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Allen won't take eye off ball as he aims to ramp up World quest


Mark Allen

Mark Allen won't get complacent against Joe Perry today despite dodging the prospect of World No.1 Mark Selby in the Betfred World Snooker Championship.

Antrim's Allen will face Selby's conqueror Perry for a place in the last eight, with the first of their three sessions starting this afternoon.

Perry is a wily old veteran and former semi-finalist but he had to qualify just to reach the Crucible Theatre before upsetting two-time defending champion Selby.

But Allen, still riding a wave after winning his first major title at The Masters in January, will be the favourite to progress - even if he does not see it like that.

"Joe and I aren't the type of people who worry about our opponent. We just go out there and try to play the game and get on with it," said Allen. "We go for our shots and try to score so that's the way the match will be."

Elsewhere, two-time winner Mark Williams eased through to the second round with a comfortable 10-5 win against Jimmy Robertson.

The Welshman has not lifted the title since 2003 but has won two ranking event titles this season, including the Northern Ireland Open in November.

Ahead of a second-round clash with Robert Milkins - who stunned Neil Robertson 10-5 - he said: "I am coming here playing the best stuff I have played in many years, whether I can win it who knows."

Watch the snooker World Championship LIVE on Eurosport and Eurosport Player with Colin Murray and analysis from Ronnie O'Sullivan, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds

Belfast Telegraph