UK Championship 2014: Barry Hawkins looks to rediscover form

Barry Hawkins
Hawkins will face veteran Nigel Bond in the second round of the UK Championship on Saturday
UK Championship, York Barbican
Dates: 25 November - 7 December
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, Two, Red Button, online, mobiles and BBC Sport app from 29 November.

Barry Hawkins hopes the extra prestige of playing at one of snooker's Triple Crown events will help him rediscover his motivation and best form.

Hawkins brushed aside Ashley Carty 6-1 on the opening day of the UK Championship in York on Tuesday.

But he said: "I have lost a bit of interest in the last few months and it's hard to get motivated sometimes.

"Tournaments like this feel like a big occasion. The adrenaline kicks in and hopefully I will hit a bit of form."

UK Championship 2014
Draw and results for the tournament in York

The London-born, Kent-based cueman told BBC Sport that playing so many tournaments did have an impact.

"I haven't got the luxury like Ronnie (O'Sullivan), who is that good that he can pick and choose when he wants to play," the world number five said.

"Perhaps I should believe I can do that a little bit more, but I feel like I have to play in more tournaments than I should.

"I am eager to play when I get there but when I am out there I feel a bit flat and I can't be bothered, which is a bad attitude.

"For tournaments like this, a major one with the BBC involved and a lot of money involved, the motivation comes back a bit."

Hawkins on second round opponent Nigel Bond:
"Nigel has been around for a long time and he is a great player who has done a lot in the game."He is a little bit inconsistent but is capable of beating anybody on his day so I will have to be on my game from the off."

And Hawkins, 35, hopes getting through the first round will set him up for the rest of tournament.

"It sounds bad to say you have lost interest but it happens," he said.

"You go up and down during the season. Hopefully I can start doing well again now.

"I showed a few signs of form in a few of the frames. That's encouraging for the rest of the tournament and I am pleased to get through the first hurdle.

"He made it difficult for me and it could have been a bit closer."

A second-round date with veteran Derbyshire player Nigel Bond awaits on Saturday.

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