Irish player, Mark Allen is through to the last eight of the Betfred.com World Championship after defeating Barry Hawkins in his last 16 encounter.
The Antrim man had little to spare over Matthews Stevens in the last round and it was a similar situation against Hawkins at the weekend. Allen now faces a quarter final match against Mark Williams. The 25-year-old recently revealed he was suffering from depression but believes he can use his new found strength to get him through close fights like the two he had had to date. “My preparations were very poor and I didn’t expect too much here, but I’ve always been a fighter. My family have brought me up that way,” said Allen. “And that’s one thing that’ll never change, no matter what happens on or off the table. I’m not going to give up in life or in snooker. I just seem to be able to find something; I don’t know what it is. I seem to be able to find something when the pressure’s on and it counts. But it’d be nice to win a match comfortably for a change.” “There are so many good players left but you expect that here at the World Championship. The better players always rise to the top. It’s no coincidence that experienced players like Higgins, and O’Sullivan, Williams and Hendry have won so many times here. It’d be nice for a rookie to come through this year.”