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Marco Fu sets up Judd Trump showdown after beating Ding Junhui in Players Championship last four

Fu sets up Trump showdown after beating Ding in Players Championship last four
By PA Sport

12/03/2017 at 08:58Updated 12/03/2017 at 09:58

Marco Fu will face Judd Trump in the final of the Ladbrokes Players Championship after overcoming Ding Junhui in a tense final-frame decider in Llandudno.

Both players made a shaky start to the best-of-11 semi-final but Ding took control of the opener with a break of 99 before a tight second frame needed a respotted black to separate the two.

A mistake by the Chinese player let Fu level the scores before he went ahead with a wonderful 106 clearance but t he Hong Kong cueman let a 55-2 lead slip as world number five Ding responded with a brilliant 54 break to level it at 2-2.

Ding Junhui is looking for another title in China

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Fu took the next to regain the lead before Ding won the next three frames to put him one away from victory - including runs of 59 and 72 - but the world number nine hit back with a clearance of 61 to extend the match into a 10th frame.

Fu fought back to level at 5-5 and take it to a decider and then produced a confident 98 clearance to seal his third successive frame and a place in the final.

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