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Barry Hawkins

Barry Hawkins Professional snooker player

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Birth 23 April 1979, Ditton, Kent
Age: 41 years
Barry Hawkins
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Barry Hawkins (born 23 April 1979) is an English professional snooker player from Ditton in Kent. He turned professional in 1996, but only rose to prominence in the 2004/2005 snooker season, when he reached the last 16 of the 2004 UK Championship, the quarter-finals of the 2004 British Open, and the semi-finals of the 2005 Welsh Open. He has now spent eight successive seasons ranked inside the top 32. He reached his first ranking final and won his first ranking title at the 2012 Australian Goldfields Open.
Hawkins has played in the televised stages of every World Championship since he made his Crucible Theatre debut in 2006. He lost in the first round on his first five appearances, but reached the second round in 2011 and 2012. Rated an 80–1 outsider for the 2013 World Snooker Championship before the tournament began, he surprised many by defeating opponents including world number 1 Mark Selby and top Chinese player Ding Junhui to reach the final, which he lost to defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan. Hawkins has since reached the semi-finals the following two years running.

Career

Early career

Before taking up snooker professionally he was an office clerk. He reached the Top 32 in the rankings in 2004/2005, having reached the semi-finals of 2005's Welsh Open, as well as the last sixteen of three other tournaments.

2005/2006

In 2005/2006, he reached the semi-finals of the Grand Prix and the Welsh Open again, and also beat the high-ranked Ding Junhui to qualify for the World Championship for the first time. This cemented Hawkins' place in the Top 16 of the rankings for the 2006/2007 season.

At the World Championship in Sheffield, however, Hawkins faced former Champion Ken Doherty in the first round, and in the intimidating Crucible Theatre lost 10–1. He told the BBC that "I just couldn't perform and I don't know why... I'm gutted after such a good season to have performed like that."

2006–2009

The 2006/2007 season saw Hawkins disappointed following two strong seasons. He reached the final of the non-ranking Kilkenny Irish Masters, however his only run past the last 16 in a ranking event was at the China Open, when he reached the semi-finals, again beating Ding along the way. He had one foot in his first final against Jamie Cope in the semi final, but Cope was able to obtain the snookers he needed to stay in the match and went on to win 6–5. A first-round defeat by Fergal O'Brien at the World Championship cost him his Top 16 place, and left him outside the Top 32 on the single-year rankings.

Early in the 2007/2008 season, Hawkins won the qualifying tournament for the 2008 SAGA Insurance Masters, beating Kurt Maflin. He won five other matches, also beating top-32 players Nigel Bond and Jamie Cope. He also reached the last 16 at the Grand Prix, UK Championship and China Open.

He started the 2008/2009 season with a quarter-final appearance at the 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy, by beating Jimmy White 5–3, Marco Fu 5–2 and Ryan Day 5–3 where he played Ronnie O'Sullivan, losing 5–4 after producing a brave fightback from 4–1 to level at 4–4. He then won at least his opening match in the next four ranking events, reaching the provisional top 16. He did not qualify for the events in Wales and China, but made it to the World Championship by beating Daniel Wells 10–9, but lost in the first round, finishing one place short of a return to the top 16.

From 2006–2010, Hawkins's record at the World Championship was unsuccessful, with a win–loss record of 0–5. As well as the aforementioned one-sided defeat by Doherty, Hawkins narrowly lost in the first round the following two years as well, to Fergal O'Brien and Ali Carter respectively. Coincidentally, on both occasions Hawkins lost by very close 10–9 defeats, having recovered from 9–6 behind each time. In 2009 Hawkins missed out on a chance to take his match with former champion Graeme Dott to a deciding frame, and lost 10–8. The following year, Hawkins led defending champion John Higgins 5–3 before Higgins won seven of the next eight frames to progress.

2010/2011

Hawkins played well at the World Open (formerly the Grand Prix) in defeating Mark Selby (3–2) as well as former World Champion Ken Doherty (3–1) before losing 3–2 to Mark Williams.

