World snooker championship: Alan Mcmanus & Marco made semis

World snooker championship: Alan Mcmanus & Marco made semis

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– World snooker championship: Alan Mcmanus & Marco made semis

–  At the ongoing 2016 world snooker championship, two Asian players have progressed to the semifinals of the competition.

World snooker championship: Alan Mcmanus & Marco made semis

World snooker championship: Alan Mcmanus & Marco made semis
Marco Fu

World snooker championship: Alan Mcmanus & Marco made semis

In the ongoing 2016 world snooker championship, two Asian players have made through to the championship’s last four.

Alan McManus has never been to this stage of the competition since coming to scene in 1993. However, has defeated four-time

World snooker championship: Alan Mcmanus & Marco made semis

champion John Higgins 13-11 to reach the World Championship semi-finals.

McManus, 45, trailed 5-3, 7-5, 9-7 and 10-8, but played with calmness and fluency in the closing stages.

The world number 29 scored four half-centuries and a 128 to win five of the last six frames and will face fellow qualifier Ding Junhui in the last four.

World snooker championship: Alan Mcmanus & Marco made semis

Elsewhere, Marco Fu denied brilliant Barry Hawkins despite comeback to win on 13-11. Hong Kong’s Fu will face world number one Mark Selby, with both semi-finals starting on Thursday.

McManus said his first ranking semi-final appearance since 2006 was not as big a shock to him as it seemed to be to everyone else.

World snooker championship: Alan Mcmanus & Marco made semis

“I can and I can’t believe this is happening,” he said.

“You guys keep calling me a veteran and I’m thinking ‘give me a break’. At 45, I guess I’m getting on a little bit.

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“I’ve never thought these sort of days were completely gone because I can play and I’m still pretty dedicated to the sport.

“I love the game, I love playing and I love playing in big arenas.”

Higgins was of praise for his fellow Scot, saying: “The Crucible brings intense pressure and I cracked and Alan didn’t. All credit to him. He’s still a fine player.”

But world number 11 Hawkins suddenly discovered the touch that had seen him beat Ronnie’ O’Sullivan in the second round to win eight out of nine frames and trail 10-9.

World snooker championship: Alan Mcmanus & Marco made semis

Fu won the next two to close to within one frame of victory and closed out the win with a nerveless 74, despite finally seeing off another brave Hawkins fightback.

That has to be the best clearance of my life,” said a relieved Fu. “I was under a lot of pressure at the end and I couldn’t really pot the last ball.

“Some of the shots I played were were horrendous – and I was choosing all the wrong shots. Under pressure, you can think a bit silly.

“I am sure I will disgusted when I look back at some of the shots. I almost threw it away, but luckily I made a good break at the end.”

World snooker championship: Alan Mcmanus & Marco made semis

The result means that it is most likely that the final becomes an all Asian affair.