Ding Junhui remains on course to win his third consecutive ranking event on Sunday as he lines up against Marco Fu in the final of the International Championship on Sunday.
The Chinese superstar has already scooped the Shanghai Masters and Indian Open in recent months and will be hoping to add a third major title to his tally for the season.
Ding is on a remarkable run of form, and could be the first player since 1990 to secure three ranking titles in a row. Stephen Hendry was the last man to perform that feat and Ding will be confident of being the first player in over two decades of making that happen.
His good form in the past two tournaments have seen him return to a career high world ranking of number four, and his run this week mean’s he’ll now move above the out of form Judd Trump into third place.
He has proven he is the man to beat in recent times, arguably playing the best snooker out of anyone on the world tour at the moment.
So far this week, he’s come past compatriot Cao Yupeng and James Wattana before seeing off the established Matthew Stevens with ease in the last 16.
Peter Ebdon made him work hard in the quarters, but Ding finished the stronger taking that one 6-3, before making his way through the semis against a resilient Graeme Dott.
He’s proved he can cut it against the top players and goes into Sunday’s final as favourite to win his fourth big tournament of 2013.
Marco Fu’s Chances
For the third time in a row at major ranking events, it’ll be an all-Asian final at the International Championship after Marco Fu secured his place after beating Joe Perry on Friday.
This could mark a new chapter in snooker competitiveness from the East, after Xiao Guodong made it to the final in Shanghai and Aditya Mehta reached the final in India.
Those two players are relative newcomers to the top of the game but Fu has been at the forefront of snooker for well over a decade.
The 35-year-old has been a professional since 1998 and the Hong Kong man is also in the form of his life, and is at a career high ranking of number six following his exploits this week.
He’s also beat a number of established players this week, including Perry in the extremely close semi-final, which ended 9-8 and Mark Selby in the quarters.
Although he’ll go into the match as the underdog, you can’t write Fu off. After all, he did beat the world number one Neil Robertson in his own back yard to scoop the Australian Goldfields Open back in July.
You can watch the final live on Eurosport, with the first session starting at 6am with the concluding session starting at 11:30am.
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