Hawkins qualified for the World Championship for the sixth year running, where he was drawn against Stephen Maguire in the first round. Having never won a match at the Crucible before, Hawkins led Maguire 4–0, 5–1, 6–2 and 8–4 before seeing Maguire level the match at 8–8 and then 9–9. However, Hawkins held his nerve in the deciding frame to finally end his losing run at the World Championship. In the second round, Hawkins was defeated 13–12 by world No. 11 Mark Allen.

2011/2012

Hawkins reached the PTC Finals in the 2011/2012 season largely thanks to semi-final runs in Event 3 and Event 5. He finished 22nd on the Order of Merit, inside the top 24 who qualified. In the Finals he lost in the first round 3–4 to Jack Lisowski. Hawkins won the non-ranking Snooker Shoot-Out, a tournament where the winner of each round is determined by a single 10-minute frame. He beat Graeme Dott in the final and picked up a cheque for £32,000, the biggest of his career to date.

Hawkins best run in the ranking events came in the final and biggest tournament of the season, the World Championship. He qualified by beating David Morris and was drawn to play world number one Mark Selby, who came into the event having suffered a neck injury and only declared himself fit to play one week before. Hawkins comfortably won 10–3 to face Matthew Stevens in the second round. He led 8–6 after two sessions in a bid to reach his first quarter-final at the Crucible, but had no answer to Stevens in the latter stages as he won seven of the last 10 frames to take the match 13–11. Hawkins finished the season ranked world number 22.

Hawkins playing at German Masters 2013.

2012/2013

Hawkins began the 2012/2013 season at the Wuxi Classic, where he faced Mark Selby in the first round once more, this time losing 2–5.

First ranking title

His next ranking event was the Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo, where he defeated Xiao Guodong (5–1), Matthew Stevens (5–2), Matthew Selt (5–3), and Mark Davis (6–4) to reach the first ranking event final of his 16-year professional career. He faced Peter Ebdon and finished the first session of the match leading 5–3, which included a spell of four successive frames that meant Ebdon had not potted a ball for over an hour. In the evening session Hawkins won all four frames played to take the title with a 9–3 victory. He made three centuries in the final and climbed to world number 20 thanks to the win, as well as earning praise from Ebdon himself.

Other tournaments

Despite then losing the in first round of the Shanghai Masters and in qualifying for the International Championship, Hawkins climbed into the top 16 in November meaning he would be in the main draw in the Masters for the first time since 2007. Neil Robertson beat him 6–2 in the UK Championship and in the Masters he was 5–4 up against Judd Trump but missed two pots when well placed to win the match and instead went to lose 5–6, a result which left Hawkins "devastated". He bounced back at the next ranking event, the German Masters, by seeing off Dechawat Poomjaeng 5–2, Mark Allen 5–1 and Mark Selby 5–1 to reach the semi-finals. He lost 4–6 to Marco Fu in a long match which finished after midnight local time and included a bout of safety which lasted almost an hour. Hawkins failed to get past the second round in the World Open, China Open or Welsh Open. He played in eight of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events with his best result being a semi-final defeat by Joe Swail in the first European Tour Event. Two further quarter-final defeats saw him finish 15th on the Order of Merit to qualify for the Finals, where he lost 1–4 to Robertson in the second round.

