Allen lays down a big marker at the World Open
Antrim's Mark Allen is safely into the second round of the World Open in Haikou, China after he defeated local man Lyu Haotian 5-1 in his first-round tie.
Allen had breaks of 103 and 92 en route to the dominant win, which set up a meeting with England's Jack Lisowski.
The 32-year-old started the match as he meant to go on, whitewashing Haotian in the first two frames to race into a 2-0 lead, with his 92 break coming in the opening frame.
Haotian netted his only frame of the match in the third when a break of 99 saw him narrow the gap, before Allen closed out the match.
The Ulsterman regained his two-frame lead in the fourth with a classy break of 103, before adding the fifth with a break of 54 to take him one from the win.
And he held his nerve in a tight frame, Haotian threatening to pull back within two frames but Allen just having enough to end the contest.
Allen now meets 27-year-old Lisowski in the second round today, with a potential meeting against Kyren Wilson - who he beat to win The Masters in January - on the line.
Champion Ding Junhui is also safely into the next round, his 5-3 win over Yuan Si Jun setting up a clash with Robert Milkins.