China Open

Barry Hawkins Takes Halfway Lead in CLS G2

Barry Hawkins won three out of his opening four round-robin fixtures to top Group 2 of the Championship League after the opening day of action on Thursday in Coventry.

Hawkins won the World Grand Prix in 2017. Photo credit: Monique Limbos.

The Englishman, who has struggled for form for the majority of this campaign, edged Mark Selby and Kyren Wilson in deciders before inflicting a 3-0 whitewash on Stephen Maguire late in the evening.

Hawkins’ only blip was a 3-2 reverse to Neil Robertson in a match that saw the pair trade century breaks.

Robertson, Selby, and 2017 Championship League runner-up Ryan Day represent a trio of players in the chasing pack with two wins and two points from their initial exchanges.

Wilson, Maguire, and Anthony Hamilton, who lost in the final of Group 1 on Wednesday, have plenty of work to do after only recording one victory each so far.

Group 2 will reach its climax on Friday with the conclusion of the league phase before the top four advance to the knockout stages when a champion will ultimately qualify for the Winners’ Group in March.

Robertson currently stands to win the high break prize for the event courtesy of his 134 knock during his 3-2 triumph against Wilson.

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