World number five Hawkins, runner-up at the Crucible in 2013 and a semi-finalist last year, was hauled back from 9-4 to 9-9 before eventually taking the deciding frame to set up a last 16 clash with Mark Allen. Compiling break of 51, 61, 91, 64, 70 and 65 saw a comfortable lead for Hawkins at the end of first session, 7-2. His opponent won the first two frames of the second session with breaks of 64 and 50 to close the gap. Hawkins responded with 79 and 88 to restore his five-frame cushion, making it 9-4 at the interval. Romford’s Selt stormed back to win five frames in a row, firing runs of 61, 51, 102, 109 and 94 for 9-9. He went for a long red early in the decider but missed his target. Hawkins made 32 then played safe, before potting a long red and adding 43 which proved enough to win the decider 75-7.
“It’s a terrible feeling when someone is coming back at you, there’s nothing worse,” said Hawkins. “You see your lead disappearing and your opponent growing in confidence, and bouncing around the table. It’s a horrible place to be.”
“I couldn’t help but think back to the match against Bond at the UK. You think of what people are going to say afterwards – that you’ve got clincher’s disease. It’s hard to keep your composure. But I don’t think anyone can say I’ve got no bottle now.”
Mark Allen won nine consecutive frames in a 10-3 rout of Ryan Day to move into the last 16 of the World Championship. Day saw himself having a chance of leading 3-0, but missed the position on a red while being on a 42 points break and failed to keep the big pressure on Mark Allen, the Northern Irish producing a winning break of 73 points before Day secured the fourth with a 79 points break, leading 3-1 at the interval. After the break Allen managed to give his confidence a boost in as he produced two winning breaks, 67 and 81, for 3-3. Day began to miss easy balls and several positions, losing the crucial scrappy frame 7 and 8, before Allen closed the first session with a century of 101 points for a 6-3 advantage. The match ended in the first half of second session as Allen won all four frames with breaks of 63, 54, 58, and 92.
“I felt good and scored well,” said world number 12 Allen, nicknamed the Pistol. “The turning point was winning the fifth frame after Ryan had a chance to go 4-1 up. After that I never looked back. He seemed edgy which was weird because he was the better player early on. He missed a lot of chances so even though I won nine frames in a row, I only really played my C game and I can get a lot better.
“I was scoring well but I need to work on my safety because later in the tournament I’ll need to be better in that department.”
H2H: Allen 8-1
Prediction: Mark Allen to advance.
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