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Williams strips after World Snooker title win

The Welshman promised he would do the conference in the buff if he won, and stayed true to his word, with just a towel to cover his modesty.

Higgins fought back from 15-10 down to level at 15-15 but Williams won the next two frames and although he missed a simple pink to clinch the match 18-15, he kept his nerve to close out victory 15 years after he won his second world crown.

Mark Williams with the trophy after winning the 2018 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 7, 2018. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Image:The Welshman promised he would do the conference in the buff if he won

Williams became the oldest winner at the Crucible for 40 years and his victory represents a remarkable change in fortune. Last year he did not even qualify for the finals..

Williams strips after World Snooker title win
Williams strips after World Snooker title win

“Cold in here isn’t it?”, he said, as he entered the press room.

Mark Williams conducts his post match interview without any clothes after winning the 2018 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 7, 2018. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Image:‘It feels a little bit uncomfortable at the minute’

Asked how his success felt, Williams said: “It feels a little bit uncomfortable at the minute. I had to wear the towel on the orders of Barry Hearn otherwise I would just have walked in, just crying.

“It’s an unbelievable story. Twelve months ago I was thinking about chucking it, and here I am doing an interview having won the 2018 World Championship, naked.

“If I won this again next year I’d do this again – I’d cartwheel round here naked.

Mark Williams conducts his post match interview without any clothes after winning the 2018 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 7, 2018. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Richard Sellers/PA Wire
Image:Williams joked about the room being cold

“I’m going to party the night away. Last time I won it I think I had half a pint of milk and went to bed. I’m not going to bed this time – it’ll be daylight before I get to bed.”

He added: “I’m so happy I won. I can’t believe I beat him really because he’s one of the best there’s ever been.”

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