Williams strips off after dramatic World Championship win

Mark Williams wins World Snooker Championship 2018    
    MARK WILLIAMS has won his third World Snooker Championship at the age of 43

Mark Williams wins World Snooker Championship 2018 MARK WILLIAMS has won his third World Snooker Championship at the age of 43

Mark Williams won the World Snooker Championship for the third time in his career by defeating John Higgins at the Crucible on Monday night.

He claimed the Northern Ireland Open and German Masters this season and is the oldest world champion since 45-year-old Ray Reardon in 1978. Williams nearly quit the sport last summer after a decade of poor form, and failing even to qualify for the blue-riband tournament.

"It was unbelievable to play in front of this crowd", he said.

"Where has it come from?"

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Still, though, it was a valiant showing from both men and while the match itself would have been enough to go home happy with, the night's entertainment did not end with the snooker. "I was seriously thinking of giving up, but my wife, Joanne, said I can't sleep in the house 24 hours a day".

Mark Williams withstood an incredible fightback from John Higgins to land his third Betfred World Championship title and stripped off in celebration.

Clearly he hadn't learned his lesson about making promises, though, saying that if he manages to win next year he will "cartwheel round here naked".

"Williams said after to the BBC's Hazel Irvine that a year ago his game was "####" but after linking up with Steve Feeney of SightRight he helped him out.

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But at the moment he first stood on the brink of winning, Williams twitched, missing a pink that was match ball.

"I can't believe I beat him really because he's one of the best there has ever been".

15 years later and a lot more naked Mark Williams is champion of the world again, remarkable! Higgins had not expected another chance but came back to the table and cleared up with a 65 break, vintage snooker from the four-time champion. "I'm not going to bed this time - it'll be daylight before I get to bed!" Last week he pledged to do the press conference fully nude if he won, as long as promoter Barry Hearn wasn't going to "fine [him] or discipline [him]".

Higgins steamrollered the next 91-0 to leave the final tantalisingly poised at 15-14 as the players took a 10 minute time out.

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Williams failed to qualify for the 2017 tournament, and said he had watched it from his caravan.

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