The tight match hung in the balance for the whole game, as neither player was able to establish a commanding lead.
In the first session, it was Hawkins who produced perhaps the best snooker, with breaks of 100 and then 134.
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In the second session, seventh seed Hawkins appeared to be on the end of a Ding defeat with the scores at 9-7.
However he was able to make it 9-8 with a break of 101 before claiming the next two frames without Ding registering a single point.