Allen whitewashes Carter in China quarter-final

Mark Allen has made eight century breaks so far at the International Championship

Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen hammered Ali Carter 6-0 to reach the International Championship semi-finals in China.

The Masters champion, from Antrim, continued his impressive form in the tournament with a 129 break in the opening frame.

Allen then compiled breaks of 70 and 57 in winning the fourth frame as he eased to a quarter-final victory.

He will take on Welshman Matthew Stevens in the semi-finals.

The world number 12 has hit eight century breaks in Daqing, including a 146 and 142 in his second-round win over Hossein Vafaei.

Allen had trailed Liam Highfield 5-2 in the first round before wining the final four frames to triumph.

He reached the quarter-finals thanks to a 6-1 win over England’s Alfie Burden on Wednesday.

Stevens has made the last four of a ranking tournament in the first time in more than five years after defeating Martin O’Donnell 6-5.

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