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Robert Hynes

Mark Allen was 'shaking like a sh***ing dog' during World Grand Prix final win over Judd Trump

Mark Allen says he was "shaking like a sh***ing dog" during his World Grand Prix final win over Judd Trump on Sunday.

The Belfast native admitted he “fell over the line” in a nervous finish to a brilliant decider having almost squandered a 7-2 lead to Trump.

The 36-year-old, who won the UK Championship in November having also triumphed at the Northern Ireland Open, appeared to be coasting to another title after opening up a five-frame advantage.

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However, Trump piled on the pressure with seven of the next nine but Allen eventually edged to a 10-9 victory which he admits was unconvincing towards the end.

“I don’t know about nerve as I was shaking like a sh***ing dog there,” he told ITV4 after taking the £100,000 first prize in Cheltenham.

“I actually said to Judd at the end he had me completely gone. It’s not often I go, I feel like I’m good under pressure.

“He put me under all sorts of pressure and I absolutely fell over the line.

“I’m very proud of myself I got over the line but I’ve felt better.”

Allen opened up an imposing 6-2 first-session lead having won all four post-interval frames thanks to breaks of 88, 63 and 77.

Another 88 on the evening resumption put him three away from victory before his opponent produced back-to-back century breaks, including a tournament-equalling best of 140, to get it back to 7-4.

Allen’s response was to post 141 for a new high-break mark but Trump hit back with the next four frames, including clearances of 87 and 55, to set up a tense finish.

Trump, who won the 2023 Masters last week, forced a final-frame decider with a break of 76 but Allen clung on for a nervy win.


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