Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Mark Williams fulfills naked ambition to claim world title

Mark Williams fulfills naked ambition to claim world title

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

And wife Jo and kids Connor, Kian and Joel were all left a little red-faced by his celebration antics.

Asked about his victory, Williams said: "It feels a little bit uncomfortable at the minute".

The showpiece between two of the "Class of 1992" had captured the imagination, with the third of the Holy Trinity that turned pro 26 years ago - Ronnie O'Sullivan - watching on.

The Welshman won a gripping final 18-16 to add to his titles in 2000 and 2003.

The famously laid-back Williams started the first day of the final eating a kebab at 2.30am after his late-night Saturday semi-final finish.

He also charmed spectators a few frames into the contest by having a bag of minstrels handed to him by a fan in the audience, as well as a few wine gums.

Mark Williams won a third world title and stripped naked for the snooker media.

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Williams did not make the Crucible past year and said: 'It's unbelievable.

"It's an unbelievable story, 12 months ago I was thinking of chucking it". I've just done something I never thought I would.

"You've got to expect a comeback because when you're 50 or 60 in front he's the best I've ever seen at clearing up and that includes O'Sullivan".

Clearly he hadn't learned his lesson about making promises, though, saying that if he manages to win next year he will "cartwheel round here naked".

He made breaks of 131, 67 and 82, each time ruthlessly punishing mistakes from Williams whose once huge lead was down to just two frames at 15-13.

"I tried to put him under pressure tonight but it just wasn't enough".

Having then lost eight of the previous nine frames, the world No 7 could have crumbled but instead he grittily made contributions of 41 and 33 to move back ahead at 16-15 before nervelessly edging within one of victory thanks to a break of 100. The Welshman, however, held his nerve in the next frame, a break of 69 taking him over the line.

Williams stopped the rot and had a healthy 15-10 advantage heading into the evening, only for Higgins to level proceedings at 15-15.

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