Allen defends World Open crown after solid win

MARK Allen has retained his Haikou World Open title after sealing a comfortable victory against Matthew Stevens. Just like a year ago, Allen strolled to victory and lifted his second major world ranking title since becoming professional with the 10-4 victory. He also collected the winners cash prize of £85,000. The Northern Ireland ace becomes…

Haikou World Open Final Latest: Allen 6-3 Stevens

MARK Allen is on course to defend his Haikou World Open title after taking a 6-3 lead against Matthew Stevens at the halfway mark in this year’s final. Allen, who won the title last year after thrashing Stephen Lee 10-1, was looking set for another thumping win in a final when he led the Welshman…

Determined Stevens reaches World Open final

MATTHEW Stevens is through to the Haikou World Open final after coming back from behind to defeat Neil Robertson in a gripping semi-final. Today’s win ensured the Welshman will make his first appearance in a major ranking final since the Bahrain Championship back in November 2008. Before that you have to go back to the…

Welsh Open 2013 – Day 1 Report

DEFENDING champion Ding Junhui kicked off his defence of the Welsh Open title in impressive style with a win over Dechawat Poomjaeng. Ding, who beat Mark Selby in last year’s final, was in sparkling form on the tournament’s opening day as two century breaks helped him beat his Thailand opponent in a 4-2 win. Back…

German Masters 2013 – Day 3 Report

BARRY Hawkins’ impressive week in Berlin continued as he stormed into the semi-finals of the German Masters after brushing aside the in-form Mark Selby. The world number 17, who thrashed Mark Allen on Thursday, proved too good for the UK Championship and Masters winner in a comfortable 5-1 win. Hawkins is now just two wins…

The Masters 2013 – Day 4 Report

MARK Selby once again proved why he is the best player in the world after producing the mother of all comebacks to book a place in the quarter-finals. The UK Championship winner looked dead and buried  when trailing 5-1 to Premier League champion Stuart Bingham in their first round encounter earlier tonight. But the world…

UK Championship 2012 – Day 3 Report

By Nigel Slater theoldgreenbaize@gmail.com NEIL Robertson sent a huge signal of intent as far as his UK Championship title hopes were concerned after a superb performance saw him beat Tom Ford 6-1. The 2010 World Championship winner was in majestic form hitting four century breaks as he stormed into the last 16 against the Leicester…