INTERNATIONAL Championship semi-finalist Marco Fu has spoken of his delight after finally giving his loyal Chinese fans something to cheer about.
The Hong Kong star, ranked eleven in the world, secured his first ranking semi-final in a Chinese event after coming back from behind to defeat world number two Mark Selby.
Fu stands just one win away from reaching his third ranking final of the 2013/14 season after winning the Australian Open in July and then becoming the runner up of a PTC event held in Doncaster just weeks later.
He also made the final of the German Masters back in February where he lost to Ali Carter.
But after his stunning comeback win, Fu said he was delighted to be giving something back to his Chinese fans after several disappointments in the past.
“This will be my first semi-final at a ranking tournament in China,” he said. “I lost first round matches many times and my best performance here was quarter-finals.
“I really want to have a good run here because I have a lot of Chinese fans. Unfortunately I let them down most of the time. I hope my momentum goes on.”
Standing in Fu’s way is Joe Perry who is also enjoying one of his best seasons in recent times.
The world number 19 won this season’s first Asian PTC event and on Friday will play his first major ranking semi-final since the World Championship of 2008.
Perry said he is enjoying the season so far but admitted to being fortunate to still be in the tournament after trailing Jamie Jones 5-1 on the opening day.
“This season is going really well,” he said. “Mentally I feel strong and I’m confident. It’s nice to be back in the semis.
“Anything this week is a bonus because I should have lost my first match, I was 5-1 down to Jamie Jones and came back to win 6-5. I got out of jail and it has gone well for me since then.
“I just hope I can keep this form going, if so I’ve got every chance.”