Mark Allen holds nerve to see off Mark Williams in Northern Ireland Open

Mark Allen moved a step closer to defending his Northern Ireland Open title after winning a dramatic quarter-final against Mark Williams.

Antrim's Allen came from two frames down to lead 4-2 before Williams hit back to force a decider.

Welshman Williams had his chances in the ninth frame but Allen held his nerve to win 5-4.

He will meet Neil Robertson in the semi-finals after the Australian beat Mark Selby 5-2.

Robertson has now won 12 of his last 13 matches against four-time world champion Selby.

Earlier a break of 130 in the deciding frame gave China's Zhou Yuelong a 5-4 victory over David Gilbert.

Zhou will face Anthony McGill, who beat Lyu Haotian 5-3, in the last four.

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