World Championship final

At the World Championship, he put Jack Lisowski under sustained pressure with his superior safety game in a 10–3 win to face Mark Selby in the second round. Hawkins was 7–9 behind to the world number one after the second session but came back to triumph 13–10 in a win he described as the best of his career. In his first World Championship quarter-final he defeated Ding Junhui 13–7 to progress to the semi-finals, where he played Ricky Walden. Hawkins struggled for form during the first two sessions, playing some gritty snooker to trail only 6–8 with a high break of just 36 and received ironic cheers and a punch of the air from Hawkins when he made 47 in the next frame. He went on to fall 8–12 behind but then began to find his game, as Walden's deteriorated, to win eight successive frames with two centuries in the process. Despite a brief fightback from Walden, Hawkins won the match 17–14 to set up a clash in the final with defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, with Hawkins stating that he had nothing to lose now. Hawkins fought gallantly throughout the final making breaks of 127 and 133, his highest ever at the Crucible, but every time he applied pressure to his opponent, O'Sullivan responded with clinical scoring which included six century breaks and a further 10 breaks of 50 throughout the match as he defeated Hawkins 18–12. For reaching the final he received prize money of £125,000, three times more than his previous biggest pay-day. Hawkins' turnaround from being a solid player to a ranking event winner and World Championship runner-up has been credited, in part, to his work with 1979 champion Terry Griffiths who has helped to give him the self-belief to make the most of his game. His successful season saw him climb 13 spots in the rankings to a career high world number nine, the first time he has finished a season inside the top 16 since 2006.

2013/2014

After a pair of second round exits in the opening two rankings events of the 2013/2014 season, Hawkins levelled his quarter-final match against Mark Selby at the Shanghai Masters with a 140 break and then won the deciding frame to progress. In the semi-finals he was unable to match Ding Junhui's form as he was beaten 6–2. In a deciding frame against Shaun Murphy, Hawkins potted seven reds and seven blacks but had to make do with a break of 70 to take the match and reach the quarter-finals of the UK Championship for the first in his career. Hawkins led Selby 5–3, but went on to be beaten 6–5. In the semi-finals of the Welsh Open he lost 6–2 against Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Second ranking title

Hawkins played in all eight European Tour events during the season with his best result being a semi-final defeat at the Bulgarian Open, which helped him finish 25th on the Order of Merit and claim the final spot for the Finals. There he whitewashed Stephen Maguire 4–0 in the first round and then saw off Ryan Day 4–3 in an extremely tight match. Comfortable 4–1 victories over Yu Delu and Judd Trump followed as he reached the final. He faced an unlikely opponent in world number 66 and practice partner Gerard Greene. Hawkins did not give Greene a chance as he won the first two frames without him registering a point and completed a 4–0 win to take the £100,000 first prize.

At the World Championship, Hawkins played Ricky Walden in the second round, a repeat of last year's semi-final. The match was similar to the one 12 months earlier too, as Hawkins fought back from a 9–5 deficit to win 13–11. He built an 11–5 lead over Dominic Dale after two sessions of their quarter-final, but upon the resumption of play Dale incredibly won seven frames in a row to stand just one away from equalling the biggest comeback in a quarter-final at the Crucible. However, Hawkins regrouped and made breaks of 66 and 65 to win the last two frames and move into the semi-finals, where he faced Ronnie O'Sullivan in a rematch of the previous year's final. Hawkins trailed 2–6 after the first session and 5–11 after the second session, and lost the match 7–17 with a session to spare. Hawkins was the world number five at the end of the campaign, the highest he has ever finished a season.

2014/2015

Hawkins first ranking event of the 2014/2015 season was the 2014 Wuxi Classic and he beat Marco Fu 5–4 to reach the semi-finals, stating later that he was gaining more self belief due to being in the latter stages of big events more regularly. From 3–3, Neil Robertson took a trio of frames to defeat Hawkins 6–3. He was unable to build on his good start to the season however, as he could not advance beyond the last 32 of the next three ranking events and in the second round of the UK Championship he lost 6–5 to Nigel Bond after Hawkins had been 5–0 up.

In January 2015, he achieved the second maximum break of his career in his league stage match against Stephen Maguire in group 1 of the Championship League. His form in ranking events did not improve though as he was knocked out in the first round of the German Masters and PTC Grand Final and the second round of the Welsh Open. An improvement came at the China Open with wins over Gerard Greene, Dominic Dale and Stephen Maguire. In the quarter-finals he was ousted 5–3 by world number 56 Gary Wilson.

