Mark Williams vows to cartwheel naked if he wins a fourth world title

Mark Williams held off John Higgins to win the world title
Mark Williams held off John Higgins to win the world title

World champion Mark Williams has vowed to "cartwheel naked" in the Crucible Theatre if he wins the World Snooker Championship next year.

Williams landed his third world title when defeating John Higgins 18-16 in an epic climax to an enthralling final at the Crucible Theatre yesterday.

True to his world, the Welshman performed his post-match press conference naked bar a sponsors' towel having promised to do so if he went on to lift the trophy.

Williams said: "If I won this again next year, I'd do this again - I'd cartwheel round here naked."

For Williams, victory capped a remarkable turnaround in fortunes which had taken such a downturn turn that he seriously considered retirement at the end of last season.

His wife, Jo, persuaded him to continue and having found himself a new coach, the Welshman has enjoyed a stellar campaign, culminating in claiming the biggest prize in snooker.

Wins in the Northern Ireland Open and German Masters restored the belief in his game and with his consistency returned, Williams worked his way back into the top 16 having failed to qualify for the Crucible 12 months ago.

Williams added: "It's an unbelievable story.

"Twelve months ago I was thinking about chucking it in, and here I am doing an interview having won the 2018 World Championship, naked.

"I thought these days had all passed to be honest."

The Welshman was also keen to pay tribute to Higgins, adding: "I can't believe I beat him really because he's one of the best there's ever been.

"You've got to expect a comeback because when you're 50 or 60 in front, he's the best I've ever seen at clearing up and that includes O'Sullivan.

"What a match to be involved in. I'm so happy I won."

As for Higgins - already a four-time world champion - it was another case of what might have been, having lost to Mark Selby in the final last year, but he was typically gracious in defeat.

He said: "Obviously I'm disappointed but it was great to play in such an occasion in front of this crowd, and Mark is a brilliant champion.

"I didn't want to lose with a session to spare, and at 14-7 that looked possible.

"I tried to put him under pressure tonight but it just wasn't enough."

Related links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa
1

Bielsa watched all opponents

Marcelo Bielsa admitted sending a member of his staff to watch all of Leeds' opponents in training this season during an elaborate presentation on his preparation for games.

Mark Allen2

Masters Snooker: Results & schedule

The draw, schedule, results and odds from the 2019 Dafabet Masters, which will take place from January 13-20 at Alexandra Palace in London.

Check out our latest racing Nap3

Daily Nap: Air raid

David Ord sides with a Tom George-trained top weight at Wincanton on Thursday as he looks to get back to winning ways.

Zach Johnson4

Time is right to take on Rose

Ben Coley ponders the curious tale of Harris and Hudson ahead of The Desert Classic, while revealing his first-round fancies.

Derby County celebrate5

FA Cup: Derby win on penalties

Derby set up an FA Cup fourth-round tie with League One Accrington by upsetting Southampton 5-3 on penalties.

Most Read

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa
1

Bielsa watched all opponents

Marcelo Bielsa admitted sending a member of his staff to watch all of Leeds' opponents in training this season during an elaborate presentation on his preparation for games.

Mark Allen2

Masters Snooker: Results & schedule

The draw, schedule, results and odds from the 2019 Dafabet Masters, which will take place from January 13-20 at Alexandra Palace in London.

Check out our latest racing Nap3

Daily Nap: Air raid

David Ord sides with a Tom George-trained top weight at Wincanton on Thursday as he looks to get back to winning ways.

Zach Johnson4

Time is right to take on Rose

Ben Coley ponders the curious tale of Harris and Hudson ahead of The Desert Classic, while revealing his first-round fancies.

Derby County celebrate5

FA Cup: Derby win on penalties

Derby set up an FA Cup fourth-round tie with League One Accrington by upsetting Southampton 5-3 on penalties.

Racing Tips

Check out our latest racing Nap

Daily Nap: Air raid

David Ord sides with a Tom George-trained top weight at Wincanton on Thursday as he looks to get back to winning ways.

Check out our preview of the day's action

Thursday's racing preview

Anita Chambers makes Glory Of Paris her best bet and she has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Mister Whitaker is backed to fulfil his potential

Antepost Angle: Gold Cup & Ryanair

Matt Brocklebank's latest antepost preview focuses on two of the biggest races of Cheltenham Festival week - the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Ryanair Chase.

Next Race Off

09:00 Mysore
10
(1)
Scarlet Burning
J: Irvan Singh
9
(10)
Poker Queen
J: M Madhu Babu
8
(3)
Lady Of Luxury
J: Imran Chisty

Football Tips

Our best bets for the latest FA Cup round

Saints to take second chance

Southampton and Derby played out an entertaining 2-2 draw last time out, but George Pitts expects it to be more straightforward this time around.

Our best bets for Norwich v Birmingham

Friday night shots at Carrow Road

With 6/1, 9/1 and 11/1 winners among others in 2019 already, Tom Carnduff picks out three best bets for Friday night's game.

Sporting Life Price Boost for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sporting Life Price Boost

Sky Bet have enhanced the odds of a treble on Wednesday's football, exclusively for Sporting Life readers.