Mark Allen beats Mark Williams in Shanghai Masters

Mark Allen is ninth in the world rankings
Mark Allen is ninth in the world rankings

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen has cruised into the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters by beating former world champion Mark Williams 5-1.

Thursday's victory puts the Antrim man through to play another Welshman Michael White who beat Ryan Day 5-2.

In the first round Allen, recent winner of the Paul Hunter Classic and ranked number nine in the world, defeated Andrew Higginson of Widnes 5-3.

Ding Junhui is the current holder of the Shanghai Masters title.

In the 2013 tournament, he beat Xiao Guodong 10-6 in the first ever world ranking final between two Chinese players.

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