Mark Allen picked up from where he left off in Belfast by rolling in two centuries in a 5-1 win over Alfie Burden in the first round of qualifying for the German Masters on Friday.
The new Northern Ireland Open champion – who defeated four-times world champion John Higgins 9-8 in an epic final last Sunday – opened with a 120 break before snaring the second frame to lead 2-0 in Cannock.
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World number 104 Burden – who regained his professional tour card via Q School during the summer – responded with a splendid 141 knock in the third frame, but a 50 break in the fourth frame was not enough as former Masters holder Allen contributed 69 to move 3-1 clear at the mid-session interval.
Allen pinched a close fifth frame to move 4-1 to the good before finishing his day's work with a sparkling closing run of 122.
He will face Sunny Akani on Saturday as he bids to book a trip to Germany early next year after Akani eclipsed Michael Judge 5-3.

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The last 32 qualify for the final stages, with the Tempodrom in Berlin staging the tournament between 26-30 January 2022, which you can stream live and on demand on discovery+, the Eurosport app and
2013 German Masters winner Ali Carter recovered from trailing 2-0 and 3-1 to complete a 5-3 victory over Robert Milkins.

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An 89 in the third frame was followed by knocks of 62, 73 and 76 as the former two-times world finalist reeled off the final four frames.
He will face Lyu Haotian in the last 64 after the world number 50 enjoyed a 5-2 win over Lee Walker.
Read about how UK champion Neil Robertson made a winning start to his campaign earlier on Friday here.

Latest German Masters qualifying results

First round (round of 128)
  • Jack Lisowski 5-3 Andrew Pagett
  • Farakh Ajaib 0-5 Liam Highfield
  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 3-5 Fan Zhengyi
  • Rory McLeod 0-5 Lu Ning
  • Lee Walker 2-5 Lyu Haotian
  • Ali Carter 5-3 Robert Milkins
  • Sunny Akani 5-3 Michael Judge
  • Mark Allen 5-1 Alfie Burden
Second round (round of 64)
  • Zhang Anda 5-0 Si Jiahui
  • Wu Yize 1-5 Luca Brecel
  • Simon Lichtenberg 1-5 Ricky Walden
  • Michael White 1-5 Neil Robertson
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