Mark Selby has taken another step towards the semi-finals after an impressive win against Marco Fu in Sheffield at the BetFred World Championship.
Shelby was hugely impressive in the morning session, winning all of the opening frames, and the 33-year-old's dominance continued after the mid-session break, with the Jester from Leicester chalking up the best break of the tournament with a remarkable 139.
Marco Fu did eventually manage to get onto the score board, salvaging some pride for the Hong Kong player.
But, world number one Selby was not in a merciful mood, bettering his earlier 139 with a break of 143.
Coincidentally, the break of 143 was Selby’s third century break in four frames. The win guarantees him a place in the semi-finals at the Crucible.
In truth, Fu looked dreadfully out of form and this was exemplified when he managed to score a foul with his last shot of the match.
As you can see in the tweet below, provided by Eurosport, it was a day to forget for Fu, who went down 13-3 in the quarter-final.
Whilst Fu was on the table, he was 37 points behind Selby, and despite briefly making that 36 by potting the red, the cue ball came back off the top cushion and nestled into the middle right pocket, resulting in a foul and a four-shot penalty.
After the foul, Fu conceded and accepted defeat, acknowledging that Selby was too far ahead in the frame.
Rest of the action at the Crucible
On current form, no one really wants to play Selby, but unfortunately for the winner of Ding Junhui and Ronnie O'Sullivan, the Jester is exactly who they will have to play to have any chance of getting into the final.
As of writing this article, Ding Junhui leads Englishman Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-6 in their quarter-final. In truth, the Rocket has looked a little rusty, missing easy pots and making uncharacteristic mistakes.
In contrast, Ding looked superb and punished all the mistakes his opponent made, and looks to be on his way to the semi’s.
Junhui took six of the eight remaining evening frames and leaves O’Sullivan with a mountain to climb if he is going to get into the semi-finals.
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