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Mark Allen sweating over World Championship place after China exit

By James Tait

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen faces an agonising wait to find out if he has done enough to earn an automatic place in the World Championships.

The Masters champion lost a thrilling clash with Mark Williams 6-5 - even missing a red that would have clinched victory - at the China Open yesterday, which leaves him in 16th place in the world rankings.

Only the top 16 will gain automatic entry at The Crucible later this month, with everyone else having to go through qualifiers to reach the biggest stage in snooker.

And the Antrim man's fate is now out of his hands after yesterday's exit, as the likes of Tom Ford and Jack Lisowski made the quarter-finals in China - and could still leapfrog Allen in the world rankings.

Victory over Williams would have been enough to confirm Allen's place on the world stage, but despite leading 66-4 in the final frame, he missed a red for victory and the Welshman cleaned up.

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