Marco Fu suffers first round exit at Snooker World Championships

17:38, April 21, 2011      

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Marco Fu of Chinese Hong Kong competes during his first round match against Martin Gould of England in 2011's World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, Britain, April 20, 2011. Gould won by 10-8 to enter the last 16. (Xinhua/Xiu Kun)

Marco Fu from Hong Kong suffered first round exit at the Snooker World Championships as the world No. 21 was defeated by Martin Gould 10-8 at Sheffield on Wednesday.

Fu, 33 led the tie 6-3 after the first session on Tuesday but saw his opponent winning five frames in a row in the second session. Fu did struggle to pull two frames back but was not good enough to hold back Gould.

Gould, beating Fu also in the first round at last year's World Championships, will face rising star Judd Trump in the round of last 16.

"Judd's become much more of an all-round player. His safety has improved, although I don't think either of us will be playing much safety," said the 29-year-old Gould.

Trump, 21, saw off defending champion Neil Robertson in the first round on Saturday. Earlier this month, he grabbed his first ever ranking title at China Open in Beijing.

Mark Allen came back from 6-9 to edge Matthew Stevens 10-9, setting up a clash with Barry Hawkins, who ousted world No. 7 Stephen Maguire.

Mark Selby and John Higgins seem likely to grab the last two places in the second round. Selby leads Jimmy Robertson 8-1 while Higgins is 6-3 ahead of Stephen Lee after the first session.

Source: Xinhua

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