when he [O’Sullivan] was 3-1 up, I knew if I could get within one frame I could put a bit of pressure on Sean, which I did today and he made mistakes towards the end. He played quite well to go 3-1 up but towards the end he struggled a bit. But he’ll come on in the end.”

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Fu booked one of 56 places for the final stages of the sixth ranking event. The £700,000 (HK$7.14 million) World Open main draw will be held in Yushan, China from September 18-24.