Snooker: Allen storms to China triumph


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Northern Ireland's Mark Allen sealed his first ranking title with a commanding 10-1 victory over Stephen Lee at the World Open final in China yesterday.

Allen, facing possible disciplinary action after criticisms of the tournament venue, raced into a 5-0 lead against the Englishman. He hit early century breaks of 104 and 127 before Lee finally opened his account with a run of 67 in frame six. However, Allen finished off the first session with a break of 123 to lead 8-1.

The world No 10 sealed victory by winning both frames after the restart. Allen picked up a cheque for £75,000 for his first ranking tournament triumph.