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World Championships Thursday 11 March, 2010

Three-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has been handed a tricky tie against China's Liang Wenbo in the first round of the World Championships.

Seven-time champion Stephen Hendry is also paired with a rising Chinese star, Crucible debutant Anda Zhang, 18.

Defending champion John Higgins gets the tournament under way on 17 April against Barry Hawkins.

Steve Davis, who has won the title on six occasions, starts his 30th campaign in Sheffield against Mark King.

The 52-year-old, who won all six of his world championships in the 1980s with his last coming in 1989, said: "I baulk at being happy because I know how hard it is at the Crucible.

"It's not so much about who you play as how you play and you can talk yourself into one player being easier than another, but there are certain players you'd be happy to avoid so once you've avoided them you can't be displeased."

The 'Nugget', whose provisional ranking for next season has dropped to 27, is looking forward to seeing matches involving two of the three Chinese players in the last 32.

"From the point of view of excitement it's about the Chinese players," he said.

"We don't know what Liang is capable of but I don't suppose he's too happy, although I don't imagine Ronnie will be absolutely delighted to play a player who is on the up.

"We also have an unknown quantity in 18-year-old Zhang who has drawn the most established player at the Crucible in Stephen Hendry.

"That's a fascinating match and Hendry will want to get through to prove he's still got a future.

 

"But he's got a player he's probably never seen before and he certainly wouldn't know him if he walked past him in the street.

"We don't know what he's capable of but Stephen has got to go out and justify his existence as a snooker player."

The clash between the favourite O'Sullivan and Wenbo, who has jumped into the top 16 in the provisional rankings, should be an intriguing encounter.

The 'Rocket' defeated Wenbo in the 2008 world quarter-finals 13-7 when the Chinese star was making his crucible debut.

China's third player in the tournament and provisionally ranked seven, Ding Junhui, will face England's Stuart Pettman.

Other notable matches include this year's Masters champion Mark Selby beginning his quest against 1997 champion Ken Doherty while the 2002 world champion Peter Ebdon takes on the 2006 winner Graeme Dott.

It will be a rematch for Ebdon and Dott, following their epic battle in the world final four years ago with the Scot coming through 18-14 at a staggering time of 1253 in the morning.

The World Championship takes place between 17 April-3 May in Sheffield.

snooker champions Monday 07 July, 2008
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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 April 2007, 10:03 GMT 11:03 UK
Crucible facts and figures
Statistical information on the World Snooker Championship.


Champions

Year Winner Score Runner up
2006 Graeme Dott 18-14 Peter Ebdon
2005 Shaun Murphy 18-16 Matthew Stevens
2004 Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-8 Graeme Dott
2003 Mark Williams 18-16 Ken Doherty
2002 Peter Ebdon 18-17 Stephen Hendry
2001 Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-14 John Higgins
2000 Mark Williams 18-16 Matthew Stevens
1999 Stephen Hendry 18-11 Mark Williams
1998 John Higgins 18-12 Ken Doherty
1997 Ken Doherty 18-12 Stephen Hendry
1996 Stephen Hendry 18-12 Peter Ebdon
1995 Stephen Hendry 18-9 Nigel Bond
1994 Stephen Hendry 18-17 Jimmy White
1993 Stephen Hendry 18-5 Jimmy White
1992 Stephen Hendry 18-14 Jimmy White
1991 John Parrott 18-11 Jimmy White
1990 Stephen Hendry 18-12 Jimmy White
1989 Steve Davis 18-3 John Parrott
1988 Steve Davis 18-11 Terry Griffiths
1987 Steve Davis 18-14 Joe Johnson
1986 Joe Johnson 18-12 Steve Davis
1985 Dennis Taylor 18-17 Steve Davis
1984 Steve Davis 18-16 Jimmy White
1983 Steve Davis 18-6 Cliff Thorburn
1982 Alex Higgins 18-15 Ray Reardon
1981 Steve Davis 18-12 Doug Mountjoy
1980 Cliff Thorburn 18-16 Alex Higgins
1979 Terry Griffiths 24-16 Dennis Taylor
1978 Ray Reardon 25-18 Perrie Mans
1977 John Spencer 25-21 Cliff Thorburn
1976 Ray Reardon 27-16 Alex Higgins


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marco fu Wednesday 02 July, 2008

Marco Fu

 
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Marco Fu Ka-chun (Chinese name: 傅家俊; b. January 8, 1978), best known as Marco Fu, is a professional snooker player from Hong Kong, China.

