Ditton snooker player Barry Hawkins knocked out of UK championship by Neil Robertson
Ditton's Barry Hawkins was left to reflect on
opportunities missed after he went out in the last 16 of the UK
Snooker Championships in York on Wednesday.
Hawkins fell 6-2 to the world No.6 and
defending Masters champion Neil Robertson in a scrappy affair low
The 33-year-old had only one break
above 50 all night, and was a far cry from the confident figure who
disposed of Liang Wenbo in the first round at the Barbican
With Robertson also struggling for
consistency Hawkins (pictured) admitted that he had wasted a
golden chance to progress deep into the tournament this
"If you see a top player struggling
you know you need to find your form and try and put them under
pressure and I just was not able to do that," he said.
"It was just one of those things, I
was mistiming things but I couldn’t find any rhythm and it’s quite
"Sometimes you need to win matches
like that, you have to battle through and that’s what Neil did and
I wasn’t able to.
"I thought I played alright in my
first match and I was expecting to go well in the second round but
it was weird.
"Neil did not play that well either
and it just got a bit scrappy in the end, I made too many mistakes
and you can’t win playing like that.
"I didn’t settle all that well at the
start of the match, I was getting chances and mistiming things and
it’s hard to find rhythm when you’re playing like that.
"I don’t like to make excuses but the
conditions on the table were certainly tough, but that’s not
the reason why I lost.
"It’s so frustrating because I felt
like my form was there but to put in a performance like that is
Hawkins, the current world no.15, has
fallen in the round of 16 at the World Championships in both of the
last two years but won the Australian Open at the start of this
And after failing to make the quarters
this week Hawkins insisted he was getting fed up of failing to go
deep into tournaments on a consistent basis.
"It’s frustrating because after
winning in Australia I wanted to keep going but there are plenty
more tournaments coming up and I need to concentrate," he
"At this stage of my career I want to
be going deep into the draw but it has not happened for me
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