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Watch: Mark Williams’ wonderful interview after British Open victory

02 Oct 2023 3 minute read
Mark Williams with the British Open trophy (Credit: ITV)

After Mark Williams had rolled back the years to see off Mark Selby’s spirited fightback and take the British Open title with a 10-7 victory he still seemed in somewhat of a daze.

You couldn’t blame him, it was a first tournament victory for sometime.

However, the Welshman couldn’t quite believe what he had achieved after beating four time world champion, Selby.

The Welshman had opened up a 3-0 lead in Sunday’s first session following breaks of 110 and 55. Selby, though, came back to snatch a frame before the interval with his own half-century clearance.

After Williams moved further ahead again with a clearance of 133, Selby fought back with breaks of 98 and 73 to end the session trailing just 5-3.


Selby took the first frame of the evening session with another century to close up again, only for Williams to respond and move into the interval with a 7-5 lead.

But Selby continued to dig in and secured back-to-back frames.

The Welshman ground out the 16th frame having trailed 56-0 with a 69 clearance to put him on the brink of victory.

Selby was 54-18 ahead in the next when he went round the back of a red up the table, handing Williams a free ball.

The Welshman took his opportunity, sinking the black before going on to clear up, taking the frame 59-54 and with it a 25th world ranking title.

“It was unbelievable towards the end, and both of us were feeling the nerves a bit – how I managed to win that last frame, I don’t know,” said the Welshman, who reckoned it was one of his best wins ever.

“I never expected I could still get to finals at 48 and to win, playing someone like Mark Selby, what can I say? These things don’t come along too often at my age, so I am just going to enjoy this one.”

Mark Williams interviewed after his 10-7 victory over Mark Selby to win the British Open title (Credit: World Snooker Tour)

Williams, a three-time world champion, is the second oldest winner of a ranking title – his first having come in 1996, but in a revealing interview with the World Snooker Tour he expressed his wish to continue playing.

“I’m going to keep on going until I can’t play anymore, how long I can keep going at this level I don’t know,” he said. “Ive always wanted to see where i would be at 50, so I’ll enjoy the ride while I’m still going.”

Mark Selby paid tribute to Williams’ efforts.

“He played amazing, I can’t remember him missing too many long balls – when he was at his peak he was doing that all the time and he sort of rolled back the years today,” Selby said.

“It wasn’t to be for me, I felt like I was fighting against it all day… but (in general) I feel good about my game. I dug in and gave it my all like always.”

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7 months ago

Llongyfarchiadau Mark. You have done Cymru proud. Good luck with your future.

Arthur Owen
Arthur Owen
7 months ago

Sensible interviewer gets meaningful answers.Who would have guessed?

7 months ago

Should be called Union flag open as that flag isn’t British!

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