Mark Williams fulfills naked ambition to claim world title

Mark Williams has won the 2018 World Snooker Championship

Mark Williams has won the 2018 World Snooker Championship

He was so unconvinced that he would return to the pinnacle of the sport that he made a promise: if he won a world title for the third time in his career, he would address the media completely naked. Though, it was the first time he has conducted the post-victory press conference wearing just a towel.

At 43, Williams has become the tournament's oldest victor for 40 years.

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

At 43, Williams became the oldest victor of the sport's biggest prize since fellow Welshman Roy Reardon won his sixth and final world title in 1978.

Williams, who nearly quit last summer, beat four-time victor John Higgins 18-16 in a Sheffield thriller described as "the best final" by legend Steve Davis.

Williams was talked out of retirement a year ago by his wife following a slump in form that was so profound that he didn't even qualify for the Crucible.

"The red he potted in the last frame was a joke really and it was one of the best breaks I've ever seen under pressure to win it". "I'm going to keep my mouth shut next year, not say anything stupid and end up like this!"

Last time he won Williams said he "had half a pint of milk and went to bed".

"It was a good match to watch but obviously I'm disappointed". The Welshman, however, held his nerve in the next frame, a break of 69 taking him over the line.

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

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

He said before the tournament he would do his press conference naked if he won the World Title and clearly, he is a man of his word.

But defeat was a huge blow for Higgins, 42, who lost in the final for the second year in a row after blowing a 10-4 lead against Mark Selby 12 months ago. I was still upbeat about my game and then luckily it changed round and Mark missed a few times at 50 or 60 in front and I managed to clear up and that got me back in the game. I've just done something I never thought I would.

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