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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Fu, the Asian Games is hard work
Agence France-Presse, PTI
Busan, October 04, 2002
First Published: 10:57 IST(4/10/2002)
Last Updated: 10:57 IST(4/10/2002)

Winning Asian Games gold is tougher and more nerve-wracking than competing for cash, Hong Kong snooker star Marco Fu said on Friday.

Fu, one of the leading players in the world, needed all his experience to guide Hong Kong to their second straight snooker team gold with a 2-1 win over China.

The talented Fu edged Pang Weiguo three frames to two in a nail-biting climax to the encounter. He started the final frame with a quick-fire half century break and Pang could not respond.

"It is tougher playing here than at a professional tournament. We are asked to play four or five matches here a day which is an exhausting schedule," said Fu, the former world number 15.

"The pressure was really on me in the last frame of the final but luckily Peng appeared a bit more nervous. It was a strong Chinese team."

Fu and Chan Kwok-ming were in the team which took gold four years ago in Bangkok with a win over hosts Thailand.

Fung Kwok-wai was the new player in the squad and he set up the victory with a hard-fought triumph over upcoming star Ding Junhui.

The 15-year-old Ding, the World and Asian junior champion, had the upper hand against Fung but missed a brown when clearing the colours in the third frame and lost his way.

Fu has now set his sights on double gold, an achievement which eluded him in Bangkok when Pakistans Shokat Ali lifted the individual title.

"I am going to give it my best shot but it will be tough to win the singles," said Fu. "There are a lot of good players in the competition and the schedule is hard."

Win or lose, Fu will head to England on Sunday for the LG Cup, the first ranking tournament of the new season.


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