http://www.thetricolour.com/

UK Snooker Championship 2017: Barry Hawkins says he is refocused on snooker

UK Snooker Championship 2017: Barry Hawkins says he is refocused on snooker

World number eight Barry Hawkins has said he is able to focus on playing snooker once again after dealing with personal issues that have left him struggling for form on the table.

The Kent potter made the second round of the UK Championship with a routine 6-1 win over Australia's Kurt Dunham.

"My season has been pretty poor," the 38-year-old told BBC Sport.

"I have had a lot of stuff going on off the table that not a lot of people know about."

Hawkins has only once gone beyond the second round of a ranking event this season, reaching the third round of the Shanghai Masters in November.

He said the problems had affected his form for four of five months.

"My head wasn't on snooker at all really," Hawkins added. "But we are getting through that as a family now and are coming to terms with things, so I can focus on my snooker now.

"I haven't won many matches this season so am looking for a good run to get some confidence back."

The three-time ranking event winner's best performance at the York Barbican saw him reach the quarter-finals in 2013.

Hawkins, who faces England's world number 79 Hammad Miah in the second round on Sunday night, said: "Everyone gets up for it here.

"It's a Triple Crown event and a special event and everyone puts a lot of emphasis on it."

Also in Snooker

Welsh Open: Shaun Murphy wins Welsh Open with 9-1 win over Kyren Wilson

Welsh Open: Shaun Murphy wins Welsh Open with 9-1 win over Kyren Wilson

Welsh Open: Shaun Murphy wins Welsh Open with 9-1 win over Kyren Wilson

Shaun Murphy won his first Welsh Open by beating Kyren Wilson 9-1 at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff.Murphy took a 4-0 lead in the first session and extended his advantage to

Welsh Open: Kyren Wilson and Shaun Murphy to meet in final

Welsh Open: Kyren Wilson and Shaun Murphy to meet in final

Welsh Open: Kyren Wilson and Shaun Murphy to meet in final

Kyren Wilson beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 to book his place in Sunday's Welsh Open final in Cardiff.O'Sullivan had hoped to win a fifth Welsh Open title in Cardiff, his last

Welsh Open: Kyren Wilson beats Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 in first semi-final

Welsh Open: Kyren Wilson beats Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 in first semi-final

Welsh Open: Kyren Wilson beats Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 in first semi-final

Kyren Wilson beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5 to book his place in Sunday's Welsh Open final in Cardiff.O'Sullivan had hoped to win a fifth Welsh Open title in Cardiff, his last

Welsh Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan eases into semi-finals

Welsh Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan eases into semi-finals

Welsh Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan eases into semi-finals

Ronnie O'Sullivan has booked his place in the semi-finals of the Welsh Open.O'Sullivan eased past world number four Mark Selby with a 5-1 win to book a last-four tie against

O'Sullivan eases into quarter-finals at Welsh Open

O'Sullivan eases into quarter-finals at Welsh Open

O'Sullivan eases into quarter-finals at Welsh Open

Four-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is through to the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open in Cardiff.O'Sullivan took just under an hour to beat Iran's Soheil Vahedi 4-0 in what was his

Welsh Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan eases into quarter finals

Welsh Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan eases into quarter finals

Welsh Open: Ronnie O'Sullivan eases into quarter finals

Four-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is through to the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open in Cardiff.O'Sullivan took just under an hour to beat Iran's Soheil Vahedi 4-0 in what was his

Williams out of Welsh Open as O'Sullivan goes through

Williams out of Welsh Open as O'Sullivan goes through

Williams out of Welsh Open as O'Sullivan goes through

Wales' Mark Williams is out of the Welsh Open following a 4-1 defeat by Scotland's Anthony McGill in the third round at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena.Williams' defeat means Dominic Dale, who

Welsh Open: Neil Robertson into third round with Mark Joyce win

Welsh Open: Neil Robertson into third round with Mark Joyce win

Welsh Open: Neil Robertson into third round with Mark Joyce win

Reigning Welsh Open champions Neil Robertson is through to the third round after beating Mark Joyce 4-2.Joyce missed a crucial black ball in the fifth frame with the score tied
Reply
Your Comment

loginsignup