Marco Fu
MARCO FU became the final player to qualify for the winners' group of 2013 Championship League Snooker as he capped a fine two days with a 3-0 victory over Stephen Maguire at Crondon Park Golf Club.

 

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Fu had earlier won five of his six league matches before completing the play-offs without conceding a frame. He had also recorded five of the seven centuries recorded in the event.

 

It was a disappointing four straight final defeats for Maguire as he was eliminated from the tournament he first entered in Group 2, but he can console himself with a total haul of £24,600.

 

Fu was delighted to have come good at such an important part of the season; "I played well and it was one of those things where everything went for me, all the kisses and everything.

 

"Also, nobody played that well against me. I haven't been playing that well lately so it's nice to get some form before China and then the World Championship and hopefully I can continue like this tomorrow."

 

The final stage of the 2013 event commences on Wednesday as the champions of the seven groups convene to determine the destination of over around £40,000 in prize money. Joining Fu will be a stellar line up consisting of John Higgins, Martin Gould, Ding Junhui, Barry Hawkins, Mark Allen and Ali Carter.

 

Earlier, Maguire disposed of Andrew Higginson in his semi-final, while Fu took care of Robert Milkins. The Gloucester man very nearly missed out as mistakenly believing he had not qualified for the play-offs as the final group matches concluded, he sped off back towards the West Country. Eventually contacted by phone he made it back to Crondon with 30 minutes to spare.

 

The Championship League Snooker event is a venture between Matchroom Sport and Perform where 25 of the game's finest players compete with all matches broadcast on a host of betting websites.

 

Each group features seven players with each man playing the other six once in a round-robin basis. Every match is the best of five and the winner gains one point with the loser getting zero.

 

At the end of the league phase the top four advances to that group's semi-finals where the two winners meet in the final and the winner advances to the Winners' Group at the end of March.

 

The losing finalist, two losing semi-finalists and player finishing fifth move into the next group where they are joined by three new players and the process is repeated.

 

Results

 

Stephen Maguire 2-3 Tom Ford

75-1 (Maguire 63), 31-70 (Ford 31), 11-73 (Ford 73), 91-0 (Maguire 91), 4-116 (Ford 40, 76)

 

Marco Fu 3-2 Andrew Higginson

61-68, 78-4 (Fu 78), 20-87 (Higginson 87), 80-0 (Fu 40, 40), 70-62 (Fu 57)

 

Dominic Dale 3-2 Robert Milkins

16-65 (Milkins 43), 0-96 (Milkins 90), 62-19 (Dale 36), 60-40, 64-44

 

Ryan Day 2-3 Tom Ford

9-129 (Ford 56, 73), 38-91 (Day 30, Ford 70), 83-31 (Day 62), 67-1 (Day 52), 56-68 (Day 45, Ford 39)

 

Marco Fu 3-1 Robert Milkins

38-78 (Fu 37, Milkins 78), 79-1 (Fu 78), 91-2 (Fu 91), 134 (Fu 134)

 

Stephen Maguire 3-2 Andrew Higginson

8-55 (Higginson 32), 96-5 (Maguire 91), 54-55, 67-6 (Maguire 45), 58-41

 

Ryan Day 2-3 Andrew Higginson

37-66 (Higginson 47), 71-16 (Day 30), 64-1 (Day 39), 31-67 (Higginson 34), 17-69

 

Marco Fu 3-1 Tom Ford

68-25 (Fu 31), 101-0 (Fu 101), 33-87 (Fu 33, Ford 73), 71-24 (Fu 57)

 

Stephen Maguire 3-0 Dominic Dale

109-7 (Maguire 109), 58-42, 77-13 (Maguire 51)

 


Semi-Finals

Marco Fu 3-0 Robert Milkins

80-1 (Fu 56), 61-53 (Fu 39), 89-5 (Fu 89)

 

Stephen Maguire 3-1 Andrew Higginson

89-20 (Maguire 80), 6-71 (Higginson 53), 67-10 (Maguire 42), 57-6 (Maguire 35)

 

Final

Marco Fu 3-0 Stephen Maguire

79-39 (Fu 45, 34), 62-57 (Fu 54), 106-0 (Fu 93)

 

Century breaks

140 - Marco Fu v Ryan Day

137 - Marco Fu v Ryan Day

134 - Marco Fu v Robert Milkins

129 - Marco Fu v Dominic Dale

129 - Andrew Higginson v Dominic Dale

109 - Stephen Maguire v Dominic Dale

101 - Marco Fu v Tom Ford


 

Notes: Championship League Snooker is a joint venture between Matchroom Sport and Perform Group. Taking place from January to March, the event features 25 of the world's best players and is streamed exclusively to 29 major betting sites around the world.

 

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