Hawkins looked to be cruising into the second round of the World Championship after he took the opening session of his match with Matthew Selt 7–2 and extended it to 9–4. However, Selt won five frames on the trot to take the match into a deciding frame which Hawkins won. Hawkins said afterwards that his poor form in the middle part of this season was down to him having a bad attitude due to the amount of snooker he has played in the last two years. Hawkins produced a great comeback in the next round against Mark Allen by winning five frames in a row to triumph 13–11 and stated that the unique atmosphere of the Crucible Theatre helps him focus harder and is the reason for his recent good form in the event. In the quarter-finals, Hawkins won six frames from 3–1 behind, restricting his opponent Neil Robertson to just eight points in the process. The tie would eventually go into a deciding frame which Hawkins won with a 61 break to reach the semi-finals for the third year in a row. It was an extremely high quality encounter, during which both players made four centuries each to equal a World Championship record for a best of 25 frame match. Hawkins endured a tough semi-final as he fell 14–3 behind Shaun Murphy and only just avoided losing with a session to spare, as he returned to be defeated 17–9.

2015/2016

Hawkins took two months off at the beginning of the season and stated that he would be more selective with the events he enters in order to remain fresh for the entire year. He returned for the minor-ranking Riga Open and won it by defeating Tom Ford 4–1 in the final. Hawkins only conceded a total of seven frames in his seven matches during the event. A series of early ranking event exits followed, but Hawkins recaptured his form at the Masters. In an event where he had never won a match in five prior appearances, Hawkins eliminated Joe Perry 6–3, Mark Allen 6–2 and Judd Trump 6–4 to set up a meeting with Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. Hawkins took the opening frame, but would lose 10–1 to equal the record of the biggest margin of defeat in a Masters final set by Steve Davis' 9–0 whitewash over Mike Hallett in 1988. In the PTC Finals, Hawkins eliminated Michael Holt 4–2, Robert Milkins 4–3 and Ding Junhui 4–2. He lost 6–3 to Ricky Walden in the semi-finals.

Hawkins met O'Sullivan in the second round of the World Championship, a player who he had not beat in 10 matches stretching back 14 years since their very first meeting. Hawkins led 9–7 after the second session and 12–9 to stand one frame away of the win. However, O'Sullivan quickly levelled the match at 12–12, but went in off during the deciding frame to allow Hawkins to be the only player to have reached the quarter-finals of the event for the past three years. Hawkins said the change from his heavy defeat to O'Sullivan at the Masters in January to beating him was playing the balls instead of the opponent and that he was proud of handling the most pressure he had ever felt during his career. The match seemed to take a lot out of Hawkins as he was 9–1 behind Marco Fu in the quarters, but he rediscovered his form to be just 10–9 and 12–11 down. In the next frame Hawkins was 60–0 ahead, before Fu made a 74 break to close out the match. Afterwards Hawkins stated that he had not slept at all after his win over O'Sullivan and was unable to focus during the first session of the Fu match.

2016/2017

After not getting past the third round in the early part of the 2016/2017 season, Hawkins reached the semi-finals of the English Open, where he lost 6–2 to Judd Trump. The next Home Nations event was the Northern Ireland Open and Hawkins again won through to the semi-finals. Anthony Hamilton came back from 4–2 and 5–3 down to send the match in to a deciding frame in which he feathered the white when well placed to hand Hawkins a chance for the match which he took. Hawkins was 5–1 ahead of Mark King in the final, before King won five frames in a row. Hawkins won a re-spotted black to make it 8–8 and then lost the deciding frame. In the second round of the UK Championship, Fergal O'Brien became the first player to make five centuries in a best-of-11 frame match as he edged out Hawkins 6–5.

Technique

Hawkins is left-handed but if he has to use the rest, he switches the cue to his right hand for better handling. Additionally, it allows him to aim better because his right eye is his objective eye.

Personal life

Hawkins has been with his partner Tara since 2001; in January 2009 they had their first child, a son named Harrison, and they were married in June 2012.

