ALI CARTER made a winning return to action on Monday following treatment for lung cancer.
Carter, a three time ranking event winner, defeated Marco Fu 4-1 in the General Cup, an invitation tournament in Hong Kong. “All things considered a great start for me beating a top player like Marco. Onwards and upwards,” he tweeted afterwards.
In a confident start to the tournament, Carter compiled three breaks of 55 to establish a 3-0 lead. Fu won the fourth but Carter closed out the match in the fifth frame.
The 35 year-old Englishman has not played competitively since the World Championship after being diagnosed with a form of lung cancer which required extensive chemotherapy treatment. Carter had been due to return at the recent Bulgaria Open but underwent surgery which left him with a pain in his arm.
Carter had previously been treated for testicular cancer and has played at the top level for the last decade despite having Crohn’s disease.
The General Cup is played under a group format, with Carter also meeting Shaun Murphy and Liang Wenbo in the round robin section. The other group features Jimmy White, Ricky Walden, Joe Perry and Mark Davis.
In other early results, Davis made a break of 110 in beating Perry 4-0 while Murphy eased to a 4-1 victory over Liang. The tournament runs until Sunday.
Photographs by Monique Limbos.