World Championship 2012 (Day 5) - Hawkins kneels down Selby

01:24:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Hawkins earns a spot in the Last 16
Not a day has passed since the beginning of this year's World Championship without having a qualifier taking down a top-seeded player and after Joe Perry and Ryan Day's victories from earlier on, it came down to Barry Hawkins to upset world number one Mark Selby by 10-3.

It was raining breaks for the On Q Promotions lad, Hawkins' runs of 73, 58, 64, 47, 63 and 41 bringing him a considerable lead of six frames to three with the first session finishing, while his green baize opponent was nowhere to be found in the arena.

Mark Selby, who had to pull out of the final stages of China Open due to a neck problem, has been seriously ill trying hard to get back in form until the World Championship started. In a better form, but not quite healed yet, it was easy to see the world number one struggling to pot the balls, thus only winning three frames the entire match.

Selby's neck problem kept him from finding form
The last session it was a one-way-traffic-affair, with Hawkins firing in breaks of 41, 56, 39 and 46 for a 10-3 final result and a place in the next round where he's meeting with Welshman Matthew Stevens.

At the next table, Ali Carter and Mark Davis (another victim of illness) completed their first session, with the Captain taking a very good and well deserved 8-1 lead.

Tomorrow's match schedule:

7* Ali Carter 8-1 Mark Davis
22 David Gilbert v. Neil Robertson

18 Joe Perry v. Stephen Maguire
9* Mark Williams 6-3 Liu Chuang
*denotes the last session

TV coverage:
13:00 - 17:15 BBC Two
19:00 - 22:00 British EuroSport
20:45 - 22:00 British EuroSport 2 
23:20 - 00:10 BBC Two (the highlights)