Higgins, Williams to fight for title at snooker worlds

May 08, 2018, 03:18
Higgins, Williams to fight for title at snooker worlds

Six-time world champion Steve Davis on BBC Two: "That was an astonishing last frame with Higgins making a schoolboy error".

Both players are aiming to become the oldest champion since Ray Reardon, who was 45 when he triumphed in 1978, and shared four centuries and eight further breaks of 50 or more. But just like the Coen brothers' 2008 cat-and-mouse chase - starring the likes of Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones - the Crucible's leading men delivered on the big stage.

Wilson took the frame before the mid-session interval but he still had a mountain to climb, needing four of the next five to earn a first Crucible final appearance.

Ebdon appeared set to close it out in the penultimate frame only to miss a straight black off the spot and, indeed, the pair represented a barrel of nerves going into the decider as they missed one easy shot after another. This is a conversion rate he will not be happy with and with a good chance missed last night, it begs the question of whether he will ever be world champion.

But the 26-year-old Kettering cueman made a legion of new fans as he doggedly clung to the coat-tails of the Scottish great before the 42-year-old pulled away in Saturday's final session.

"I'm knackered", admitted Williams. The pleasing thing for me is I felt I performed, other than the first session.

"I was just tagging along with the two of them [Higgins and O'Sullivan] nicking tournaments here and there".

"I'm over the moon to be in the final". I thought what was the point - you've got to change something or retire.

A 63 break took him one pot from glory but there was another twist as he rattled a simple pink to win and Higgins cleared up. 'I was thinking about chucking it in past year.

"My arms and legs didn't feel like mine".

"The drama and the atmosphere out there was unbelievable". Throughout the match he was knocking the long ones in. I know it's going to be another mammoth final.

However, at the end of a season in which he reached the Masters final in January and in which there was certainly nothing cartoonish about the grit he showed on the baize, the world No.9 has vowed to come back even stronger.

Scot Higgins is seeking a fifth Crucible crown, 20 years after his first world title.

Higgins reached the World Championship final for the seventh time after beating Kyren Wilson 17-13, while Williams fought off hard challenge from 2013 finalist Barry Hawkins to win 17-15.

He will hope to avoid a repeat of last year's final, where he lost to Mark Selby.

Williams won the world title in 2000 and 2003. "It's a fantastic feeling".

"At the time I felt past year was my best opportunity to win it again. I don't know how the next game's going to transpire".

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