Century-happy Allen beats Selby in Antwerp final

Century-happy Allen beats Selby in Antwerp final
By Eurosport

21/10/2012 at 22:37Updated 22/10/2012 at 11:39

Mark Allen made three century breaks to beat Mark Selby 4-1 in the final of the Antwerp Open in Belgium.

The 26-year-old from Antrim claimed his first title of the season and third of his career with a fantastic performance in front of a packed Lotto Arena.

    The world number nine started proceedings with a 117 break, following that up with a 102 and a 106 to move 3-0 up in quick time.

    World number one Selby, from Leicester, managed to pull one back but a 53 in frame five saw Allen come out victorious.

    "It's been a long time coming because I've been struggling so far this season," said Allen, whose last title was the Haikou World Open ranking event last March.

    "I spent some time with my coach Terry Griffiths and he helped me get my mind right. I practised hard leading up to this tournament and I had a good attitude throughout.

    “I'm pleased to be playing well again and looking forward to some big tournaments coming up."

    Allen's win means the 12 events on the World Snooker Tour so far this season have all been won by different players.



    Mark Selby 1-4 Mark Allen

    Semi Finals:

    Mark Selby 4-0 Ali Carter

    Andrew Pagett 1-4 Mark Allen 

    Quarter Finals:

    Mark Selby 4-0 Marco Fu

    Ali Carter 4-1 Joe Perry

    Neil Robertson 3-4 Andrew Pagett

    Mark Allen 4-3 Ben Woollaston

    Last 16:

    Mark Selby 4-3 Paul Davison

    Marco Fu 4-1 Michael White

    Ali Carter 4-3 John Higgins

    Joe Perry 4-3 Jack Lisowski

    Alfie Burden 3-4 Neil Robertson

    Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 2-4 Andrew Pagett

    Graeme Dott 2-4 Mark Allen

    Ben Woollaston 4-2 Tom Ford