World Championship 2017: John Higgins on verge of semi-final win over Barry Hawkins
|Venue: The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 15 April – 1 May|
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John Higgins is on the verge of a sixth World Championship final and needs just one frame to progress after opening up a 16-8 lead over Barry Hawkins.
Resuming 10-6 down, 2013 finalist Hawkins took the opening frame of the third session but four-time champion Higgins then won six in a row.
Hawkins managed a 58 break to avoid losing with a session to spare.
Mark Selby and Ding Junhui are all square at 12-12 in their thrilling semi-final, resuming at 14:30 BST.
In a repeat of last year’s final, Ding made centuries in the final two frames of Friday evening’s session to draw level.
A session to forget for Hawkins
Hawkins took the first frame of the third session to close the gap in a match where neither player has been at their best.
But he made crucial errors, including missing a simple final pink in the 19th frame, as Higgins took complete control.
The pink proved problematic for Hawkins once again two frames later as he missed a simple pot off the spot, as Higgins came to the table 58 behind but snatched the frame on the black.
Higgins, a winner of three non-ranking events this season, kept handing his opponent chances which he could not convert, but a missed black off the spot allowed Hawkins to take the contest to a final session at 19:00 BST on Saturday.
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