Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Fu fighter

Who would have thought it?

Out-of-form Marco Fu turns up at the UK Championship and stuns the world number one and tournament favourite.

Picture by Monique Limbos
Well, that's exactly what happened this evening as he beat Mark Selby 6-3.

Don't get me wrong, this was far from vintage. It was a scrappy match but, that won't matter even an inch to Fu who from nowhere is now back at the right end of a ranking tournament.

Marco will be the first to admit his form over the last 12 months has been turbulent. He rediscovered some quality to see off Stuart Bingham in round one but relied on his ability to scrap and take advantage of a poor Selby to win tonight.

The Jester from Leicester, who prides himself on his consistency, will be disappointed with his display for it was way short of what he produced in an opening round whitewash against Ryan Day.

Although his defeat will scupper many fans' bets, it does mean the race for this title is blown completely wide open.

Selby, who is a little like Mr Reliable, was looking like a safe bet to lift the trophy as others around him were flicking in and out of form.

Now, it's a case of take your pick.

Despite his troubles, we shouldn't forget Marco made the UK Championship final just three years ago and is still a classy player.Well played!

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