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Mark Williams – Player Profile, Career Summary, Stats

Mark Williams Player Profile

DOB: 21 March, 1975Nationality: WalesFirst Turned Pro: 1992
Highest Ranking: 1Ranking Titles: 24147 Breaks: 2

SHQ Stars: ★★★★★★★


Summary

Mark Williams turned professional at the same time as Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins in 1992.

However, while his contemporaries almost immediately got to grips with life on the professional tour, it took the Welshman a little longer to establish himself.

Williams didn’t win his first ranking title until he landed success on home soil at the 1996 Welsh Open, and his first appearance at the Crucible Theatre wasn’t until a year after that.

But supported by his famed laid back approach, once he finally did reach the summit of the game he was, for a period, an unmovable force.

Williams’ consistency around the turn of the century saw him clinch two world titles, initiate a firm hold on the world number one spot, and go on an incredibe streak of 48 events in which he always won at least his first game.

The pinnacle came during a remarkable period during the 2002/03 snooker season when the Welsh Potting Machine won all three Triple Crown titles.

When he triumphed at the LG Cup at the beginning of the following campaign, he held all four prestigious BBC tournaments at the time.

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In the 15 or so ensuing years there were many ups and downs – the worst of the downs seeing him drop to as low as 47 on the provisional world rankings.

Yet after a decade of underplaying his chances and threatening retirement, an unlikely resurgence occurred during the 2017/18 term.

Victories in the Six Red World Championship, the Northern Ireland Open, and the German Masters reinstilled the confidence he required to make a tilt in Sheffield.

A memorable run to the 2018 world final culminated in arguably the greatest Crucible title decider of them all, beating old foe Higgins 18-16 to land a third world crown – sparking an infamous nude press conference.

An all-time great, Williams is still regularly featuring at the business end of tournaments.


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Ranking Event Victories

  1. 1996 Welsh Open
  2. 1996 Grand Prix
  3. 1997 British Open
  4. 1998 Irish Open
  5. 1999 Welsh Open
  6. 1999 Thailand Masters
  7. 1999 UK Championship
  8. 2000 Thailand Masters
  9. 2000 World Snooker Championship
  10. 2000 Grand Prix
  11. 2002 China Open
  12. 2002 Thailand Masters
  13. 2002 UK Championship
  14. 2003 World Snooker Championship
  15. 2003 LG Cup
  16. 2006 China Open
  17. 2010 China Open
  18. 2011 German Masters
  19. 2017 Northern Ireland Open
  20. 2018 German Masters
  21. 2018 World Snooker Championship
  22. 2018 World Open
  23. 2021 WST Pro Series
  24. 2021 British Open

Other Notable Victories

  • The Masters (1998, 2003)
  • Six Red World Championship (2017)
  • Pot Black (2006)
  • Nations Cup (1999)
  • Minor ranking events (2010 PTC 1, 2013 Rotterdam Open)

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SHQ Stars: How it works

RatingSHQ StarsCareer Requirements
Black★★★★★★★multiple world champion; 30+ ranking titles; career triple crown; world no.1 (at least 3)
Pink★★★★★★world champion; 10+ ranking titles; multiple winner of triple crown events; member of top 2; 15+ seasons in top 16 (at least 3)
Blue★★★★★winner of triple crown event; 5+ ranking titles; member of top 4; 12+ seasons in top 16 (at least 2)
Brown★★★★2+ ranking titles; member of top 8; triple crown event finalist; 8+ seasons in the top 16 (at least 2)
Green★★★ranking title; member of top 16 (at least 1)
Yellow★★member of top 64
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