Mark Allen has acknowledged his disappointment at exiting the BetVictor Northern Ireland Open and has vowed to turn it into a season that leaves a lasting memory. As someone who has achieved nearly everything in snooker except winning the world championship, this determination seems to indicate his intention to claim the world champion title by the end of the current season.
Mark Allen, who has been the champion of the Waterfront Hall for the last two years, was surprisingly eliminated in the Second Round with a 4-3 late-night loss to Andres Petrov, a World No.96 from Estonia. Despite this setback, Allen maintained a philosophical perspective.
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. I gave it my all but fell just short. I want to express my gratitude to everyone for their unwavering support here in Belfast. I appreciate it, and you deserved a better outcome. I’m returning to the practice table,” Allen shared on social media.
Jordan Brown, Allen’s fellow Antrim resident, practice partner, and close friend, is now advancing in his quest to claim the Alex Higgins Trophy. Brown, famously known as the Antrim Ferrari, achieved a significant victory in the last round against the 2010 world champion Neil Robertson. In his upcoming match, he will face China’s Yuan Sijun, with the opportunity to secure a place in the last-16, making a win in front of his home crowd particularly significant.
In other developments, Judd Trump continues to vie for three consecutive ranking titles after winning the English Open and Wuhan Open. He achieved a 4-0 victory over Belgium’s Julien Leclercq. Meanwhile, Dublin’s 1997 world champion, Ken Doherty, encountered a 4-2 defeat by England’s Ian Burns.
Furthermore, Joe Perry made a remarkable total clearance of 145 during a thrilling 4-3 victory over Michael White. Perry’s 145 total clearance in frame three equaled his best-ever break and set a new target for the £5,000 high-break prize. Ricky Walden also secured a 4-3 win against Dominic Dale in a marathon battle, and Stuart Bingham defeated Xu Si 4-1 with a top break of 118. Barry Hawkins triumphed 4-1 against Jiang Jun, featuring a top break of 81 in his performance.
Mark Allen’s commitment to transforming disappointment into success sets the stage for an exciting season in the world of snooker.