Mark Williams

Snooker Player
Born Mar 21, 1975

Mark James Williams, MBE is a Welsh professional snooker player who has been World Champion twice, in 2000 and 2003. Often noted for his single-ball potting, he has earned the nickname, The Welsh Potting Machine. He has been ranked the world number 1 for a total of three seasons in his career. The first left-handed player to win the World Championship, Williams has won 18 ranking tournaments, including the UK Championship twice, in 1999 and 2002.… Read More

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1975 Birth Born on March 21, 1975.


1992 17 Years Old He turned professional in 1992 and finished his first season ranked 119th, and within three seasons was ranked in the Worlds top 16, breaking into the 16 for the 1996/1997 season.


1996 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams` first ranking tournament win came in January 1996, when he claimed the Welsh Open title, beating John Parrott 9–3 in the final.
1997 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1997, he also won the British Open, beating Stephen Hendry 9–2 in the final. … Read More
1998 23 Years Old In the 1998 World Championship, he reached the semi-finals, losing 14–17 to Ken Doherty. … Read More
1999 24 Years Old 1 More Event
The first left-handed player to win the World Championship, Williams has won 18 ranking tournaments (fifth on the all-time list), including the UK Championship twice, in 1999 and 2002. … Read More
2000 - 2002 3 More Events
2003 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In the UK Championship final he beat Ken Doherty 10–9, and in the Masters he beat Hendry 10–4, Before the 2003 World Championship he had a scare with his cue when it was damaged and badly bent on his flight with Ryanair to play in the Irish Masters, but he had it repaired before the tournament.


2005 30 Years Old On 20 April, in 2005 he became the first Welshman, and the fifth player in history to score a maximum break at the Crucible Theatre in the World Championship. … Read More
On 26 March 2006, Williams won his 16th (and first ranking event in two and a half years), the China Open in Beijing, beating Higgins 9–8 in the final. … Read More
2007 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Following his second World Championship his form declined, and he dropped out of the top 16 following the 2007/2008 season, but regained his place for 2009/2010. … Read More
At the World Championship he defeated Mark Davis, however a 7–13 defeat to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the second round forced him out of the top 16, pushing him into the qualifiers for 2008/2009. … Read More
2009 34 Years Old The 2009/2010 season started badly however when Williams broke his wrist in a fall at home, less than a month before the first ranking event of the season, the Shanghai Masters. … Read More
2010 35 Years Old 1 More Event
After these signs of form, in April 2010 he won his first ranking tournament in four years – the China Open. … Read More
2011 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams won the first ranking event of 2011, the German Masters, by defeating Mark Selby 9–7 in the final. … Read More
2012 - 2013 2 More Events
2014 39 Years Old Williams lost in the second round of his first two ranking events of the 2014/2015 season. … Read More
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