Hawkins prepares for Dott battle
Barry Hawkins is expecting a tough time in the second round of the World Snooker Championship, when he takes on former champion Graeme Dott.
Hawkins roared into round two with a 10-3 victory over Tom Ford, a victory which set up a meeting with a confident Dott, who disposed of Ali Carter 10-7 in round one.
Graeme Dott will be a tough game, he's had three finals and has won the title.Barry Hawkins
And 2013 runner-up Hawkins is preparing himself for a hard-fought clash with Dott, who was crowned world champion in 2006 and who has also reached the final on two other occasions (2004 and 2010).
Left-hander Hawkins told World Snooker: "Graeme Dott will be a tough game, he's had three finals and has won the title. He just seems to thrive in this place, some venues bring the best out in players and this place brings the best out in Graeme.
"Even if he's had a terrible year he comes here and seems to play well."
Hawkins can be backed at 2/9 to defeat Dott and is 7/1 to claim a 13-9 victory, with the Englishman 250/1 to go all the way and be crowned world champion.
Earlier on Thursday another left-hander, 2010 champion Neil Robertson had booked his place in the second round with a 10-4 victory over Noppon Saengkham.
The Australian led 8-1 after the first session and finished the match off easily enough after Saengkham had claimed three of the first four frames of the second session.
And Robertson was pleased with his overall display, saying: "I am very happy to get through. The damage was done (in the first session) when I took advantage of his nerves on his debut and punished his mistakes.
"At 8-1 ahead you will have to not to turn up to get beat from there."
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