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Hawkins Beats Wilson In Germany

Hawkins celebrates with the trophy and son Harrison

Barry Hawkins won the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany, edging out Kyren Wilson 4-3 in the final.

World number ten Hawkins won four matches at the 16-man invitation event in Fürth to take the title for the first time.

Wilson was looking to win the tournament for a second consecutive year, but just missed out in a close final.

Londoner Hawkins lost the opening frame then made breaks of 63 and 120 to lead 2-1. World number eight Wilson compiled runs of 59 and 52 as he went 3-2 ahead, and he had a match-winning chance in frame six, but broke down on 57.

Hawkins made a superb 41 clearance to level at 3-3, then fired a run of 69 to win the decider.

“It was a strong field and it’s tough to win any tournament,” said 40-year-old Hawkins. “To win a title early in the season puts me in good stead. In spells during the weekend I played really well and scored well. There are two big tournaments coming up in China so hopefully I can keep this form going.

“I was feeling tired in the final, it was a bit scrappy. It was a huge frame to go 3-3 because I thought it was game over. I potted a good long red and managed to clear up. Then in the last frame I held myself together. The fans here are some of the best in the world, it’s always a great atmosphere.”

Earlier in the semi-finals, Hawkins edged out Joe Perry 4-3 while Wilson beat Luca Brecel 4-1.