World Snooker Championship: Alan McManus & Marco Fu progress

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    McManus beats former champion Higgins

    Qualifier Alan McManus beat four-time champion John Higgins 13-11 to reach the World Championship semi-finals for the first time since 1993.

    McManus, 45, trailed 5-3, 7-5, 9-7 and 10-8, but played with calmness and fluency in the closing stages.

    The world number 29 scored four half-centuries and a 128 to win five of the last six frames and will face fellow qualifier Ding Junhui in the last four.

    Marco Fu held off a brilliant Barry Hawkins comeback to win 13-11.

    Hong Kong’s Fu will face world number one Mark Selby, with both semi-finals starting on Thursday.

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    • World Championship scores and schedule

    ‘Don’t call me a veteran’

    McManus said his first ranking semi-final appearance since 2006 was not as big a shock to him as it seemed to be to everyone else.

    “I can and I can’t believe this is happening,” he said.

    “You guys keep calling me a veteran and I’m thinking ‘give me a break’. At 45, I guess I’m getting on a little bit.


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