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article imageThe Hawk swoops to win Australian Open snooker tournament

By Tim Sandle     Jul 15, 2012 in Sports
Barry Hawkins has won the Australian Open snooker tournament by beating Peter Ebdon. This was his first ever major championship win.
The final of the Goldfields Australian Open, Barry Hawkins defeated his more experienced opponent Peter Ebdon relatively comfortably, by 9 frames to 3, as announced by World Snooker.
By lifting the trophy, Hawkins won a first prize of $76,000 and Ebdon collected a runner-up purse of $31,000. The final was held in Bendigo, Australia.
To reach the final, both players defeated high quality opponents as the Digital Journal reported earlier. Before the start of the final, due to his considerable experience, not least being a former world champion, Peter Ebdon began the match as the favorite.
In the final, Yahoo! Sports recounts, Ebdon won the opening frame with a break of 46. However, Hawkins was undeterred and reeled off four successive frames, including two century breaks of 106 and 114, before Ebdon halted the tied by clinching the sixth game with a break of 63.
The players then shared the next two games to leave the score at 5-3 in Hawkins' favor. From this point it was all one-way traffic as Hawkins ran out the next four frames to win the match. This included a superb break of 133.
Hawkins form was impressive and in total he made six breaks of over 50: 133, 114, 106, 74, 57 and 51, compared to only one high scoring contribution by Ebdon. Hawkins was far more dominant in winning 877 of the total points to Ebdon's 317.
The match scores, as reported by WWW Snooker, were (Hawkins first):
27-69, 75-8 (57), 80-0 (74), 120-0 (106), 119-0 (114), 7-68 (63), 72-46, 32-64, 133-0 (133), 65-10, 74-12 (74), 73-40 (51)
The win was Barry Hawkins' (nicknamed The Hawk) first major tournament. Before the tournament, Hawkins, aged 33, was ranked 23 in the world. His win will lift him several places up the snooker ranking list.
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