Welsh professional snooker player Mark Williams, 43, is competing to be crowned World Champion in the 2020 World Snooker Championship, which will end on Sunday, August 16. The three-time world champion last won in 2018, when he became the second oldest winner of the World Championship at the Crucible, aged 43.
Often referred to as The Welsh Potting Machine due to his single-ball long potting ability, he has ranked the world number 1 for a total of three seasons.
Williams’ most successful season to date was 2002/2003, when he won the acclaimed treble of tournaments.
In doing so, he became only the third player, after Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry, to win all three Triple Crown events in one season.
The Welshman is also the first left-handed player to win the World Championship.
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Who will win?
A spokesperson for The Pools said: “Defending champion and world number one Judd Trump was the 11/4 favourite to retain his title when the tournament kicked off, he’s now out to 10/1 with thepools.com, the country’s oldest established betting platform and the only betting company to predate the World Snooker Championship – first won by Joe Davis in 1927.
“Trump is trailing in his quarter-final, leaving Mark Selby, already safely in the semi-finals, as a hot 9/4 favourite.
“We should have been wary of the “Crucible Curse”, the superstition which has ensured that since the World Championships moved to Sheffield 43 years ago no first time champion has ever successfully defended his title!
“Kyren Wilson, who leads Trump, is 5/2 second favourite while Ronnie O’Sullivan is 4/1, despite trailing Mark Williams, who is 5/1, midway through their quarter-final.”