Performance and rankings timeline

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Ranking UR UR UR 195 189 85 51 42 43 30 12 19 27 17 21 22 22 9 5 8 14
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters Tournament Not Held MR A
Indian Open Tournament Not Held 1R WD NH 3R
World Open LQ A A A LQ QF LQ 3R 2R SF RR 2R 1R LQ 2R 1R 2R 2R Not Held 2R
Paul Hunter Classic Tournament Not Held Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking Event A
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ 1R 2R LQ LQ 1R SF 1R 1R 2R
European Masters LQ Tournament Not Held LQ LQ LQ 1R 2R 1R NR Tournament Not Held 2R
English Open Tournament Not Held SF
International Championship Tournament Not Held LQ 2R 2R 2R LQ
Northern Ireland Open Not Held A Tournament Not Held F
UK Championship LQ A A A 4R LQ LQ 1R 3R 2R 2R 2R 1R LQ 1R LQ 2R QF 2R 2R 2R
Scottish Open LQ A A A LQ 3R LQ LQ Tournament Not Held MR Not Held 4R
German Masters LQ A NR Tournament Not Held LQ 1R SF 2R 1R 2R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR 1R
Welsh Open LQ A A A LQ LQ 1R 1R SF SF 2R 1R LQ 2R 1R 1R 1R SF 2R 4R
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR
Players Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ 1R 2R W 1R SF
China Open NH NR A A LQ Not Held LQ LQ 1R SF 2R LQ 1R 1R 1R 2R WD QF 1R LQ
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R F SF SF QF
Ranking & variant format tournaments
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Variant Format Event
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions Tournament Not Held 1R QF 1R A
The Masters WD LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ 1R WR LQ LQ A A 1R 1R 1R F SF
Championship League Tournament Not Held RR RR RR A SF 2R RR 2R RR
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship Tournament Not Held A F SF NH 2R RR 1R A A
Former ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic LQ Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters LQ A A A LQ 1R NR Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
British Open LQ A A A LQ LQ LQ 1R QF Tournament Not Held
Irish Masters Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ 2R NH NR Tournament Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not Held NR 2R 3R QF Tournament Not Held
Bahrain Championship Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held
Wuxi Classic Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event 1R 2R SF Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Tournament Not Held LQ W 2R 1R A NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Irish Masters A A A A A A Ranking Event NH F Tournament Not Held
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held 1R Ranking
General Cup Tournament Not Held A Tournament Not Held A NH A WR SF A A NH
Former variant format tournaments
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held 1R W QF 2R 3R 1R RV
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
PA / Pro-am Event means an event is/was a pro-am event.
VF / Variant Format Event means an event is/was a variant format event.

Career finals

Ranking event finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)

Legend
World Championship (0–1)
UK Championship (0–0)
Other (2–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2012 Australian Goldfields Open England Peter Ebdon 9–3
Runner-up 1. 2013 World Snooker Championship England Ronnie O'Sullivan 12–18
Winner 2. 2014 Players Championship Grand Final Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 4–0
Runner-up 2. 2016 Northern Ireland Open England Mark King 8–9

Minor-ranking event finals: 1 (1 title)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2015 Riga Open England Tom Ford 4–1

Non-ranking finals: 8 (4 titles, 4 runners-up)

Legend
Masters (0–1)
Other (4–3)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1999 UK Tour - Event 1 England Matt Wilson 4–6
Runner-up 2. 1999 UK Tour - Event 3 England Simon Bedford 5–6
Winner 1. 1999 UK Tour - Event 4 England Craig Butler 6–1
Runner-up 3. 2007 Kilkenny Irish Masters England Ronnie O'Sullivan 1–9
Winner 2. 2008 Masters Qualifying Event Norway Kurt Maflin 6–4
Winner 3. 2010 Pro Challenge Series – Event 5 England Michael Holt 5–1
Winner 4. 2012 Snooker Shoot-Out Scotland Graeme Dott 1-0
Runner-up 4. 2016 Masters England Ronnie O'Sullivan 1–10

Variant event finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2009 Six-red World Grand Prix England White, JimmyJimmy White 6–8

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