Dartford’s Barry Hawkins wins $70,000 down under.

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Barry Hawkins has won his first ever snooker ranking event after a 9-3 over Peter Ebden in the Australian Open Final.

The 33-year-old from Dartford produced one of the best performances of his career to claim the $70,000 prize money.

The win moves him up three places in the world rankings to 20th.

It was a tough encounter for the Hawk who had to overcome a man chasing his tenth ranking crown. Ebden won the first frame, but Hawkins turned on the style to take the next four with breaks of 57, 74, 106, and 114.

Ebdon fought back winning the sixth with 63, before they both won a frame each before the interval with Hawkins leading 5-3.

Hawkins picked up where he left off in the evening session winning all four frames to seal a superb victory.

He told the World Snooker website: “The score-line surprised me a little bit because I thought it was going to be a really tough game. Peter’s beaten a lot of good players this week and he’s so tough to play.

“He plays a lot of unusual shots but really good shots. I managed to have a spell of about four frames where he didn’t pot a ball, I knocked in quite a few big breaks.

“It didn’t win me the match but it did give me the advantage, keeping him off the table and keeping him under pressure for the rest of the match.

“Obviously it’s going to give me a bit more confidence, well a lot of confidence to be honest and hopefully I can win another tournament. But it’s so tough, just to win one is an achievement. To be the last one standing is unbelievable. It’s given me a lot of confidence, a lot of self-belief and hopefully I can win another one in the future.

“Even during the good times there’s still doubt, you start questioning yourself thinking am I ever going to win a big tournament. I’ve come close quite a few times but that was quite a few years ago now, and I hadn’t reached a quarter-final for a while so obviously the confidence was lacking a little bit. I’ve been working with Terry Griffiths, just like Mark Davis, for the last year or so and I won the Shoot-Out since I started working with him, I don’t know if it was a coincidence or not. But now I’ve won this so obviously I’m doing something right. Fingers crossed that it isn’t the last one.”

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