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Fu Closes On Semi-Finals

Marco FuMarco Fu remains well-placed to reach the semi-finals of the Betfred World Championship after finishing the second sesssion of his match with Barry Hawkins with a 10-6 lead.

Fu, who is bidding to reach the one-table set-up at the Crucible for the first time in ten years (when he lost to Peter Ebdon in a deciding frame), won seven of the first eight frames of the opening session against Hawkins yesterday.

The world number 14 from Hong Kong extended his lead to 9-1 by winning the first two frames today with a top break of 71.

Then followed a bizarre moment in frame ten as Hawkins, who had previously knocked out tournament favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan in the second round, potted a red into the right-middle pocket from his break-off shot, a moment that drew a smile from both players. He ultimately won the frame to end a four-frame losing run, before he compiled a break of 86 to make the score 9-3.

After the interval the players shared the next two frames, a break of 136 from Fu marking his fifth ton of the tournament so far.

However, Hawkins who is the only player to have reached the last four of the World Championship during each of the last three years, finished strongly with runs of 95 and 75 to win the session and stay in the match at 10-6 behind ahead of their resumption at 7pm.