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Barry Hawkins: “I’m turning up to the Crucible as fresh as I can be”

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Hawkins has reached two finals this season (Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA Images)

Barry Hawkins is set to make his 17th consecutive appearance at the Crucible – a venue that tends to bring the very best out of him.

The Hawk was runner-up to Ronnie O’Sullivan in 2013; while he went on to reach the semi-finals in four of the next five years.

Hawkins has failed to build on that momentum in recent times; falling in the second round in each of the last three editions of snooker’s blue-riband event.

However, the three-time ranking event winner arrives in Sheffield off the back of runs to the final of the Masters and Players Championship – where he was beaten by the red-hot Neil Robertson on both occasions.

The world number nine, who is also refreshed following a welcome break in Tenerife, launches his campaign against debutant Jackson Page on Saturday.