Updated: 04/24/2014 06:11 | By Agence France-Presse

Fu ends Gould world championship jinx

Hong Kong ace cuesman Marco Fu set up a second round clash with former world champion Shaun Murphy at this year's snooker world championships with a fine 10-7 win over Englishman Martin Gould on Wednesday.


Fu ends Gould world championship jinx

Marco Fu of China plays a shot during the World Snooker Championship 2014 first round match against Martin Gould of England at The Crucible in Sheffield on April 23, 2014 - by Andrew Yates

Fu, seeded seven, had lost to Gould on the previous two occasions they had met at the championships, bowing out in the first round in 2010 and 2011.

However, the 36-year-old -- whose best performance at the championships was reaching the semi-finals in 2006 -- kept his nerve to repel a late challenge by Gould to seal his place in the last 16 against 2005 world champion Murphy.

Two former beaten finalists also went through, English duo Judd Trump and Barry Hawkins.

Trump, losing finalist in 2011, eked out an unimpressive 10-8 win over Tom Ford while Hawkins, who lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan in last year's final, cruised through 10-4 against compatriot David Gilbert.

Australian world number one and 2010 world champion Neil Robertson looks comfortably set for the second round as he holds a 7-2 overnight lead on Englishman Robbie Williams which also included two century breaks, taking his total for the season to an astonishing 95.

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