Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Naked Mark Williams celebrates becoming world snooker champion

Naked Mark Williams celebrates becoming world snooker champion

Newly crowned world snooker champion Mark Williams has vowed to perform naked cartwheels if he repeats his stunning triumph next year - after stripping off in celebration of his nailbiting victory.

'Last time I won I had a glass of milk and went to bed but I'm going to party the night away this time'. Though, it was the first time he has conducted the post-victory press conference wearing just a towel.

Scooping the Crucible crown, 15 years after his last triumph, at the age of 43 ensured Williams became the oldest victor of the tournament since fellow countryman Ray Reardon, who was 45 when victorious in 1978.

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

Williams, who won the title in 2000 and 2003, had all but retired from the sport previous year, until his wife convinced him to return. It is one of the best breaks under pressure that I've ever seen.

'I don't know where that last break came from but it's one of the best I've made under pressure in my life. I watched it in a caravan.

'If I'd lost I'd have been sick after having the pink to win, ' said Williams.

Williams led 10-7 going into today's final two sessions and swiftly extended his advantage by winning four consecutive frames as he demonstrated his potting prowess. The Welshman, however, held his nerve in the next frame, a break of 69 taking him over the line.

Mark Williams doesn't just win world snooker championships. What an occasion, to play John at the Crucible in the final is unbelievable.

"I don't think she wanted me in the house 24 hours a day". I was still upbeat about my game and then luckily it changed round and Mark missed a few times at 50 or 60 in front and I managed to clear up and that got me back in the game.

"I was 14-7 behind and I just wanted to take it to a final
session - I didn't want to lose with a session to spare".

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