Comeback King conquers Allen
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.
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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.