Hawkins reached his first ranking final and won his first title at the 2012 Australian Open. He played in the televised stages of every World Championship since he made his Crucible Theatre debut in 2006. In 2013 he defeated players like Selby, Ding and Walden in his way to the final, losing 12-18 to defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan. A year later he was defeated by the same player in the semi-final stage. This season was the poorest from the last three years, managing to play semi-finals in Wuxi Classic, EPT 1 & 5 plus quarter-finals by Champion of Champions and China Open.
Selt reached the final stages of the World Championship for the first time in 2013, edging Doherty 10-9 in the final stage, but going down 4-10 in the first round at Crucible in the detriment of Mark Selby. This year he won 3 difficult meetings with the same score, 10-8, the trickiest being the meeting with Jimmy White from the second round when he managed to come back from 2-7 down. In the third round against Tom Ford, Selt avoided the decisive frame by winning the 19th frame of the meeting with a clearance of 66 points after Ford missed on a 64 break.
Prediction: toss of coin.
Betting perspectives: none
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