Historic Century Streak: Mark Allen Dominates at BetVictor English Open

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On the opening morning of the BetVictor English Open in Brentwood, Mark Allen made snooker history by clinching a 4-0 victory over Mostafa Dorgham with an impressive streak of four consecutive century breaks in a best-of-seven frame match.

With astonishing runs of 104, 127, 114, and 104, Allen secured the win in a mere 51 minutes, marking the second time he has achieved this feat in a match, a distinction held by only seven other players. Notably, he becomes the second player, after Neil Robertson in the 2013 Ruhr Open, to triumph in a best-of-seven contest with four straight centuries. Allen’s next opponent will be Wu Yize in the upcoming match on Tuesday afternoon.

Reflecting on his performance, Allen mentioned his initially low confidence levels during the practice session. However, with the right mindset, he delivered a nearly flawless performance, emphasizing the significance of mental preparation in the game. Despite recent struggles with confidence, Allen’s determination to regain his winning form was evident, drawing inspiration from previous victories and seeking guidance from his coach and mental advisor.

In a separate match, Ding Junhui faced a wardrobe mishap, arriving in the wrong attire, which resulted in a delayed start and a penalty. Despite the initial setback, Ding rallied and managed to secure a 4-3 victory over Ma Hailong, showcasing his resilience on the snooker table.

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