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I was terrible in early exit, admits Allen

 

Embarrassed: Mark Allen crashed to defeat by China’s Zhou Yuelong
Embarrassed: Mark Allen crashed to defeat by China’s Zhou Yuelong

By Phil Casey

Mark Allen admitted he was embarrassed to exit snooker's World Championship after a 10-7 defeat to China's Zhou Yuelong.

The World No.6 trailed 7-2 overnight and a spirited fightback proved in vain as he became the third seed to lose in the first round.

Allen joins pre-tournament favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan and Belgium's Luca Brecel in losing in the last 32, and exits at the first-round stage for the first time since 2013.

"I played terribly yesterday and started badly today," said the Antrim man.

"I was proud with the way I came back and thought I had him on the ropes but I left myself too much to do.

"You can't be playing the way I played in the first 11 frames and deserve to win a match, it was embarrassing but looking back I don't think I would have done anything different.

"I prepared as well as I ever have.

"I didn't go to the China Open, partly because my mother-in-law wasn't very well - she was in intensive care but is over the worst now, touch wood - but also because my game wasn't in good shape, so I went to see Terry (Griffiths, his coach) for a few days and try to get myself ready for here."

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