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‘I would possibly appear handle a donkey’ – Williams vows to assault in Higgins showdown




Published 21/04/2021 at 22: 07 GMT

| Up as much as now 21/04/2021 at 22: 27 GMT

Ticket Williams insists he’ll hunch for his shots in opposition to feeble rival John Higgins within the last 16 of the World Championship even if it skill looking out handle “an absolute donkey”.

Williams faces Higgins for the principle time at the Crucible since the Welshman completed an 18-16 victory over his feeble rival within the 2018 final on his skill to ending a 15-one year look forward to his third world title.

The 23-cases ranking match winner is feeling certain about the condition of his recreation after a hit the final five frames in a 10-4 victory over qualifier Sam Craigie that included breaks of 94, 85, 76, 73, 53 and 52.

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“Tonight I performed in level of fact correctly to be appropriate. Every section of my recreation used to be robust and I saved him below stress,” stated Williams, who change into skilled within the identical one year as Higgins and fellow world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan as section of snooker’s fabled ‘Class of ’92’.

“I don’t mediate he did significant inferior tonight to be appropriate. The first session used to be a minute scrappy. For me to reach relieve out with a 5-4 lead, I used to be very joyful. I believed I used to be in level of fact stable tonight.”

Williams first faced Higgins within the last 64 of the Thailand Open in 1994 when he completed a 5-4 victory. He’s relishing locking cues with the four-cases world champion within the principle session of their most effective-of-25 frame clash on Friday afternoon.

“I’m anticipating dealing with John Higgins,” he stated.

“I’ve misplaced depend of how persistently we have got performed. We’ve had so many ethical games right here. Conclude ones, I’ve beat him, he’s beat me.

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“The final I performed him used to be doubtlessly the easiest match of my existence, appropriate thanks to the commonplace, the ambiance and the drama at the slay. This one isn’t going to be as ethical, nonetheless I’m going to like it, gather or lose.

“I’m capable of make sure you I received’t be afflicted of the occasion.

I will seemingly be going for some pots that if they hunch in, I will look 1,000,000 bucks. Within the occasion that they don’t, I will look handle an absolute donkey. I’m joyful with that. I don’t play the recreation to anxiousness about what other folks grunt I might perhaps perchance aloof or shouldn’t hunch for.

“If I mediate it is the easiest shot, I will hunch for it.”

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