Saturday 17 August 2019

'I played how I feel... terrible' - Williams

Mark Williams. Photo: Nigel Roddis/PA
Mark Williams. Photo: Nigel Roddis/PA

Mark Williams offered no excuses as his World Championship title defence ended at the hands of David Gilbert.

The Welshman, a shock winner of a third Crucible crown a year ago, went down to a 13-9 defeat in Sheffield.

Williams was in hospital overnight after complaining of chest pains following the first session on Friday, and admitted he knew from then that the title would not be staying with him for another year.

“He was the best player,” Williams said. “I played how I feel, absolutely terrible. I tried my best but I was 5-3 down and knew from then I wouldn’t win. I tried my best and won nine frames.”

Earlier, James Cahill’s Crucible fairy tale ended as the history-making amateur bowed out 13-12 to Stephen Maguire. Cahill caused the greatest shock in Sheffield snooker history when he beat world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round.

Meanwhile, China’s Zhou Yuelong  (21) takes a 9-7 advantage into this afternoon’s session after rallying against Ali Carter last night to retake the lead.  Barry Hawkins also leads Kyren Wilson on a 9-7 scoreline in the last 16 at the Crucible.

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