On-fire Marco Fu storms into semi-finals of Scottish Open

The Hong Kong snooker star powers past Mark Davis 5-1

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 December, 2016, 11:15am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 December, 2016, 11:15am

Hong Kong’s Marco Fu Ka-chun continued his recent form by storming into the semi-finals of the Scottish Open with a superb performance.

Fu, who almost made it to the final of the UK Championship this month, trounced Mark Davis 5-1 in Glasgow.

Next up is a clash against mainland China’s Yu Delu for a place in the final.

Fu, had a poor start to the season before hitting a rich vein of form at the UK Championships and has been even better this week.

“I expected a tough match tonight, especially after Mark made a century [to win] the first frame,” Fu told worldsnooker.com.

“I just had to wait for my chances to get among the balls and score heavily, because that’s what I have been doing this week.

“I was really struggling going into the UK in York but then I found some form towards the end. I was able to bring that into the German Masters qualifiers last week and then kept it going in this tournament.

“After York it was very difficult to pick myself up because I came so close to beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the semi-finals [losing 6-5].

“But I took a lot of positives because there’s no disgrace in losing to Ronnie and I played some good snooker.

“It’s always nice to be back in Scotland because I lived in Stirling for one year and I won my first ranking title in Aberdeen. The fans love the sport here and Scotland is a special place for snooker.”

Fu has had eight centuries and 12 more 50+ breaks in the 21 frames he has won in Glasgow, World Snooker reported.

Yu reached his first major semi-final by edging fellow Chinese Liang Wenbo 5-4.

In the other semi, home favourite John Higgins takes on Judd Trump after an impressive 5-2 win over O’Sullivan.

“Any time you beat Ronnie it’s a special result, even though he didn’t play anywhere near his best,” said world number three Higgins. “He gave me a few chances too many. It will be another tough game whoever I play tomorrow. It’s great to be able to play here in front of my friends and family.”