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Allen lays down a big marker at the World Open

 

By Adam McKendry

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.

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