Mark Williams Goes Naked At Press Conference After World Snooker Championship Win

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Mark Williams stayed true to his word last night, after pledging to appear naked at the post-event press conference if he won the 2018 World 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.

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.

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

Almost true to his world - he later disclosed that Barry Hearn ordered him to wear the towel - Williams strolled to the media room with some interesting tattoos on show.

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The 43-year-old became the oldest victor of the Betfred World Championship since compatriot Ray Reardon in 1978.

Williams, previously triumphant in 2000 and 2003, lost in the final round of qualifying a year ago.

"But for him to do that, I can only imagine what he went through, coming back every year and going again". He did not even qualify in 2017, and last reached the final 15 years ago, when he defeated Ken Doherty.

"Last year I watched this in a caravan having some beers".

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Asked how his success felt, the Welshman said: "It feels a little bit uncomfortable at the minute". I did not think there was another title in me 12 months ago. What an occasion, to play John at the Crucible in the final is unbelievable. I've just done something I never thought I would.

He appeared set for victory in the next frame only to lose from 63-0 up as Higgins, under intense pressure, produced a clearance of 65 to get back to one behind.

Back came Williams, and a century break to go one frame away from victory suggested his nerves had settled.

"I knew at the end if I didn't get enough in front he would clear up again but I'm over the moon".

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Williams took complete control and breaks of 61, 56, 69 and 52 helped him win all four frames before the mid-session interval - while the Scot scored just 31 points - to lead 14-7.