Masters Snooker 2017 Results: Updated Draw and Schedule After Friday's Scores

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20:  Barry Hawkins of England (r) and Mark Selby of England look on during their quarter final match on day six of the Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace on January 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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Barry Hawkins cruised to a 6-3 win over Mark Selby during Friday's 2017 Masters Snooker action.

The Hawk dominated with his safety play and made several key long pots, while taking advantage of some uncharacteristic struggles from the three-time Masters champion.

Joe Perry cruised past Ding Junhui in the other semi-final on Friday. Here's a look at Friday's results, as well as the schedule for Saturday:

Masters Snooker Scores, Schedule
Friday
Mark Selby3-6Barry Hawkins
Junhui Ding1-6Joe Perry
Saturday
Ronnie O'Sullivanvs.Marco Fu
Flashscore.com

 

Recap

Both Hawkins and Selby entered Friday's first match in fantastic form, and from the opening frame, it became clear the two were going to put on quite a show. It was the Hawk who kicked things off in the opener, showing some creativity to gain the lead over his opponent, per World Snooker:

The two put together impressive breaks to split the next two frames, as the Jester pulled level with a 76 and Hawkins moved back out in front with a 63. He doubled his lead with sprints of 44 and 60, taking a two-frame advantage into the first interval.

Selby came out of the break on fire, however, taking out 71 to reduce to deficit to a single frame again.

Here's a look at the end of the frame:

But the Jester's safety game wasn't on point on Friday, and he kept giving Hawkins chances to take over frames. The 37-year-old remained in control, despite another 101 clearance, and before long, he grabbed a 5-3 lead after a hard-fought frame.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20:  Barry Hawkins of England plays a shot during his quarter final match against Mark Selby of England on day six of the Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace on January 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Imag
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Selby produced another dreadful cover shot in the next frame, handing his opponent a golden opportunity at the table. Hawkins gladly accepted the gift, and despite some spirited late defence from Selby, the Hawk cruised to the finish line.

After the match, the World No. 1 gave his opponent full credit:

In Friday's other match, Perry put together a sensational performance to qualify for the semi-finals, cruising to a win over Ding.

The Gentleman took advantage of some shaky safety play in the first two frames to grab a lead, making a break of 37 and clearing 55 on his way to a two-frame advantage.

High on confidence, the 42-year-old started finding his range, potting a series of impressive long shots. Here's one example:

Perry won the final two frames before the interval, grabbing a massive 4-0 lead, and he continued his run after the break. Ding played some solid defence in the fifth frame, but once again, the Gentleman made the difference with a key long pot:

Ding finally got on the board in the sixth frame, but Perry finished the job soon after, booking his spot in the semi-finals.