China Championship: Allen defeated by Higgins in semi-final

Mark Allen compiled a best break of 95 in the China Championship semi-final
Mark Allen compiled a best break of 95 in the China Championship semi-final

Antrim player Mark Allen is out of the China Championship after suffering a 9-3 semi-final defeat against John Higgins in Guangzhou on Friday.

Four-time world champion Higgins hit a break of 131 to go 2-0 ahead and Allen stayed in touch at 4-2 before the Scotsman pulled clear.

Higgins added a 123 break as he eased through to a decider against Stuart Bingham, who beat Shaun Murphy 9-8.

Allen defeated world number one Mark Selby 6-5 in the quarter-finals.

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