Williams leads Higgins in World Snooker final

Mark Williams

15 years after winning his second snooker world championship, Mark Williams added a third by defeating fellow veteran John Higgins at The Crucible.

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.

The 18-16 success made him the oldest victor at the Crucible since 45-year-old Ray Reardon in 1978 and Williams fulfilled a promise to hold his press conference naked - although he wore a towel to protect his modesty.

The video above shows Williams enter a packed room with a Betfred towel covering him.

The 43-year-old, who had promised to strip off if he won, beat Scotland's John Higgins 18-16 in a dramatic final to become the event's oldest victor for 40 years.

Williams, who won the title in 2000 and 2003, had all but retired from the sport past year, until his wife convinced him to return. He did not even qualify in 2017, and last reached the final 15 years ago, when he defeated Ken Doherty. I was watching it in a caravan sipping beers, ' Williams said.

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'If I'd lost I'd have been sick after having the pink to win, ' said Williams.

He led 10-7 overnight and soon stretched that to 14-7, Higgins potting just 31 points over the four frames.

Despite a late rally that saw Higgins close to 14-10 behind from 14-7 adrift, Williams - champion in 2000 and 2003 - won the final frame of the third session to boost his hopes of the £425,000 first prize in Sheffield with a 15-10 lead. Twelve months ago I wasn't even here. After a stupid pre Snooker World Championships promise he did his post tournament press conference as world champion and in the nude! The Welshman, however, held his nerve in the next frame, a break of 69 taking him over the line. Higgins responded by compiling a breathtaking break of 62 to win the frame by two points for 17-16. I just did something I thought I would never ever do.

'I knew at the end if I didn't get enough he was going to clear up again.

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

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