Snooker star Mark Davis’s fine run at the Shanghai Masters came to an end this afternoon (Friday).
Having pulled off splendid wins over Michael White and Shaun Murphy in the previous two rounds, the St Leonards cueman was beaten 5-1 by Mark Allen in a hard-fought quarter-final.
World number 10 Allen took the opening frame despite a Davis break of 41 and the Northern Irishman also claimed the second, in which Davis potted a solitary red.
Davis, ranked 19, recovered from a 40-point deficit to force a respotted black in frame three. He then won a high quality safety exchange and potted the extra ball to make it 2-1.
Davis made a very good 50 break at the start of frame four. Allen replied with a 47 and another excellent safety battle ended with Allen coming out on top to lead 3-1 at the interval.
Allen rattled through frame five with a break of 88 and began the next with a 42. Davis looked like he was about to come back and clinch the frame, but yet another kick caused him to miss a routine green when on a break of 38 and Allen got over the line.
Allen will face Ding Junhui or Kyren Wilson in the semi-finals tomorrow. The other last four tie, incidentally, sees world champion Stuart Bingham up against Judd Trump.
Davis can nevertheless reflect on a good few days in China. He saw off world number 16 White 5-1 in round on Wednesday and came from 3-1 down to defeat World Championship runner-up Shaun Murphy 5-3 in round two yesterday.
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