Marco Fu vs Mark Williams: Six Red World Championship 2017 Semi-Final Preview – In-form duo eye final berth

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Live Snooker on Thursday: Six Red World Championship 2017 – Day Four preview and order of play

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Marvellous Marco Fu through to the Six Red World Championship semi-finals as Ding bows out

Williams has certainly had his eye in this week (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Williams has certainly had his eye in this week (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Mark Williams will be aiming to continue his perfect record at the 2017 Six Red World Championship when he locks horns with Marco Fu in the semi-finals in Bangkok on Friday.

Both players are making their first appearance in the Last Four of the annual six-red tournament, and shall be eager to extend their best-ever run by going on to lift the trophy on Saturday.

Williams comes into the clash full of confidence and momentum, having won each of his five matches so far in the Thai capital.

The two-time World champion claimed maximum points in Group F – pipping Mark King to top spot and conceding just seven frames along the way.

He then overcame world number 13 Kyren Wilson 6-3 in the Last 16, before winning five consecutive frames from 2-1 down to brush aside Michael Holt 6-2 in the quarter-finals and eclipse his two previous runs to the same stage in 2013 and 2014.

Having eclipsed his previous best performance in this event, Williams has also continued his impressive recent record in Asia, where he has reached the Last Eight or better in each of the last three tournaments entered.

Fu sent reigning champion Ding Junhui packing on Thursday (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

However, the Welshman will not be taking anything for granted ahead of facing Fu, who is also riding the crest of a wave after some strong displays in Bangkok.

After topping Group F with two wins from three, the world number six enjoyed victories of a very contrasting nature as the knockout stage got underway on Thursday.

First, he stormed to a comprehensive 6-1 thrashing of reigning champion Ding Junhui, but was in trouble at 5-2 behind against Graeme Dott in the quarter-finals.

Nevertheless, facing the prospect of a second consecutive Last-Eight exit, Fu showed tremendous character by winning each of the last four frames to snatch a narrow 6-5 success.

The head-to-head record between the two players is finely poised with 11 wins apiece, although Williams was a 5-1 winner in their most recent showdown which, ironically, came at this event in 2015.

Either 2015 champion Thepchaiya Un-Nooh or two-time ranking event winner Anthony McGill awaits the victor of this encounter in Saturday’s final.

Play gets underway at 9.30am BST on Friday and will be contested over the best of 13 frames in Bangkok.