UK Championship (2011) Day 5 - Fu sees off world number one

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Marco Fu sees off Mark Selby
The last two matches of the Last 16 round saw the Kong Kong man, Marco Fu defeating world number one Mark Selby 6-3, while Mark Allen continued his impeccable run and beat Captain Ali Carter 6-2.

The season started in the best possible way for Mark Selby who won the Wuxi Classic, then the Shanghai Masters, but also Players Tour Championship Event 4 (aka. Paul Hunter Classic). At the UK Championship he had a brilliant start by whitewashing Ryan Day 6-0. Still, during the snooker meeting with Marco Fu, he didn't seem as focused as before and his game wasn't a fluent one.

Fu took control of the match 2-0 with a top break of 52 while the Englishman was doomed to make one mistake after another. Still, the interval was going to find the boys all square up at 2-2, as Selby regained some form to hit in breaks of 51 and 102. This was more like it: we were in for a tight snooker encounter.

Selby bouncing a black off the table
Wrong! After the break, Selby bounced a black off the table as he was reaching a 53, Fu returning for a 64 clearance that was making him the leader of the match once more. Oh, and the next frame was also going to be cashed by him.

The only frame Selby did win after the interval was the 7th one. Runs of 43 and 32 were bringing a bit of hope into Leicester man's heart, but unfortunately for him and fortunately for Marco that wasn't enough.

Fu won the next frame on the black and was lucky enough as to fluke a red during the last frame to keep building himself a nice break of 85 that was his ticket to the quarter-finals.

Mark Allen lands safely in the QFs
Back on table number two Mark Allen was heading towards the next round without any problems. The interval found him leading Ali Carter 3-1 after hitting in breaks of 78 and 101, after the 15-minutes break the Captain trying to make a comeback.

Runs of 34 and 36 were enough to win him the 5th  frame, but Allen's 70 break was restoring the two frames difference.

One more time Carter tried to take a stand by hitting a 48, but Allen responded with a 56 break and a series of 26, 22 and 20 to seal his victory at 6-2. The Captain was flying home, while Allen was flying in the quarter-finals were he's meeting Marco Fu.

Captain Carter, not very happy with his UK "flight"
Day 5 list of results can be checked below. Please note that the story behind the first two matches can be read here.

Mark Williams 3-6 Ricky Walden
Shaun Murphy 6-4 Martin Gould
Mark Selby 3-6 Marco Fu
Ali Carter 2-6 Mark Allen

Tomorrow the quarter-finals start so here's the match schedule:

Judd Trump v. Stephen Maguire
Neil Robertson v. Ding Junhui

Ricky Walden v. Shaun Murphy
Mark Allen v. Marco Fu
*all hours are UK time

TV coverage
12:30 - 15:30 British EuroSport
12:30 - 15:30 British EuroSport 2
12:30 - 16:30 BBC Two
19:00 - 20:00 BBC Two
19:30 - 22:00 British EuroSport 2
20:15 - 22:00 British EuroSport
23:20 - 00:10 BBC Two (the highlights)

Also, you can watch the lads online at and at