Hong Kong cueist Marco Fu’s unsatisfactory start to a 2016-17 deteriorate continued in China yesterday when he was narrowly degraded in a opening turn of a Shanghai Masters.
The 38-year-old suffered a warn 5-4 better opposite England’s David Gilbert.
Fu has now unsuccessful to allege past a opening theatre in 3 of a 4 ranking events he has played so distant this season. He reached a second turn during a Indian Open.
Gilbert cumulative feat in a high-quality confront after winning a moving determining frame.
Fu had raced into a 3-0 lead compiling breaks of 119 and 79 along a way. But let a movement pass to Gilbert who claimed a final 3 frames to sign his place in a final 16.
“At 3-0 down we was usually happy to get a support on a board, so I’m gay to come out with a victory,” Gilbert said. “The usually time we looked like we was going to win was right during a end, though that’s a accurate time we wish to demeanour like you’re going to win.”
Elsewhere, China’s Ding Junhui came by a wily tie opposite Scotland’s Scott Donaldson to allege to turn two.
The Chinese ace was forced to puncture low opposite a universe No 114 to explain a 5-4 win.
Donaldson looked on march to secure a biggest scalp of his career in a determining support before blank a elementary black that authorised Ding to a table. He ruthlessly privileged from there.
Sixteen-year-old Chinese Yuan Sijun claimed a many considerable opening of a day as he whitewashed 17th seed Martin Gould 5-0 with breaks of 111, 65 and 48.
He will now accommodate universe series one Mark Selby in turn two.