Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Ballsy Snooker Player Gets Naked For Media After Winning World Title

SNOOKER-WAL-SCO-WORLD Mark Williams secured an 18-16 victory over John Higgins
Rosie Leonard | 09 May, 2018, 00:59

Mark Williams withstood an incredible fightback from John Higgins to land his third World Championship title and become the oldest victor at the Crucible for 40 years. "I had to wear the towel on the orders of [world snooker chairman] Barry Hearn otherwise I would just have walked in, just crying".

To mark his remarkable achievement Williams pledged to "party" in a post-victory press conference which the 43-year-old delivered in just a towel.

The 43-year-old became the oldest victor of the Betfred World Championship since compatriot Ray Reardon in 1978.

Twelve months ago, Williams had grown so frustrated with his game that he meant to pack it in, until wife Jo convinced him otherwise, and now he's capped a renaissance season by beating John Higgins 18-16 in a remarkable Betfred World Snooker Championship final.

Williams, who won the title in 2000 and 2003, had all but retired from the sport a year ago, until his wife convinced him to return. So it is unbelievable to be winning this again 15 years after the last time. "Last year I wasn't even here".

Last time he won Williams said he "had half a pint of milk and went to bed".

He said he would front the presser naked on the eve of the final against four-time champion Higgins and he did just that.

'It's unbelievable. Twelve months ago I wasn't even here.

All the momentum was with Higgins, who had won six of the last seven frames, and Williams desperately needed to halt the charging Scot. "I thought these days had all passed to be honest".

Showing nerves of steel Higgins nicked the frame with a break of 82. The Welshman became the oldest victor since compatriot Ray Reardon in 1978 with an 18-16 victory over Scot John Higgins. My missus couldn't stop crying for ages, I got a little bit emotional towards the end as well.

"Today I was 13-7 behind and I was anxious if I would take it to the fourth session, I didn't want to lose with a session to spare". Frame 30 followed a familiar pattern as Williams got in first and made 47 before missing a red to a top corner, and Higgins ruthlessly punished him with a 62 clearance to square the match for the first time since 7-7.

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