Williams beats Higgins to win third world title

Mark Williams wins World Snooker Championship 2018    
    MARK WILLIAMS has won his third World Snooker Championship at the age of 43

Williams won the final 18 frames to 16 to capture his third world title, 15 years after his last. He was so unconvinced that he would return to the pinnacle of the sport that he made a promise: if he won a world title for the third time in his career, he would address the media completely naked. I had to wear the towel on the orders of Barry Hearn (chairman of World Snooker) otherwise I would just have walked in, just crying.

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.

Williams became the oldest victor at the Crucible for 40 years and his victory represents a remarkable change in fortune.

After securing his hat-trick of world titles with an 18-16 victory over John Higgins, the 43-year-old stuck to his word and stripped off to face questions from the press.

"Actually, if I won it again next year, I'd do it again". "Last year I wasn't even here".

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Williams didn't even make it to the Crucible a year ago having dropped out of the top 16 and lost in the qualifying rounds.

"It was a good match to watch but obviously I'm disappointed".

"A year ago I was thinking about chucking it, and here I am having just won the World Championship". It looked as though Williams had wilted and many snooker fans thought it may be because of his vow to show up to the post-final press conference stark naked if he won.

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

All the momentum was with Higgins, who had won six of the last seven frames, and Williams desperately needed to halt the charging Scot.

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Recall that previous year, Higgins also played in the world Cup final, but in a bitter struggle gave way to a younger Mark Selby.

"I just can't believe it".

'I knew at the end if I didn't get enough he was going to clear up again.

"Today I was 13-7 behind and I was anxious if I would take it to the fourth session, I didn't want to lose with a session to spare".

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.

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