International Championship: Allen whitewashes Carter in China quarter-final

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