Sunday 11 December 2016

Fu finds his groove to book place in quarters

Published 23/04/2016 | 02:30

Marco Fu has made it through to the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championships Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Marco Fu has made it through to the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championships Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Marco Fu is the first player through to the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championships after defeating Anthony Gill 13-9 in a gruelling second round match in Sheffield.

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Fu finally found his groove in last night's final session, which he won 4-2, to book just his second appearance in the quarter-final stage.

"I didn't play very well in the first two sessions, but started to regain confidence in the last session," he said.

Fu started the final session 9-7 ahead and despite losing the next frame, the 14th seed from Hong Kong dominated the rest of the action, winning four of the next five frames, including a break of 100.

Ali Carter will take a two-frame lead into the final session of his second round match against veteran Alan McManus today.

Former runner-up Carter edged a long and safety-dominated session for a 9-7 advantage, with McManus in particular appearing upset with the table conditions.

Qualifier Sam Baird finished with a break of 85 to peg back former world champion Mark Selby at 4-4 at the end of the opening session of their second round match. Despite slipping 4-1 behind qualifier Michael Holt, former champion Mark Williams struck back to take a 10-6 lead in the best of 25 contest.

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