I'll cartwheel naked next year - Snooker champ Williams

Mark Williams has won the 2018 World Snooker Championship

Mark Williams has won the 2018 World Snooker Championship

Williams is the oldest world champion since his fellow countryman Reardon won in 1978 at the age of 45.

Higgins had roared back from 14-7 behind to level at 15-15, feasting on mistakes from his opponent, putting the Scot seemingly on the march to glory and Williams in turmoil.

Twelve months ago, Williams had grown so frustrated with his game that he meant to pack it in, until wife Jo convinced him otherwise, and now he's capped a renaissance season by beating John Higgins 18-16 in a remarkable Betfred World Snooker Championship final.

Higgins, who made an amateurish error to gift Williams the closing frame, can take heart from 12 months ago when he led Mark Selby by the same margin before the world number one battled back to win the title 18-15.

"Where has it come from? I was seriously thinking of giving up, but my wife Joanne said I can't sleep in the house 24 hours a day".

Mark Williams withstood an incredible fightback from John Higgins to land his third Betfred World Championship title and stripped off in celebration.

"Actually, if I won it again next year, I'd do it again. I'd cartwheel around here naked next year".

'Put simply, Mark's found the middle of the cue-ball again, ' explained 1991 world champion John Parrott.

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"The turnaround in the past 12 months is something I can not work out", Williams told BBC Sport.

"If I never win another tournament or my form goes downhill, I don't care because I've just done something I thought I'd never ever do".

However, Williams pulled through and won 18-16 by the end of the match.

Wearing only a towel in front of a packed press room the newly crowned World Champion said 'I got emotional towards the end because it's a big occasion.

"I'm sure they've enjoyed it". Surely I can come back and make a good fist of it next year'.

Mark Williams of Wales and his families pose for a picture with his trophy after winning the World Snooker Championship at Crucible Theatre on May 7, 2018 in Sheffield, England. "The break in the last frame was one of the best I've made under pressure in my life".

Williams failed to qualify for the 2017 tournament, and said he had watched it from his caravan.

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