Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Ballsy! Snooker world champ fulfills promise and attends presser naked

The world snooker champion was mark Williams Williams beats Higgins to win third world title
Felix Bryan | 09 May, 2018, 00:54

"I had to wear the towel on the orders of Barry Hearn (World Snooker chairman) otherwise I would just have walked in, just crying".

The 18-16 success made him the oldest victor of the tournament since 45-year-old Ray Reardon in 1978 and Williams fulfilled a promise to hold his press conference naked - although he wore a towel to protect his modesty.

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

Williams has now promised to perform "naked cartwheels" if he manages to defend his world title next year.

"But for him to do that, I can only imagine what he went through, coming back every year and going again".

"I would like to say a word about my long-time sponsor Ron Skinner who passed away recently, he did so much for me even in the bad times". "I've been playing some unbelievable stuff this season and I felt I could have a good run here".

It was a case of be careful what you wish for with Welshman Williams, who made the cheeky promise earlier in the tournament to attend his press conference naked should he clinch a third world crown at snooker's mecca.

"Last year I wasn't even here, but in the caravan having a beer having failed to qualify".

Williams did not make the Crucible previous year and said: 'It's unbelievable. "I've just done something I thought I'd never ever do".

At 14-7 ahead, Williams looked in cruise control heading into the final frames but against all odds, Higgins was able to fight back to 15-15 before losing out 18-16 at the end.

Back came Williams, and a century break to go one frame away from victory suggested his nerves had settled.

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.

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

"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".

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