Mark Williams strips naked after World Snooker Championship final 2018 win

Tom Doyle
Evening Standard
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Mark Williams kept his word by celebrating a stunning World Snooker Championship final win by - somewhat reluctantly - stripping naked for his post-match press conference.

Williams won the World Championship on Monday night, beating John Higgins 18-16 in a thrilling final in Sheffield.

The drama was relentless and after Higgins drew level at 15-15 there was an unexpected shift in momentum.

Williams reeled off two frames in a row, the second with a 100 break, but then missed a pink in the next frame that was match ball.

Higgins cleared with a run of 65, taking the frame, but Williams was not to be denied glory.

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And Williams - who had the previous day promised to stick to his word and complete his press duties without the customary waistcoat (or little else, for that matter) - walked into the press conference after his win with just a towel on.

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The snooker star then shed the towel, and looked mortified as the world's press looked on in laughter.

Moments before, Williams had said of his win: "It's unbelievable. Twelve months ago I wasn't even here. I watched it in a caravan.

"To play John in a final is an experience in itself.

"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.

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"I was thinking, 'Jesus I'm not going to get over the line here'.

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

"But I'm over the moon."

Additional reporting by the Press Association.

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