Mark Allen withdraws from the China Open

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The world number five pulls out of the season’s penultimate ranking event

Mark Allen has withdrawn from the 2019 China Open in Beijing due to personal reasons.

The world number five had been due to face Chinese wildcard Pang Junxu in the held over round on Monday, but has opted out of making the trip to China.

Pang now receives a bye into the Last 64 – where he will face former Masters Champion Alan McManus.

Allen recently reached back-to-back ranking Semi-Finals at the Coral Players Championship and Tour Championship, while he also won the International Championship and Scottish Open in late 2018 and was runner-up in the UK Championship.

An eventful spell for the Antrim ace also saw him forfeit his Last 16 match against Ali Carter in the World Grand Prix last month, following which he was fined by the WPBSA.

This year’s China Open, which offers a record prize fund of ¬£1 million, takes place from April 1-7 at the Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium in Beijing.