Wil­liams claims third snooker world ti­tle

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Sport -

Mark Wil­liams fought off a stun­ning come­back from John Hig­gins to claim his third world snooker crown this week and then ful­filled a pledge to ap­pear naked at his press con­fer­ence. The Welsh­man won a grip­ping inal 18-16 to add to his ti­tles in 2000 and 2003. At 43, he be­came the old­est win­ner since his fel­low Welsh­man Ray Rear­don tri­umphed aged 45 in 1978. Hig­gins, 42 and seek­ing a fifth ti­tle, fought back from a seven-frame deficit to draw level at 15-15, but Wil­liams held on to take the sport’s show­case event 71-0 in the 34th frame. It capped a re­mark­able late-ca­reer re­vival as he did not even qual­ify for the cham­pi­onships in 2017, and last reached the inal 15 years ago when he de­feated Ken Do­herty. “Last year I watched this in a car­a­van hav­ing some [drinks]. I just can’t be­lieve it, I was se­ri­ously think­ing of giv­ing up,” Wil­liams said. For­mer cham­pion Steve Davis com­men­tat­ing for the BBC de­scribed it as “the best inal ever.” Davis wasn’t the only one left in awe at what he had wit­nessed with ref­eree Bren­dan Moore tak­ing to Twit­ter to de­clare, “Well I’ve reffed some great games in my time, but that was an ab­so­lute clas­sic.”

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