Published: 12:10, 12 December 2017
Ditton's Barry Hawkins says he’s hit rock bottom after crashing out in the first round of the Dafabet Scottish Open.
The Kent potter was beaten by Jamie Jones - 48 in the world rankings - 4-2 at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
Hawkins won the first frame with a break of 59 but with the score at two frames apiece Jones prevailed, winning the battle between two out-of-form players.
“I’m just struggling to be fair,” said Hawkins. “I’ve hit rock bottom I think, it can’t get any worse than this but it’s been this way for the last few months now so it’s just laughable.
“What can you do? you’ve just got to keep going but I keep putting performances like that in. People aren’t even playing well against me and I’m still getting beat so it’s not good.
“I’ve had enough to be honest with you, I’m ready for Christmas now.
“Especially the way it’s been going as well, I’ve been practising hard and trying hard and nothing’s happening.
“It’s just an absolute nightmare of a year to be honest and I can’t wait for it to finish. I’m in the German Masters next week then I’ll put the cue away for a few weeks.
“I’ll come back next year and try and find some form because it’s completely deserted me at the moment.”
There were better fortunes for fellow Kent player Gerard Greene, who triumphed over Zhao Xintong 4-2 to reach the second round, where he’ll face world No.44 Mike Dunn.
Greene acknowledged the skills of his first-round opponent, but was pleased to have progressed.
“I went 2-0 down – he’s a great little player and I hadn’t really done a lot wrong, missed a couple of shots in the first frame but like I say, when he’s on the balls he looks a million dollars," said Greene.
“I kept him out in the second part of the match and managed to get home. I think I played OK, really, and I felt all right on the balls.
“I didn’t take too many risks because he’s a great potter. He missed a couple of long ones and I just capitalised on a couple of mistakes.”
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