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Wilson wins snooker European Masters

Xinhua | Updated: 2022-08-22 10:21
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BERLIN -- England's Kyren Wilson claimed his fifth career ranking title after brushing aside compatriot Barry Hawkins 9-3 in snooker's 2022 European Masters final in Furth, Germany on Sunday.

Racing into 6-2 lead at the mid-session interval, Wilson held his nerves to take three of the next four frames, punishing Hawkins for an error-strewn display.

The world No 8 had to dig deep to beat Ali Carter in a deciding frame in the semifinal on Saturday, but he hardly broke sweat as he dispatched Hawkins, who lost his way after a brilliant display against Mark Williams.

"It has been an amazing week. To be honest, I was struggling a bit, I was down in the dumps coming here, changing cues, not knowing what I was doing with my game in general," said Wilson.

"But I've got lots of help back home with my family, my sponsors and my coach. I'm a lucky man," added the 30-year-old.

In contrast, Hawkins was in despondent mood.

"It was a struggle all day today and the way the match went it could have been 9-3 to me. But Kyren stuck to his task and picked me off," said Hawkins. "You know it's a bad day when you're playing for reds that don't even go."

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