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Mark Allen wastes victory chance against Ding in Wales

Mark Allen
Mark Allen is ranked 11 in the world

Mark Allen suffered another bitterly disappointing defeat as Ding Junhui fought back from 3-1 down to beat the Ulsterman 4-3 at the Welsh Open.

Allen quickly established a two-frame lead and Ding was fortunate to win a scrappy third.

The Northern Ireland scraped through a grim fourth frame but after Ding pulled one back, Allen wasted a glorious chance to seal victory in frame six.

Instead, Ding's run of 81 set up a decider which he took with a 79 break.

Allen failed to capitalise when a shocking safety and a fluked plant left him a good chance in frame six.

It's another gut-wrenching defeat for Allen after he squandered a 4-1 lead to lose 6-4 against Marco Fu in last month's Masters semi-final at Wembley.

Ding's win set up a quarter-final meeting with Ali Carter.

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