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Mark Allen through to World Open second round with win over Ken Doherty

Mark Allen
Mark Allen

Mark Allen is safely through to the second round of the World Open in China after seeing off Ken Doherty 5-3.

The Antrim man cruised into a 4-0 lead, headlined by a 130 break in the second frame and backed up by a break of 67 in the fourth.

The 1997 World Championship winner Doherty, 50, caused Allen some concern when he rallied back to 4-3 with a trio of frame wins on the trot, featuring a century break of 108 after a 59.

Allen, however, steadied the ship with a break of 77 to seal a place in the second round, where he will face home favourite Zhang Anda.

The 27-year-old is 66 places below Allen in the world rankings but has already pulled off two shocks, beating world number 29 Scott Donaldson in the preliminary round and following it up with a 5-3 win over 43-ranked Li Hang.

Amongst the first round fallers, following Ronnie O'Sullivan's qualifying exit at the hands of Dominic Dale, was 2007 winner Marco Fu, beaten by Barry Hawkins.

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