Allen steps up bid for Welsh Open glory with convincing win
Mark Allen breezed into the last 32 of the Coral Welsh Open in Cardiff last night with a 4-1 victory over World U21 champion Boonyarit Keattikun.
Ulsterman Allen was always in command against Thailand's rising star and his victory sets up a third round clash with China's Mei Xi Wen, who hammered 2002 World champion Peter Ebdon 4-0, the top break an excellent 131.
Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan suffered a shock 4-3 defeat to Mark Davis.
Lee Walker pulled off a surprise as he came from 3-1 down to beat world number seven Neil Robertson 4-3.
The 2010 World champion and 2016 finalist Robertson made 143 - the highest break of the tournament.
Schoolboy Jackson Page scored another superb win at the £366,000 event, beating John Astley 4-3 to reach the last 32.
Page is playing in a professional tournament for the first time, having been handed a wild card following his victory in the World Under-18 Championship.
And the gifted 15-year-old has seized the opportunity, knocking out two pro players to reach the third round.
Page followed up his 4-3 first round win over Jason Weston by beating world number 78 Astley. He went 3-1 up with a top break of 61, and although Astley fought back to 3-3, Page took the decider with runs of 30 and 42.
"I am over the moon. I played better today. Roll on the next one now," said Page, who is mentored by Mark Williams at his club in Tredegar.
He added: "It's great to be off school - no English or History, I am glad of that! The school have been great, they know I have the potential for a career in snooker and they said that is fine.
"A lot of people have come down to support me, which helps as I was very nervous. It has been unreal.
"In the first game I was nervous, but now I have settled down. I am feeling good, so I hope I can continue to play well."