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Allen eases to victory in his quest for Welsh Open success

 

By Robert Jones

Antrim's Mark Allen is through to the last 16 of the Welsh Open after a comfortable win against Iran's Soheil Vahedi.

The Masters champion produced a break of 116 to clinch a 4-1 victory in Cardiff.

Allen won three consecutive frames to defeat Vahedi in their last 32 contest.

The world number nine must now face the winner of the match between Gary Wilson and Daniel Wells for a place in the quarter-finals.

Allen made a strong start to his match against Vahedi, recording a break of 57 to take the opening frame.

His opponent, ranked 116th in the world, responded to level the match at one apiece before Allen edged a tight third frame by 75 points to 68.

Allen (32) then reeled off the remaining two frames he required - securing victory in style with his highest break of the match in the final frame.

Northern Ireland international Gerard Greene followed up his shock victory over Shaun Murphy with a 4-3 win against Stuart Carrington.

World number three Judd Trump, last year's runner-up, was beaten 4-1 by Noppon Saengkham of Thailand, who is ranked 58th in the world.

Ding Junhui, China's world number four, was beaten 4-1 by 69th ranked Liam Highfield.

Ronnie O'Sullivan progressed in comfortable fashion as he saw off Graeme Dott 4-0.

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