Mark Williams strips naked after winning third snooker world title

Rosalie Gross
May 9, 2018

Though, it was the first time he has conducted the post-victory press conference wearing just a towel.

And after saying earlier in the tournament that he would go naked to his press conference if he won the title, Williams walked into his press conference undressed apart from a towel.

Almost true to his world - he later disclosed that Barry Hearn ordered him to wear the towel - Williams strolled to the media room with some interesting tattoos on show.

At 43 he became the oldest victor since his fellow Welshman Ray Reardon triumphed aged 45 in 1978.

It marked a remarkable reversal of fortune for Williams, whose other triumph came in 2000, as he considered retirement after failing to qualify for last year's tournament. So it is unbelievable to be winning this again 15 years after the last time.

"I'm going to party the night away", said Williams.

"I thought days like this were absolutely gone, I mean I wasn't even here past year: I watched it in a caravan with some beers". This time Williams made no mistake, a break of 69 leaving Higgins needing three snookers.

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Both players are aiming to become the oldest champion since Ray Reardon triumphed in 1978 at the age of 45 - Williams is at 43 one year older than Higgins who won his first title in 1998.

"12 months ago I wasn't even here".

Higgins paid tribute to a "great champion" and said: 'The last frame was just a joke there for him to play that well under that pressure.

'If I'd lost I'd have been sick after having the pink to win, ' said Williams. Higgins responded by compiling a breathtaking break of 62 to win the frame by two points for 17-16.

Williams finally stopped Higgins's miraculous march to take the 31st and 32nd frames to leave "the Welsh potting machine" just one shy of the greatest prize in the sport. I've done something I never thought I'd do again'.

Back came Williams, and a century break to go one frame away from victory suggested his nerves had settled. I got a little bit emotional towards the end as well. I didn't want to lose with a session to spare, and at 14-7 that looked possible.

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