Davis: Allen has proved me wrong

Sunday Express - - SPORT - SNOOKER By Hec­tor Nunns

SNOOKER leg­end Steve Davis ad­mits he has been proved wrong by de­fend­ing Masters cham­pion Mark Allen.

World No6 Allen, 32, starts the de­fence of his Triple Crown ti­tle at Alexan­dra Palace today against Bel­gium’s Luca Bre­cel.

And the North­ern Ir­ish­man is fired up after en­joy­ing his best-ever sea­son in 2018 – also tast­ing glory at the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship and Scot­tish Open. But Allen has never for­got­ten that six-time world cham­pion Davis sug­gested two years ago he was ‘Cham­pi­onship’ class rather than ‘Premier League’.

Davis, 61, now a re­spected pun­dit, has been big enough to hail Allen’s ‘pro­mo­tion’. Davis said: “To be fair, the com­ment was al­most a rhetor­i­cal ques­tion – is he a Cham­pi­onship player? The think­ing was that he was playing well but not win­ning the big ones. But he has re­ally proved me and some oth­ers wrong.”

World No3 Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van is bid­ding for a record eighth Masters ti­tle after pock­et­ing more than £500,000 this term with three ti­tles, a fi­nal and a semi-fi­nal so far.

O’Sul­li­van, an am­bas­sador for Eurosport who faces Stu­art Bing­ham to­mor­row, said: “I think it’s a mir­a­cle I am in con­tention to be No1 again be­cause I’ve hardly played events and I’m still up there.”

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