History repeats as Hawkins fights back to beat Walden

Barry Hawkins. Picture by Monique Limbos

Barry Hawkins. Picture by Monique Limbos

BARRY Hawkins reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship for a second year running after he fought back from behind to beat Ricky Walden.

History repeated itself at the Crucible this afternoon as, like last year in their semi-final clash, Hawkins produced the goods in the final session to knock out the Chester based potter.

Hawkins, who made the final last year after beating Walden, needs just two more wins to make his second consecutive world final. He next plays the winner of Dominic Dale and Michael Wasley.

Trailing 9-7 at the start of the final session, Hawkins made the perfect start as a break of 104 put him just one frame behind at 9-8.

Walden responded in brilliant fashion as a break of 93 edged him closer to the winning line to go 10-8 in front.

But world number four Hawkins showed his battling qualities as he took the next two frames to level the match at 10-10 going into the mid-session interval and left the remaining finale beautifully poised.

After the restart the match begun to swing in Hawkins’ favour as he dominated the 21st frame to take the lead only for Walden to hit back with a 53 clearance to level the scores at 11-11.

But Hawkins, who won the PTC Grand Finals last month, continued his dominance and won the two frames he needed in convincing fashion to get over the winning line.

Elsewhere, breaks of 70, 76 and 78 helped Judd Trump make a good start in his second round match against Ryan Day.

Trump, who beat Tom Ford in the opening round, leads 6-2 going into Sunday’s second session which starts at 2.30pm.

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