Thep­chaiya to take on Welsh wizard in fi­nal

B3.5m prize awaits win­ner of 6-red show­down

Bangkok Post - - SPORTS -

>> Thai­land’s Thep­chaiya Un-nooh faces Welsh pot­ting ma­chine Mark J Wil­liams in the fi­nal of the SangSom 6-red World Cham­pi­onship at the BCC Hall, Cen­tralPlaza Lard­prao this af­ter­noon.

Both Thep­chaiya and Wil­liams were in dev­as­tat­ing mood as they stormed past their re­spec­tive ri­vals, each spend­ing less than two hours in the arena.

Thep­chaiya was off to a good start and had lit­tle trou­ble in see­ing off Anthony McGill of Scot­land 7-3.

Two-time world cham­pion Wil­liams also recorded an em­phatic vic­tory, beat­ing Hong Kong’s Marco Fu by the same score­line.

Fu, fa­ther of two and win­ner of three rank­ing events, had it all to do as Wil­liams, world cham­pion in 2000 and 2003 who also made a Cru­cible max­i­mum 147 in 2005, raced four clear of him in only 41 min­utes.

There were no breaks of note from the 42-year-old Welsh­man, just steady con­tri­bu­tions and clever safety which Fu had no an­swer to.

Fu did com­pile the two high­est breaks of the match, a 70 in frame four and a 68 in frame eight and also won frame nine with a smaller run of 35.

These three breaks pro­vided Fu with his three frame suc­cesses as Wil­liams set about al­most dou­bling his money for his week’s work which so far has brought him five suc­ces­sive vic­to­ries.

As a los­ing semi-fi­nal­ist he would have re­ceived 750,000 baht com­pared to a min­i­mum 1.3 mil­lion baht for reaching the fi­nal. The win­ner of the tour­na­ment will earn 3.5 mil­lion baht.

Wil­liams has been with­out a tour­na­ment vic­tory since he won the 2011 Ger­man Masters.

But Wil­liams has won 17 rank­ing events to stand in fifth place on the all­time list though six years is an aw­ful long time for such a tal­ented player not to win an­other ti­tle of any sort.

The Welsh­man who lives in Ebbw Vale with wife Joanne and their three chil­dren, said af­ter his rapid vic­tory over Fu: “It’s nice to get to at least an­other fi­nal and I want to win this one so badly some­one will have to play out of their skin to beat me.

“My last fi­nal was against Mark Selby in last sea­son’s China Open. I lost 10-8 but it was a crack­ing game.”

Wil­liams took just 81 min­utes on frame times to beat Fu.

“I didn’t take many chances. Marco would prob­a­bly have de­stroyed me had I gone for ev­ery­thing and missed.

“I just con­cen­trated on win­ning frames with a min­i­mum of fuss and the plan worked a treat.”

The Welsh­man beat Michael Holt 6-2 in the quar­ter-fi­nals on Thurs­day night when Fu ousted Graeme Dott 6-5.

A to­tal of six Thai play­ers took part in the world cham­pi­onship, which of­fers a to­tal of 10 mil­lion in prize money.

Welsh vet­eran Mark J Wil­liams plans a shot against Marco Fu of Hong Kong.

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