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Controversial Allen thrashes Lee 10-1 in Haikou final

ESPN staff
March 4, 2012
Mark Allen built an 8-1 lead in the first session of Sunday's final © Getty Images

Mark Allen, the man who is facing disciplinary action for his disrespectful evaluation of Haikou, powered to a lop-sided 10-1 victory in Sunday's World Open final against Stephen Lee.

Allen is set to be hit with a fine by World Snooker's disciplinary body after he described the capital of China's Hainan Island as "horrendous". A further tweet commented: "Dead cat found this morning. Any wonder this place stinks. Must be dead cats all round the town."

However, he has been the stand-out player at the tournament all week, registering his 11th century during the final against Lee, who barely featured. The players completed the opening session with Allen 8-1 ahead, and Lee was lucky to have one.

Unforced errors from the 2006 Welsh Open winner aided Allen's progress, but three century breaks testified to Allen's excellent work around the table. Runs of 104, 127 and 123 exerted his dominance, and he could have led 9-0 heading into the second session.

A simple pink in the seventh frame would have taken Allen's break to 61, but an inexplicable miss allowed Lee his only frame.

Returning with his 8-1 advantage, Allen could have been forgiven a few nerves as he looked to close out his first rankings title. However, he instantly moved to 9-1 after Lee coughed up points when trying to escape a snooker, and then Allen closed out the match with his fourth century, completing a 104 for victory.

"I think I've been playing well all week," Allen said. "I've had my critics this week. I might have to change my opinion of China now. It is my first ranking tournament win. I have good memories."

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