World Championship: Barry Hawkins completes quarter-final win against Ding Junhui
Last Updated: 01/05/13 2:43pm
Barry Hawkins: Kent left-hander advanced to maiden World Championship semi-final
Barry Hawkins ended Ding Junhui's quest to become the first Chinese world champion for another year with a 13-7 victory in their quarter-final at the Crucible.
Kent left-hander Hawkins turned a 9-7 overnight lead into a straightforward win on Wednesday morning to reach his first World Championship semi-final.
The path to the final looked to have opened up in Ding's favour, with the likes of Neil Robertson, Stephen Maguire and Mark Allen having been ousted from his side of the draw, while Hawkins knocked out world number one Mark Selby.
"It means everything to be in my first semi-final. I've been trying so hard for so long to make some sort of breakthrough."
But any sense that Hawkins' victory against Selby may have been a one-off was dispelled emphatically.
With millions of Ding supporters watching at home in China, their man gave a flat display, not for the first time in a morning session.
Hawkins reeled off four frames in a row, including breaks of 64 and 60, to seal a last-four showdown with either Ricky Walden or Michael White.
"I was a bit calmer than I expected, especially in the last frame. I felt pretty good," said Hawkins.
"I was pleased to get over the line. I can't believe it; it hasn't sunk in yet at all.
"It means everything to be in my first semi-final. I've been trying so hard for so long to make some sort of breakthrough.
"I managed to make it this season by winning the Australian Open and being consistent but to come here and get to the one-table set-up is a dream come true. I'm delighted for everybody that's helped me."
O'Sullivan on brink
Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is one frame away from the semi-finals after extending his lead over Stuart Bingham to 12-4.
O'Sullivan, 7-1 ahead overnight, looked on course to win with a session to spare after runs of 59 and 104 on Wednesday morning moved him 12-1 in front.
But his fellow Essex potter Bingham had breaks of 64 and 60 while winning the last three of the session to ensure the players will have to return at 7pm for at least one more frame.