Tuesday 27 September 2016

Ronnie O'Sullivan's conquerer falls short of epic comeback as Marco Fu books final four place

Published 27/04/2016 | 22:36

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Barry Hawkins of England looks on during his quarter final match against Marco Fu from Hong Kong on day eleven of the World Championship Snooker at Crucible Theatre on April 26, 2016 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Barry Hawkins of England looks on during his quarter final match against Marco Fu from Hong Kong on day eleven of the World Championship Snooker at Crucible Theatre on April 26, 2016 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Barry Hawkins fell just short of a famous comeback at the Crucible tonight, as Hong Kong's Marco Fu held on to win their Snooker World Championship quarter-final clash 13-11.

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After trailing 9-1, Hawkins started a brilliant fightback that saw him reduce the gap to 12-11 but Fu composed himself for an excellent final clearance to move into the semi-final, where he will face 2014 champion Mark Selby.

On the other side of the draw, China's Ding Junhui will face Scotland's Alan McManus, who will play his first semi-final since 1993.

McManus edged four-time champion John Higgins 13-11 in tonight's other quarter-final.

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