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Fu Edges In Front

Marco Fu at Crucible

Marco Fu led Martin Gould 4-1 and 5-2 but had to settle for a single frame advantage in their World Snooker Championship match as Gould fought back to 5-4.

Obviously full of confidence following his recent success in the Championship League, Hong Kong's Fu carried on in the same rich vein of form to take the opener. He looked very comfortable opening his account with a fluent 70 break.

Fu who is still in the process of making technical changes to his game, extended his lead to 2-0 with modest runs of 34 and 36. The world number 8 looked to be well on his way to extending his further in the next until missing a tricky yellow, leaving it hanging in the jaws of the green pocket. Making his second appearance in the World Championship, Gould started his reply with a two-ball plant and despite having little table time, got his first frame on the board with a solid 58 break.

The man from the far east, who reached the semi-final of snookers' premier event in 2006, won the last before the interval with a well constructed 56.

Former part-time croupier Gould ,looked on course to reduce his arrears when in contol of the fifth frame, until sending the cue ball into the top after potting the green. This left Fu with the balls at his mercy, he cleared from green to black with ease to open a three frame margin.

Gould rallied to take the sixth frame but it was Fu, the 2007 Grand Prix Champion who again extended his lead to three, with a an excellent 112 break. Gould displayed his battling qualities and replied in fine style with a century of his own, a clearance of 103 bring this years total to 9, after only eight sessions of play.

The last of the session could prove to be a pivot frame for both players, for different reasons. Fu looked odds on to clinch it, which in turn would have given himself a 6-3 lead, but missed an easy straight red to the top pocket allowing Gould to cash in and trail by just the single frame at 5-4.

The players return and will play to a conclusion on Monday at 10am in what could turn out to be an interesting final session.

18th April 2010, 16:55
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