Monday, 16 July, 2018

Gwent's Mark Williams strips naked for press conference following championship victory

The world snooker champion was mark Williams Williams beats Higgins to win third world title
Ivan Hill | 09 May, 2018, 08:01

Mark Williams stripped off for his post-match press conference after beating John Higgins to land his third World Championship title. Reardon was 45 when he won his last World title - Williams is 43.

Having finished runner-up to Selby previous year, Higgins becomes the first player to lose back-to-back finals since Jimmy White lost five in a row from 1990-94.

"It's an unbelievable story really", the nude champion told reporters. But Williams, who won his last world title 15 years ago, held on to secure the victory, along with a cheque for £425,000.

"Where has it come from?" "I'm going to keep my mouth shut next year, not say anything stupid and end up like this!" I've just done something I never thought I would.

He joins Mark Selby as a three-time Crucible champion, behind only Stephen Hendry with seven, Steve Davis with six, Ronnie O'Sullivan with five and Higgins with four.

It was an emotional experience that I did not think I was going to get again. The antics did not just end here, Williams has now vowed to perform naked cartwheels if he repeats his stunning triumph next year.

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Williams also posted a picture of the World Snooker Championship next to his TV in his hotel room. "I've been playing some unbelievable stuff this season and I felt I could have a good run here". He won the Northern Ireland Open and German Masters earlier this season and has now added a third world title to his honours roll.

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

Williams' blushes were spared by one solitary microphone that covered his modesty, and prevented journalists from grabbing a snap of two balls that Williams didn't pot that night.

"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".

"I enjoyed that one more than the other ones I've been in". "The last frame was just a joke there for him to play that well under that pressure". Fourtime champion Higgins had not expected another chance but came back to the table and cleared up.

Williams failed to qualify for the 2017 tournament, and said he had watched it from his caravan.

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