Williams Sets Up Higgins Showdown – World Snooker

Mark Williams rattled off 5 frames on the bounce to see off Crucible debutant Sam Craigie 10-4 and arrange a second spherical conflict with acquainted foe John Higgins on the Betfred World Championship.

The final time Williams and Higgins locked horns on the Crucible was one of many all-time nice World Championship finals again in 2018, when Williams emerged an 18-16 victor in an epic encounter to assert his third world title. Nevertheless, it’s four-time World Champion Higgins who leads the head-to-head between the pair, holding a 20-18 benefit.

They are going to take to the baize for the primary session of their better of 25 showdown on Friday at 2:30pm. Pace demon Williams now heads into that match because the quickest participant on the World Snooker Tour, averaging simply 18.07 seconds per shot this season.

It was a disappointing night for 27-year-old Craigie, who fell away from 5-4 down after the opening session. The Wallsend cueman will nonetheless be capable to mirror on a memorable 10-9 Judgement Day win over Zhao Xintong in qualifying final week, which earned him his first look on the Theatre of Goals.

Williams wasted little time in surging to victory this night. Breaks of 53, 73 and 94 helped the Welshman to assert all the first 5 frames and canter over the road for a snug 10-4 win.

“Tonight I performed rather well to be sincere. Each a part of my sport was robust and I saved him beneath strain. I don’t suppose he did a lot flawed tonight to be sincere. The primary session was a bit scrappy. For me to come back out with a 5-4 lead, I used to be very completely happy. I assumed I used to be actually stable tonight,” stated 46-year-old Williams.

“I’m wanting ahead to dealing with John Higgins. I’ve misplaced rely of what number of occasions we’ve performed. We’ve had so many good video games right here. Shut ones, I’ve beat him, he’s beat me. The ultimate I performed him was in all probability the perfect match of my life, simply due to the usual, the ambiance and the drama on the finish. This one isn’t going to be pretty much as good, however I’m going to take pleasure in it, win or lose.

“I can assure you I received’t be terrified of the event. I can be going for some pots that in the event that they go in, I’ll look one million {Dollars}. In the event that they don’t, I’ll seem like an absolute donkey. I’m pleased with that. I don’t play the sport to fret about what individuals say I ought to or shouldn’t go for. If I believe it’s the proper shot, I’ll go for it.”

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