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World Snooker Championship 2018: Barry Hawkins beats Ding Junhui to reach semi-finals

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Barry Hawkins beats top seed Ding Junhui in quarters - best five shots
bbc.comWorld number six Barry Hawkins had no trouble closing out a 13-5 win over Ding Junhui to knock out the World Championship favourite and highest seed left in the tournament.Hawkins, the 2013 runner-up, scored eight half-centuries and a 113 to lead the Chinese star 11-5 overnight.A scrappy opening frame on Wednesday went the way of the Englishman, 39.
And the left-hander won his fifth frame in a row with a break of 124 to see off an out-of-sorts world number three.
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Hawkins, who faces either Mark Williams or Ali Carter in the semi-finals, said: "I punished him every time he made a mistake and when someone is doing that against you, it is easy to miss a few."I managed to keep him under pressure. And there is a lot of pressure on his shoulders too."Winning 6-2 last night was huge and I am happy to get over the line. I felt like he gave up at the end."
Analysis
Peter Ebdon, 2002 world championBarry is one of the best match players on tour and his record at the Crucible over the last few years is amazing.He would be a very worthy world champion but so would all the players left in the tournament.Barry has gone through the gears. He has such a brilliant technique; it's so smooth. There isn't much that can go wrong with it.
Higgins hits back against Trump
Four-time champion John Higgins won five frames in a row against Judd Trump as he fought back from 7-3 down to level the scores at 8-8 going into tonight's final session.World number four Trump, 28, quickly extended his overnight lead with a break of 89 and then pinched the next frame on the black to lead by two at 7-3.The 42-year Scot had been 64 points ahead in the 10th frame and was some way off the form which saw him crush Trump's good friend Jack Lisowski 13-1 in round two.
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But world number five Higgins showed his resilience by knocking in three more half-centuries in the next four frames to get back to within one at 7-6 down.An outrageous fluked green when in trouble in frame 14 saw him draw level and the final two frames were shared.Higgins knocked in his eighth break of more than 50 in the match before Bristolian Trump responded. The match plays to a finish this evening.
Elsewhere
World number nine Kyren Wilson leads Northern Ireland's Mark Allen 11-5 in the first of two afternoon encounters.The last-eight meeting between Ronnie O'Sullivan's conqueror Carter and two-time Crucible winner Williams moves into the second session in the afternoon and plays out this evening.
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