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Merciless Mark Allen claims Group Two glory at the Champion of Champions

Allen shakes hands with Robertson (credit:ITV Sport)

Mark Allen continued his scintillating spell of form to storm into the Semi-Finals of the 2018 Champion of Champions in Coventry on Thursday, thrashing Neil Robertson 6-1 in the Group Two final.

Allen, who claimed the International Championship title in China last Sunday, picked up from where he left off with a pair of stunning displays at the Ricoh Arena, firing in five century breaks.

The world number seven began the day with a 4-2 victory over Barry Hawkins in the Semi-Finals before returning to sweep aside Robertson in a repeat of the International Championship final.

He will now face Kyren Wilson in the second Semi-Final on Saturday, a match which signals a re-run of this year's Masters final.

"I scored really well all day, I made a few mistakes night but he didn't really capitalise," Allen told ITV Sport.

"When I get in, I feel like I'm going to clear the table every time.

"I'm not happy because I know Ronnie had six [centuries] on Tuesday and I wanted to beat that!

"You have to just ride the crest of a wave whenever you can, my game's in good shape, I'm feeling good and I'm just looking forward to playing.

"If I keep playing the way I'm playing, I'm not bothered just about Kyren, about any opponent, I'll just concentrate on my own game and keep doing what I'm doing."

Allen edged a close-run opening frame of the group final before doubling his advantage courtesy of an emphatic break of 119.

Robertson hit back with a 69 break to halve the deficit, but Allen rattled in back-to-back tons (102 and 123) to take command at 4-1.

The Masters Champion than added a break of 98 before sealing the victory with a break of 75.

Robertson admitted: "I think any player here, if you get around the black spot, you can't miss. 

"I think mark is exempt from how well the conditions are playing because he is such a top player, he'll take some stopping.

"I'm not someone who comes away from events thinking 'I've beaten the world number one', I try to win and when I don't it's disappointing."

Allen took the first frame of his Semi-Final with a sensational 140 clearance before Hawkins replied with successive breaks of 87 and 94 to go in front.

Allen, however, reeled off three consecutive frames with breaks of 102, 86 and 76 to complete a high quality triumph.

Robertson defied a magnificent maximum break from Mark Selby on his way to a thrilling 4-3 victory in the opening Semi-Final.

Selby landed the third 147 break of his career and the first in the history of the Champion of Champions, but was eventually edged out by Robertson for the second time in seven days.

The maximum came in the second frame of their Group Two Semi-Final as Leicester's Selby thrilled the Coventry crowd, but he does not receive any prize money bonus.

Champion of Champions 2018 Results


Thursday November 8

Group Two

Semi-Finals
Mark Selby 3-4 Neil Robertson - *Selby makes a 147 break*
Barry Hawkins 2-4 Mark Allen

Final
Neil Robertson 1-6 Mark Allen


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Merciless Mark Allen claims Group Two glory at the Champion of Champions

Mark Allen continued his scintillating spell of form to storm into the Semi-Finals of the 2018 Champion of Champions in Coventry on Thursday, thrashing Neil Robertson 6-1 in the Group Two final.

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