World Grand Prix: Hawkins Thrashes Wenbo To Reach Final

By Jack Wynne - Reporter

Barry Hawkins booked his place in the World Grand Prix final with a 6-1 demolition of Liang Wenbo.

Hawkins was pleased to beat quality players like Wenbo, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson on the way.

“When you first come here and look at the draw it looks like a tough one but with the short format if you can win a couple of frames it is anyone’s,” he said.

“I’m absolutely delighted to beat someone like Judd [Trump], Neil [Robertson] and then Liang [Wenbo] who has been in great form this season.”

The Hawk’s last final appearance at a ranking event came in the Northern Ireland Open, which he lost to Mark King.

Hawkins established an early lead and never looked back, winning the next four frames without reply and hitting two century breaks along the way.

The other semi-final is between Ryan Day and Marco Fu, with both players keen to feature in the tournament’s conclusion tomorrow and be in with a chance of taking home £100,000 in prize money.

There have been 10 meetings between the pair, with Fu emerging victorious in six of the encounters – the most recent matchup was at the 2016 Northern Ireland Open where Fu recorded a 4-3 win against Day in the first round.

 

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