World Snooker Champ Mark Williams Turns Up To Press Conference Naked

09 May, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Williams beats Higgins to win third world title

Mark Williams proved to be a man of his word, stripping off for the post final press conference, after the Welsh man landed his third world title.

The 43-year-old walked into the press room wearing only a towel, which was removed when he sat on the chair.

Almost true to his world - he later disclosed that Barry Hearn ordered him to wear the towel - Williams strolled to the media room with some interesting tattoos on show.

Welshman Ray Reardon won his sixth world title in 1978 at the age of 45 to become the oldest victor of the event.

Welshman Williams, 10-7 ahead overnight, led 14-7 and then 15-10 before four-times champion Higgins, a beaten finalist a year ago, rattled off five successive frames to level at 15-15.

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It marked a remarkable reversal of fortune for Williams, whose other triumph came in 2000, as he considered retirement after failing to qualify for last year's tournament.

"The red he potted in the last frame was a joke really and it was one of the best breaks I've ever seen under pressure to win it".

Defeated Higgins said: 'Obviously I am disappointed but it was great to play in such an occasion in front of this crowd, and Mark is a brilliant champion'.

Williams, previously champion in 2000 and 2003, lost to Grimsby's Stuart Carrington in the final round of qualifying a year ago. This time Williams made no mistake, a break of 69 leaving Higgins needing three snookers.

"It's an unbelievable story", he said.

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"A year ago I was thinking about chucking it, and here I am having just won the World Championship".

Showing nerves of steel Higgins nicked the frame with a break of 82. Higgins was beaten, but he had played his part in one of the greatest Crucible finals.

"I don't think she wanted me in the house 24 hours a day. I knew if I didn't get enough he was going to clear up again, but I'm over the moon".

He led 10-7 overnight and soon stretched that to 14-7, Higgins potting just 31 points over the four frames.

"I was 14-7 behind and I was anxious if I would (not) take it to the fourth session", Higgins said.

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