Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Mark Williams becomes oldest World Snooker Championship victor since 1978

The world snooker champion was mark Williams Williams beats Higgins to win third world title
| 09 May, 2018, 01:00

Mark Williams won the World Snooker Championship for the third time in his career by defeating John Higgins at the Crucible on Monday night. Last time I won it I think I had half a pint of milk and went to bed. Though, it was the first time he has conducted the post-victory press conference wearing just a towel.

Entering the press room with a towel tied around his waist, Williams made his way through a rapturous and slightly red-faced crowd to seat himself in front of microphones, before removing his towel completely.

Williams is the oldest world champion since his fellow countryman Reardon won in 1978 at the age of 45.

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 was talked out of retirement past year by his wife following a slump in form that was so profound that he didn't even qualify for the Crucible.


"I never celebrated any of my wins EVER, but this b****** I am, unreal to see all my mates enjoying the occasion and having a laugh". He did not even qualify in 2017, and last reached the final 15 years ago, when he defeated Ken Doherty. "I watched it in a caravan", Williams told BBC Sport. This time Williams made no mistake, a break of 69 leaving Higgins needing three snookers. Higgins was beaten, but he had played his part in one of the greatest Crucible finals.

"12 months ago I wasn't even here. I thought these days had all passed to be honest".

Williams did not make the Crucible previous year and said: 'It's unbelievable. "I knew if I didn't get enough he was going to clear up again, but I'm over the moon".

"I was 14-7 behind and I was anxious if I would (not) take it to the fourth session", Higgins said. However Williams rallied superbly to get over the winning line with a brilliant break to close things out after missing a pink for the title in the 33rd frame.

Another trademark clearance from Higgins, 82 from 47-0 down, got him within two frames.

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