MARK ALLEN has been accused by Ronnie O’Sullivan of simply giving up in their Players Championship semi-final.
The World No.1 could not cope with the tricks conditions at Guild Hall in Preston.
O’Sullivan outlined how the table was so fast as it was the hardest he had ever played on.
The Rocket prevailed comfortably, though, as the 6-0 winner to set up a final with Neil Robertson.
Allen’s capitulation was quite surprising, however, given he was the top seed heading into the tournament this week.
“It kind of is [giving up] in a way”
The 33-year-old from Belfast made a host of errors as O’Sullivan capitalised to claim his spot in Sunday’s showdown for the title.
The five-time world champion suggested those players without a “snooker brain” would find the table almost impossible to play on.
O’Sullivan had to adapt his approach to cope, which was something Allen failed to do on Saturday night in Preston.
Discussing Allen’s display as he appeared to concede defeat early in the semi-final, O”Sullivan said: “It kind of is [giving up] in a way.
“It’s what he thought was the best way to manage the conditions.
“It was tough, though. It was like triple, triple, triple insurance.
“I’m over the moon with that performance, I’ve hit the ball as well as I can.
“It was harder for the opponent [like that].
“If you ain’t got a snooker brain and the table’s hard, you’re a million (you have no chance).”
O’Sullivan and Robertson, who beat Judd Trump on Friday evening in his semi, face off at 7pm on Sunday.