English Open 2017

Player Details

Mark Williams

D.O.B. 21 Mar 1975

 

Lives Ebbw Vale

Turned Pro 1992

 

Highest Tournament Break 147 - World Championship 2005, PTC series 2010

  • 18 Ranking event wins including: 1999 UK Championship, 2000 World Championship, 2002 UK Championship, 2002 China Open, 2003 World Championship
  • 1998, 2003 Masters Winner
  • Williams reached the last eight of the 2016 World Championship. The first time he had reached that stage in five years. After a comprehensive win over Graeme Dott at the Crucible, Williams beat good friend Michael Holt 13-8 in the last 32. Disaster struck before his quarter-final tie with Ding Junhui, the tip of his cue split the night before he was due to play. Williams struggled with the new tip and succumbed to a 13-3 defeat.
  • The Welshman enjoyed a successful 2014/15 campaign. He reached the semi-finals of the 2014 International Championship in China, he was only denied a spot in the final by a dramatic 9-8 defeat against Mark Allen.
  • Williams also reached the semi-finals of the 2015 Welsh Open in Cardiff, but was once again denied in the deciding frame, losing 6-5 to Ben Woollaston.
  • He did get his hands on a trophy that year, winning the World Seniors Championship in Blackpool at the first attempt, by beating Fergal O’Brien 2-1 in the final.
  • Williams won his first main world crown in 2000. He was 13-7 down in the final to countryman Matthew Stevens, but turned it around to win 18-16 at the Crucible.
  • He became a multiple World Champion three years later as he staved off a tremendous fight from Ken Doherty, to claim another 18-16 victory in a tense final. That completed an incredible hat-trick of snooker’s biggest titles, having won the UK Championship and Masters earlier that year.
  • The Welshman won his first of two Masters title in 1999. It came in the most dramatic of circumstances as his final with Stephen Hendry came down to a respotted black. Hendry missed a chance to the centre before Williams potted it in the baulk corner to take the title.
  • He made the first competitive 147 of his career in a match against Rob Milkins at the World Championships in 2005 – and that was handy timing as it scooped him a £161,000 bonus. He became the fifth player to make a maximum at the Crucible.
  • Williams was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2004 .
  • In his teenage years, Williams was a keen boxer and won several fights before a defeat against an older, heavier opponent which curtailed his career in the ring.