Hong Kong’s Marco Fu exits China Championship on day of shocks in Guangzhou
Snooker world number five loses 5-2 to Belgium’s Luca Brecel, with Mark Selby, Judd Trump, Ding Junhui, John Higgins and Barry Hawkins also falling in the second round
Marco Fu Ka-chun’s China Championship campaign ended in the second round on Friday as Hong Kong’s world number five lost 5-2 to Belgium’s Luca Brecel on a day of shocks in Guangzhou as the top six ranked players in the world failed to progress.
World number 26 Brecel almost scored a famous victory over Fu in the first round of this year’s world championship after storming into a 7-1 lead before losing a titanic tussle 10-9 at the Crucible.
But Fu managed a best break of just 54 in losing the seventh and decisive frame at Guangzhou Sports Institute Asian Games Venue.
Fu had fallen 4-0 behind with Brecel reeling off a break of 91 to win the fourth frame before the Hong Kong ace hit back by winning the next two.
But despite Fu’s best break of the match in the following frame, Brecel’s break of 50 was enough to seal the win in the best of nine frame contest.
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World number one Mark Selby also fell in the second round in Guangzhou after losing 5-4 to China’s Zhou Yuelong.
World number two John Higgins lost 5-2 to Tom Ford, while Judd Trump, China’s Ding Junhui and Barry Hawkins also failed to progress.
World number three Trump lost 5-2 to Daniel Wells, while Ding lost 5-0 to Alan McManus and Hawkins suffered a 5-2 defeat by Mark Davis.
Brecel’s win over Fu earned the Belgium a third round meeting with Mike Dunn, while Zhou will take on Martin Gould on Saturday.
Stephen Maguire, Shaun Murphy and Ronnie O’Sullivan will also feature in Saturday’s third round at the £700,000 (HK$7 million) event.