Hawkins Soars into Cazoo Champion of Champions Semis with Commanding Wins

Hawkins Soars(Picture Source: World Snooker)

Barry Hawkins dominated the competition on Tuesday, securing a spot in his first Cazoo Champion of Champions semi-final. Following his impressive 4-0 victory over World Champion Luca Brecel in the afternoon Group 2 opener, Hawkins continued his winning streak by defeating Robert Milkins 6-2 in the evening.

Hawkins showcased clinical precision against Milkins, who had caused a surprise in the afternoon with a 4-2 triumph over veteran Mark Williams. The 44-year-old Hawkins is now set to face the winner of Group Three on Friday in the semi-finals.

Expressing his satisfaction with the win, Hawkins acknowledged the challenging competition in all the groups, stating, “I’m delighted to get through because all the groups here are tough with tournament winners. They are all great players. It’s a short format in the first match, so it could be anyone who gets through.”

In the evening match against Milkins, Hawkins took an early lead in a tight opening frame, eventually extending his advantage to 4-0 with breaks of 55 and 83. Although Milkins fought back to 5-2, Hawkins sealed the victory in the eighth frame with another impressive run of 83.

Earlier in the day, Hawkins swiftly defeated World Champion Luca Brecel in just 55 minutes, showcasing breaks of 128, 50, 59, and 108. Milkins, who had earlier triumphed over Mark Williams, top-scored with 74 in that match.

Wednesday’s Group 1 action at Bolton’s Toughsheet Stadium will proceed without Ronnie O’Sullivan, who withdrew from the tournament on Tuesday morning. He was replaced by China’s Ding Junhui. The group features another Chinese star, Zhang Anda, fresh from his weekend triumph in the International Championship.

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