Comeback King conquers Allen

  • Last Updated: April 23 2013, 6:24 BST

Mark Allen became the third seeded player to fall at the first round stage of the World Championship following a 10-8 defeat to Mark King on Monday night.

Mark King came from behind to eliminate Mark Allen
Mark King came from behind to eliminate Mark Allen

Northern Irishman Allen, ranked No 6 in the world, saw an 8-6 lead slip from his grasp as left-hander King roared back to advance to the second round for the seventh time in his career.

"I've said it a million times, on my day I can beat anyone," 39-year-old King told worldsnooker.com.

"In the past I have put myself under pressure, so this time I came here with no expectation and just tried to relax and enjoy it.

"I twitched on the pink in the last frame and thought I was going to throw up. But I held myself together and when I potted match ball I nearly started crying. When he won the 12th frame to go 7-5 up he gave it the fist and that spurred me on."

Allen said: "I didn't perform anywhere near my best. Mark played his best snooker of the match from 8-6 down and I missed two reds which were unforgiveable. He went for his shots and started to get them.

"It's a shame he didn't do that from the start because it would have been a more open game and better for the spectators. Playing Mark didn't suit my game but I knew what to expect and I didn't handle it well."

The defeat sees Allen follow fellow title contenders Mark Williams and John Higgins out of the exit door at the famous Crucible venue.

King's reward is a last 16 meeting with either Ding Junhui or Alan McManus.


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