Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Mark Williams Does Press Conference Naked After Winning World Championship

Mark Williams Does Press Conference Naked After Winning World Championship

And true to a promise he made earlier in the tournament, the now three-time world champion conducted his post-match press conference completely naked, apart from a strategically placed Betfred towel to cover his
modesty.

The 43-year-old became the oldest victor of the Betfred World Championship since compatriot Ray Reardon in 1978. "Last time I won it I think I had half a pint of milk and went to bed". I was thinking, "Jesus, I'm not going to get over the line here". "I was seriously thinking about giving up previous year and my game was crap, but it's in pretty good shape now".

Williams won seven frames on the trot to lead 14-7 but Higgins duly started to display his trademark battling qualities and never-say-die attitude to retrieve the situation and, with the scores locked at 15-15, there apparently was only going to be one victor. I got a little bit emotional towards the end as well.

The stunning success capped a winning streak for new world No3 Williams this season - with this a fourth title of the campaign.

The match was anyone's game and was tantalisingly poised at 15-15 before Williams nudged 17-15 ahead.

Williams braved the chilly conditions in the room but remarked, "Cold in here, innit?"

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Higgins looked down and out at 14-7 but rallied, summoning all his experience to give himself every chance of an unlikely turnaround. I've just done something I never thought I would.

Higgins came back from 15-10 down to level at 15-15 during the final session, but Williams held his nerve to win.

"I'm sure they've enjoyed it". Only a year ago, he failed to qualify for the World Championship and was by his own admission very close to retiring from the sport.

For Higgins, it will mark as bitter disappointment as he falls agonisingly short at the final hurdle for a second consecutive season in the sport's blue riband championship.

But Higgins ensured there wouldn't be a final finishing with a session to spare for the first time since 1993, as a gritty run of 67 handed him frame 22 before knocks of 72 and
80 closed the gap even further, to 14-10.

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