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Mark Allen facing tricky opener as Joe Swail suffers heavy defeat

By Paddy Smith

Mark Allen faces a potential banana skin when he begins his bid for Welsh Open success against Sydney Wilson at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff today.

Allen, the world number 10, will have to be on his game against world number 104 Wilson, whose best win of 2015/16 came at the UK Championship where he beat Michael White 6-5.

There was disappointment for Allen's fellow Ulsterman Joe Swail when he went down 4-0 to Paul Davison in a scrappy encounter yesterday.

Ronnie O'Sullivan will begin the defence the title - having won it for the fourth time last year - against Tom Ford today.

The final is on Sunday when the new Ray Reardon Trophy and a top prize of £70,000 will be up for grabs.

Once again title sponsor Coral will be donating £50 for every century break made to Jessie May Children's Hospice at Home.

The tournament is the fourth and last in the season's Coral Home Nations series, following the Northern Ireland Open - won by Mark King at the Titanic Exhibition Centre - English Open and Scottish Open.

At each of those events, £50 was donated for every century, with £9,600 raised so far.

There were 63 tons in both Belfast and Manchester, and 66 in Glasgow.

Jessie May Children's Hospice at Home, based in Bristol, has become World Snooker's official charity partner for the season.

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