Judd Trump is the first name through to the Coral English Open final, as he steps up his bid to win back to back tournaments.
The 27-year-old, who’s now won 14 matches in a row after victory at last week’s European Masters, would be the first player since Ding Junhui in 2013 to claim consecutive ranking wins.
Meanwhile, his opponent Barry Hawkins was looking to take the title this weekend and secure a spot in next month’s Champion of Champions event in Coventry.
Hawkins started the match strongly and made a composed run of 64 to go one ahead. Trump levelled and then took to the next with a break of 81, giving him a 2-1 lead.
At 3-1 down, Hawkins made the only century of the match with a contribution of 114, as he looked to force his way back into the game. Trump responded quickly by taking the next frame to regain his two frame advantage at 4-2.
Hawkins had plenty of chances during the match and it was an encounter punctuated by missed opportunities from the 37-year-old.
Hawkins struggled to recreate his form from yesterday.
The crucial moment of the match came in the seventh frame. Both players made middling contributions, before breaking down. With Hawkins needing the remaining colours to force a re-spotted black, he potted a brilliant green and cleared with a break of 22. It looked set to go 4-3 after Trump left the red near the bottom right hand pocked with the first shot. Hawkins looked uneasy on the pot and rattled it in the jaws. A loose safety then handed Trump the simplest of opportunities to move 5-2 ahead and he took it.
Hawkins make a break of 48 in the following frame, before missing another black off the spot to let Trump back in. It eventually came down to the final black, which the Juddernaught deposited to secure his progress.
“It was a flattering scoreline. He played some good stuff and put me under a lot of pressure. It was just a couple of clearances that changed the game. He missed a couple of blacks off the spot which could have changed things,” said Trump. “I think consistency is key at the moment. I haven’t really had a bad game. Even though I’m not playing brilliantly this week. This week is about consistency and not missing anything easy.”