Congratulations Barry Hawkins !
Barry Hawkins won the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany, edging out Kyren Wilson 4-3 in the final.
World number ten Hawkins won four matches at the 16-man invitation event in Fürth to take the title for the first time.
Wilson was looking to win the tournament for a second consecutive year, but just missed out in a close final.
Londoner Hawkins lost the opening frame then made breaks of 63 and 120 to lead 2-1. World number eight Wilson compiled runs of 59 and 52 as he went 3-2 ahead, and he had a match-winning chance in frame six, but broke down on 57.
Hawkins made a superb 41 clearance to level at 3-3, then fired a run of 69 to win the decider.
“It was a strong field and it’s tough to win any tournament,” said 40-year-old Hawkins. “To win a title early in the season puts me in good stead. In spells during the weekend I played really well and scored well. There are two big tournaments coming up in China so hopefully I can keep this form going.
“I was feeling tired in the final, it was a bit scrappy. It was a huge frame to go 3-3 because I thought it was game over. I potted a good long red and managed to clear up. Then in the last frame I held myself together. The fans here are some of the best in the world, it’s always a great atmosphere.”
Earlier in the semi-finals, Hawkins edged out Joe Perry 4-3 while Wilson beat Luca Brecel 4-1.
Yes, the fans are always good and coming in huge numbers in Germany, as they do everywhere in mainland Europe. This tournament, its faithful fans, and Paul Hunter’s memory deserve better than what it was reduced to this year.
I certainly don’t want to belittle the merit of the players who were in Fürth over the week-end, quite the opposite, I’m grateful to them and Barry Hawkins should be proud.
There was nothing and nowhere to watch from the main action. But thanks to my close helping friend here is some of the speed-cup. Enjoy!
2019 Paul Hunter Classic: Gary Wilson v Mark KingKing speedcup
2019 Paul Hunter Classic: David Gilbert Speedcup
2019 Paul Hunter Classic: Michael Holt v Julian Boiko speedcup
2019 Paul Hunter Classic: David Gilbert – Ken Doherty (Speedcup)
2019 Paul Hunter Classic: Mak King v Luca Brecel + Shoot-out Joe Perry V Florian Nüssle
MissingClip 2019 Paul Hunter Classic: Mark King – Dave Gilbert (Speedcup)
MissingClip 2019 Paul Hunter Classic: Mark King (Speedcup)
MissingClip 2019 Paul Hunter Classic: Mark King – Gary Wilson (Speedcup)
It’s Gary Wilson who won the Speed Cup. This was his reaction on twitter
Won something at least, Paul Hunter Speed Cup Winner. Great idea for an event and great fun. Thanks to all the German fans also, they never fail!