World champion Mark Williams makes winning return in Riga Masters

Mark Williams with his third world title
Mark Williams with his third world title

World champion Mark Williams began the new season with a first-round victory over Ben Woollaston at the Riga Masters.

Welshman Williams, who surprised himself with his Crucible success in May and famously stripped naked for his post-final press conference, was a 4-2 winner over English cueman Woollaston at the tournament in Latvia.

Defending champion Ryan Day bowed out 4-3 to Ali Carter, while other first-round winners included Shaun Murphy, Neil Robertson, Graeme Dott and Mark Allen. Jimmy White lost 4-0 to Ricky Walden.

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