THE BALL – Hawkins and Williams drawn to ‘quarters’ of Masters (Snooker)

Englishman Barry Hawkins, 43 years outdated, thirteenth within the hierarchy, and Welshman Mark Williams, 47 years outdated, seventh within the hierarchy and three-time world champion (2000, 2003 and 2018), certified this Tuesday for within the quarters of the ultimate of the World Snooker Masters, Triple Crown competitors and the 2022/23 season that runs till Sunday, the fifteenth of this month, on the Alexandra Palace, in London, after they defeated the North Irishman Mark Allen and the Englishman David Gilbert by 6 -0 and 6-2 – respectively, and in that order – in two matches immediately within the ‘eighth’.

In the primary of the duels, within the afternoon, a memorable efficiency of the ‘hawk’ (Hawkins ‘The Hawk’), good within the defensive sport and sarcastic within the assault. After defeats in decisive duels within the Masters in 2016 (1-10, Ronnie O’Sullivan) and 2022 (4-10, Neil Robertson), Barry Hawkins is 2 victories from the third finish.

Hawkins fully pulverized Mark ‘The Pistol’ Allen, 36 years outdated, fifth within the rating, winner of the Northern Ireland Open and UK Championship within the present season – and winner of the 2018 Masters – with a ‘bicycle’ (6 -0). ) and a efficiency that, greater than successful, has the benefit of convincing. And dazzling, such is the power of a basic in these wanderings.

Hawkins at all times held the Northern Irishman, with the white effectively towards the higher backboard. He gained the primary leg, and a fantastic entry (problematic desk) of 76 factors for 2-0 was the foreshadowing of an sooner than anticipated afternoon at ‘Ally Pally’. ‘Break’ of 114 factors for 3-0 and one other ‘body’ gained with intelligence for 4-0 at halftime.

At the beginning once more, extra of the identical: two partials arrived at Hawkins to, with the spectators surrendering, shorten the agony of the impotent Allen. Another large shock on the Masters… however solely for many who have not seen it but. Hawkins expects countryman Judd Trump or Welshman Ryan Day within the ‘quarters’, Friday (7 pm).

In the night session, in the best way of the ‘Welsh Potting Machine’, Mark Williams, is David Gilbert, 41 years outdated, 18th within the rating. And ‘Willo’ gave an offensive pageant.

Gilbert added eight little factors in three partials and watched, from one of the best seat of ‘Ally Pallly’ to the Welshman, supersonic, rapidly reached 3-0 with two consecutive centuries to open – innings of 126 and 127 factors, respectively and for this. order – adopted, nearly, by the third three-digit entry (‘break’ of 95 factors). A gala Williams!

In ‘steamroller mode’, the diabolical Welshman pocketed all the pieces. It got here to the break with 4-0 and no contest from a Gilbert who, ultimately, scored 49 factors (!) within the ‘body’ earlier than the break. Right at the beginning David signed the successful entry (59 factors) and scored on the scoreboard: 1-4.

A ‘break’ of 89 factors, quickly, took the Englishman to 2-4, which gave capital significance to the seventh ‘body’, as a result of it was very totally different to be 2-5 from a attainable 3- 4. Even 55 factors was not sufficient for David to preserve the Welshman, who was just one away from the aim, with 5-2.

In the eighth spherical, even with the extraordinary look of… wasps disturbing, Gilbert starred in a rare new entry (64 factors), however Williams operated to clear up to shut the sport, authoritatively, quickly at 6-2 . ‘Willo’ will compete within the ‘quarters’, in a basic of which is essentially the most media of the variants of billiards, Thursday (13 hours), the Englishman Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Trump, Kyren and Bingham in Action Wednesday

The spherical of 16 will probably be accomplished on Wednesday, the eleventh of this month, with quantity 4 within the hierarchy, the Englishman Judd Trump, 31 years outdated, world champion in 2019 and winner of the Masters in the identical yr (10-4 in ‘ Rocket’ within the last) to measure forces, from 1 pm, towards Welshman Ryan Day, 42 years outdated, fifteenth within the hierarchy. Awaiting the winner of the duel because the opponent within the ‘quarters’ is Barry Hawkins.

In the night session (7 pm) at Alexandra Palace, it was the flip of the 2020 world runner-up and 2018 Masters runner-up (7-10 towards Mark Allen), 31-year-old Englishman Kyren Wilson, eighth within the desk – and world runner-up in 2020 – measure the forces of the 2015 world champion and winner of the Masters in 2020 (10-8 to Ali Carter), compatriot Stuart Bingham, 46 years outdated, 14th within the rating: the winner is measure forces in ‘rooms’ earlier than… Shaun Murphy.

The Masters is a ‘Triple Crown’ competitors (just like the UK Championship and the World Cup) and the 2022/23 season of World Snooker, which doesn’t rating for rating – is reserved for the ‘high 16’, by invitation -, began on the eighth and will run till Sunday, the fifteenth of this month, on the Alexandra Palace, in London.

The match distributes £725,000 (€819,440) in prizes, of which £250,000 (€282,566) goes to the winner, who will substitute Australian Neil Robertson as champion of the occasion, which is shipped to Portugal ( EuroSport) and has been held since 1975: that is the forty eighth version of the distinguished match.

All video games are one of the best of 11 partial to ‘half’: the winner is the one who wins six ‘frames’ (from 6-0 to a attainable 6-5). The last, which will probably be performed on Sunday the fifteenth, is in two periods, one of the best of 19 partials: the primary to attain ten (10-0 to a attainable 10-9) is the champion.

Masters Round of 16 (chosen in black):

Neil Robertson (Aus) – Shaun Murphy (Eng)4-6

Mark Selby (Eng) – Hossein Vafaei (Anger)2-6

Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) – Luca Brecel (Bel), 6-1

John Higgins (Esc) – Jack Lisowski (Eng)3-6

Mark Allen (IRN) – Barry Hawkins0-6

Mark Williams (Gal) – David Gilbert (Eng), 6-2

Judd Trump (Eng) – Ryan Day (Gal) (Wednesday, 1pm)

Kyren Wilson (Eng) – Stuart Bingham (Eng) (Wednesday, 7 pm)

Quarter-finals (native time and mainland Portugal):

Mark Williams – Ronnie O’Sullivan (Thursday, 1pm)

Hossein Vafaei – Jack Lisowski (Thursday, 7 pm)

Barry Hawkins – Judd Trump/Ryan Day (Friday, 1pm)

Shaun Murphy – Kyren Wilson/Stuart Bingham (Friday, 7pm)


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