UK Championship: Kyren Wilson beats Barry Hawkins to set up Stuart Bingham meeting
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Kyren Wilson rattled off four successive half-centuries to close out an emphatic 6-2 win over Barry Hawkins in the UK Championship fourth round.
Hawkins led thanks to a slick 87, but Wilson's fearless attacking approach then dominated the world number six.
Breaks of 63 and 49 put the 26-year-old ahead before a Hawkins ton made it 2-2.
Scores of 95, 78 and two 81s saw world number 11 Wilson romp home and set up a quarter-final tie against Stuart Bingham, who beat Sunny Akani 6-2.
Wilson, 26, has already had his best run at the York Barbican, having not been beyond the last 32 in five previous attempts.
He felt his positive play was a big part in his win.
"It was a solid performance," Wilson said. "It was nip and tuck until the interval and I stayed positive after.
"I felt like I had to keep going for my long shots to punish Barry, because he might outplay me on a tactical battle.
"From 3-2 I had the momentum and it all followed from there. I played really strong snooker in all aspects so it is really pleasing."
Hawkins added: "Fair play to him, he played well.
"I thought it was a good game. I missed a couple of balls and he didn't really miss when he got in.
"If he keeps playing like that he has every chance of winning the tournament."
The final last-16 tie to finish saw 2015 world champion Bingham make serene progress against Thaliand's Akani.
Bingham opened with a break of 117 and a fine 81 helped him build a 4-0 lead.
Akani battled back after the mid-session break, but Bingham always remained in control to see out the victory.