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Holder Allen out as Brown shocks Robertson in NI Open Specific Occasions

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Jordan Brown defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan within the Welsh Open last in February 2021

Holder Mark Allen has been knocked out of the Northern Eire Open in a shock second-round defeat by Andres Petrov.

Antrim native Allen, who was aiming for a 3rd consecutive dwelling title win, misplaced 4-3 to the world quantity 96 at Belfast’s Waterfront Corridor.

Allen got here from 3-1 all the way down to degree however the Estonian received it in a 02:00 end.

Jordan Brown, additionally from Antrim, delighted the house crowd by beating former world champion Neil Robertson 4-1 within the final 64.

Brown, 36, will face Jamie Clarke or Yuan Sijun within the subsequent spherical.

The 2021 Welsh Open champion compiled a 94 break to win the primary body and led 3-0 earlier than a 125 within the fourth noticed 41-year-old Robertson claw one again.

A run of 51 within the fifth proved sufficient to safe Brown’s passage on the expense of the world quantity six.

Australian Robertson has but to succeed in the ultimate 32 of a rating event this season and if he fails to win the Worldwide Championship or UK Championship, his sequence of successful a trophy yearly since 2006 will come to an finish.

“Beating an all-time nice in Neil in entrance of my dwelling crowd – it would not get higher than that,” world quantity 44 Brown instructed World Snookerexternal-link after his match.

“I completely beloved it on the market, it was an incredible feeling. It is proper up there with my finest wins, even when Neil has not been in his finest type.

“It could imply all the pieces to have a future right here, not only for me however for my household and associates. I am right here to win the event, that is the underside line.”

Republic of Eire participant Aaron Hill was additionally profitable on day two on the Waterfront Corridor in Belfast, defeating China’s Fan Zhengyi 4-1.

Hill, 21, put collectively breaks of 80 and 73 as he superior to a gathering with Wales’ Dylan Emery within the final 32.

The Cork participant, the world quantity 67, reached the quarter-finals of a rating occasion for the primary time in his profession on the current Wuhan Open.

Numerous top-16 gamers booked their place within the final 32 on Monday as Shaun Murphy bought the higher of Marco Fu 4-3 in a tense final-frame decider, whereas Jack Lisowski noticed off Jackson Web page, Barry Hawkins beat Elliot Slessor and Hossein Vafaei defeated Mark Joyce, all by a 4-1 scoreline.

Iranian Vafaei impressed with breaks of 74, 72 and 112, with Lisowski registering runs of 68, 57 and 138, and European Masters champion Hawkins placing collectively a 64, 123 and 108.

Murphy appeared to be on target for victory towards Fu as he got here from one body down to steer 3-1 with the assistance of two centuries, however Fu recovered to attract degree at 3-3, just for the previous world champion to prevail within the deciding body.

In-form world quantity three Judd Trump can be in motion on Tuesday towards Julien Leclerq as he continues his bid for a fourth NI Open title and a 3rd successive victory following his current triumphs within the English Open and Wuhan Open.

Six of the world’s high 16 should not competing on the event, together with world champion Luca Brecel, world primary Ronnie O’Sullivan and four-time world champions John Higgins and Mark Selby.

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