Williams takes title at 43 after final to savour

Williams takes title at 43 after final to savour

With the score 18:16 surprise of many, won the 43-year-old Welshman mark Williams, who won the third title of victor of the world championship in his career (the first two in 2000 and 2003).

He said: "As long as Barry Hearn isn't going to fine me or discipline me I'll have to do it", before Williams walked into his press conference undressed apart from a towel.

After collecting the trophy, Williams appeared at the news conference wearing nothing but a towel to protect his modesty, warning journalists not to "get too close".

The 43-year-old didn't even appear at the World Championship last year and had contemplated retiring from snooker following a lack of form.

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Williams, who beat Higgins 18-16 in absolute epic of a final, revealed that we'll see a lot more of him if he defends the title, and how he'd be celebrating, adding, "If I won this again next year, I'd do this again - I'd cartwheel round here naked".

And Williams has already made his promise, should he retain his title next year. "I was seriously thinking about giving up a year ago and my game was crap, but it's in pretty good shape now". He said of his family, during this year's tournament: "I'm sure they've enjoyed it".

"I made a really good break under pressure and my game is now in pretty good shape now".

"A year ago I was thinking about chucking it, and here I am having just won the World Championship".

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Back came Williams, and a century break to go one frame away from victory suggested his nerves had settled. I just did something I thought I would never ever do. Higgins was beaten 18-16, but he had played his part in one of the greatest Crucible finals. My missus couldn't stop crying for ages, I got a little bit emotional towards the end as well.

He appeared set for victory in the next frame only to lose from 63-0 up as Higgins, under intense pressure, produced a clearance of 65 to get back to one behind.

"I was 14-7 behind and I was anxious if I would (not) take it to the fourth session", Higgins said.

Williams reeled off two frames in a row, the second with a 100 break, but then missed a pink in the next frame that was match ball.

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