Hawkins seeks Cardiff glory

03 March 2018 09:28:08 EST

Barry Hawkins hopes he can go on and win the Welsh Open after easing to a 5-1 win over Yan Bingtao in the quarter-finals in Cardiff.

Hawkins, who has reached the semi-finals of the tournament for the fourth time in his career, is playing Thailand's Noppon Saengkham in the semi-finals.

The 38-year-old world number eight, who is attempting to capture his fourth ranking title, said after his victory: "I was pleased with the result and even more with the performance.

"I am getting matches under my belt and playing more consistently now. Confidence is all it is. I have to stay focused now and keep playing like that.

"I have watched Noppon a few times, he has put in some great performances and beaten some good players. He is dangerous."

Saengkham reached the last four of a ranking event for the first time by beating Ian Burns 5-3.

Meanwhile, John Higgins emerged victorious against Ronnie O'Sullivan 5-1 despite losing the first frame. The Scot, a four-time winner of the event, faces Gary Wilson, who beat Yu Delu 5-2, in the semi-finals.

Higgins is 1/6 to beat Wilson and 9/1 to win the last-eight clash 6-0.

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