Williams leads Higgins in World Snooker final

The world snooker champion was mark Williams

Mark Williams won the world snooker championship for the third time, 15 years after his last, after beating John Higgins 18-16 in one of the great finals at the Crucible Theatre on Monday. The 43-year-old is the oldest victor since Ray Reardon took the crown in 1978 at the age of 45. He did not even qualify in 2017, and last reached the final 15 years ago, when he defeated Ken Doherty.

Williams said: "It's unbelievable".

He joked that he would turn up for the press conference naked if he won this year's World Championship, and true to his word, he strode into the media room wearing just a towel, which he removed when shielded by a table.

He told the crowd "As long as Barry Hearn is not going to fine me or discipline me, I'll have to do it". "I was seriously thinking of giving up, but my wife, Joanne, said I can't sleep in the house 24 hours a day".

The Cwm native, who is nicknamed the Welsh Potting Machine, withstood an incredible fightback from John Higgins to land his third Crucible title, a full 15 years after his second.

Williams failed to qualify for the final last year and almost quit the sport after having not won a ranking title for six years.

"The turnaround in the past 12 months is something I can not work out", the 43-year-old told BBC Sport.

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For Williams, his sterling season has seen him claim: Northern Ireland Open, German Masters and theBetfred World Snooker Championship.

'I'm not going to emulate him [Reardon],' said Williams.

'I don't know where that last break came from but it's one of the best I've made under pressure in my life.

Mark Williams promised the world he would take questions in the nude if he brought home a world title and last night, he proved he is a man of his word.

But at the moment he first stood on the brink of winning, Williams twitched, missing a pink that was match ball. I'm not going to bed this time - it'll be daylight before I get to bed.

"I am proud of what I have achieved, against them and Stephen Hendry, but you can't class me as good as them". All three of his Crucible triumphs have come with an 18-16 final scoreline. I watched it in a caravan.

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