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Mark Williams Conquers Crucible

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     Mark Williams won the Betfred World Championship for the third time by beating John Higgins 18-16 in one of the all-time great Crucible finals.

     Williams won seven consecutive frames from 7-7 to lead 14-7, and despite a rally from Higgins to 15-15 he closed out victory in the 34th frame, in the closest final since 2005.




     And his promise to bare all for his winning press conference turned out to be the naked truth as he spoke to the world’s media dressed in nothing but a towel.

     Having lifted the trophy in 2000 and 2003, Welshman Williams sets a new record of 15 years for the longest gap in between titles. The 43-year-old is the oldest winner since Ray Reardon took the crown in 1978 at the age of 45.



Naked ambition: Williams promised after the quarter-finals that if he won the title
he would do his last press conference without his clothes.

 

     He joins Mark Selby as a three-time Crucible champion, behind only Stephen Hendry with seven, Steve Davis with six, Ronnie O’Sullivan with five and Higgins with four.

     Williams didn’t even make it to the Crucible last year having dropped out of the top 16 and lost in the qualifying rounds. He insists he contemplated retirement last summer, having not won a ranking title for six years. Throwing the dice, he tried the SightRight coaching method, which completely changed his alignment and ball-sighting. The results have been astonishing.

     Williams has won three ranking titles this season, bringing his career tally to 21, and capped it off with snooker’s most prestigious prize. The Cwm cueman banks the biggest cheque in snooker history, £425,000, to bring his total for the season to £885,400. He jumps from seventh to third in the world rankings.

     Williams, Higgins and O’Sullivan, the trio of all-time greats who all turned professional in 1992, have won ten of the 20 ranking events between them this season.




(World Snooker)



 

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