Marco Fu
Born January 8, 1978 (1978-01-08) (age 30)
Nationality T-
emplate:Country data Hong Kong Chinese
Chinese
Professional 1998–
Highest r-
anking
#14 (2008/09)
2008/09 ranking #14
Career winnings GB£6-
90,765[1]
Hi-
ghest break
147 (2000)>[2]
Tournament wins
Ranking 1
Non-ranking 1

Contents

 Life and career

Marco Fu was born in Hong Kong and emigrated to Canada with his parents at the age of 12. After his high school graduation at age 18, Hong Kong Billiard Sports Control Council Co. Ltd President Joseph Lo invited him to return to Hong Kong to begin his career as a professional snooker player.[3]-

In 1998, the year he turned professional, Fu reached the final of the >Grand Prix, beating Ronn-
ie O'Sullivan
(5-4) and then Peter Ebdon (6-1) in the process.>[4] An in-form Stephen Lee proved too strong for Fu in the final, defeating him 9-2, but Fu nevertheless rose dramatically through the rankings, reaching number 15 in the world for the 2000/01 season.>[2] When he first turned professional, he was ranked 377th in the world.>[4]

He was voted WPBSA Newcomer of the Year[1] and WSA Young Player of the Year in 1999.>[4]

Tipped by many pundits as a potential champion of the game, >[2] Fu's subsequent performance was disappointing, and he slid back down the rankings. His only real achievement of note over the next five years was reaching the semi-finals of the Welsh Open in 2003. In this tournament, Fu whitewashed Stephen Lee 5-0 in the quarter-finals before losing his semi-final 6-4 to Stephen Hendry, who went on to win the title.[5]-

In the 2003 World Championship three months later Fu reached the first of his two World Championship quarter-finals to date. In what Snooker Scene magazine described as "one of the greatest upsets in the history of the game", the unseeded 25-year-old knocked out world No. 1 and runaway favourite Ronn-
ie O'Sullivan
in the first round of the tournament. Fu dominated this match from the outset, opening up a 6-3 overnight lead; and although O'Sullivan made three centuries (including a ma-
ximum 147 break
) while recovering, Fu never looked to be in trouble and won 10-6.[6] Fu subsequently eliminated Alan McManus 13-7 in the second round[7] before losing 13-9 to Stephen Lee in his quarter-final.[8]

Although he regained a top 16 position for 2004/2005 after a consistent 2003/2004 season, he only spent one season back in the top 16, dropping down to #22 after a less successful season in 2005-2006.[9]-

However, he had a good 2006 World Championship, beating three seeded players - Alan McManus 10-3, Stephen Maguire 13-4, and Ken Doherty 13-10 - to reach the semi-finals, where he lost to world no.7 and 2002 world champion Peter Ebdon 17-16. In that match, Fu was 15-9 down with only one session left to play, but won seven out of the next eight frames to send the match into the deciding frame, which Ebdon eventually won.>[10] Fu's success in this tournament can be largely attributed to working with coach Terry Griffiths. Marco had used Griffiths for a short while some years ago - but did not commit to the necessary changes in technique.>[2]

2006-07 was not hugely successful. He skipped the UK Championship [11] to play in the Asian games (winning two medals there), and, largely due to the fact that he was affected by a virus, was unable to repeat his World Championship form of the previous year, losing 10-3 to Anthony Hamilton in the first round,[1-
2]
a defeat that saw Fu start the 2007/2008 season ranked 27th in the world - a drop of five places.[11]

Nine years after his first appearance in a ranking final at the 1998 Grand Prix, Fu won the 2007 Royal London Watches Grand Prix — his first ever victory in a ranking event. After defeating the reigning World Champion John Higgins in the first knockout round 5-4, Liu Song 5-0 in the quarter-final and Gerard Greene 6-5 in the semi-final, he faced Ronn-
ie O'Sullivan
in the final.[1-
3]
After falling 4-3 behind at the mid-session interval, he went on to win 9-6, with a break of 76 in the final frame.[14] Previously, Fu’s biggest title has been the invitational H-
asseroder Premier League
which he captured in 2003, beating Mark Williams 9-5 in the final in Sunderland>. This was the first time the title went outside of the British Isles.[15]

Fu is a prolific break-builder.[16] He achieved his highest break of 147 in 2000 at the Regal Scottish Masters>[2] and has compiled 147 competitive century breaks during his career.[17] He qualified for the 2008 World Championship, with a 10-3 win over Alan McManus [1-
8]
. He played China's Ding Junhui in the first round of 2008 World Championship, and it was a empatic fight, which he unfortunately lost 10-9.[19]

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