Mark Williams
snooker player
Mark Williams
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.
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Abikanile "Bika" Mack-Williams, lawyer
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Abikanile "Bika" Mack-Williams, an attorney in the state public defender's office in Baltimore, died Sept. 14 of heart failure at a friend's Hanover home.
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Can Banks Cause Another Financial Crisis?
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Boston University finance professor Mark Williams weighs in on the financial crisis five years later.
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Morgan Park's Williams cleared to play by CPS
Chicago Times - about 4 years
Morgan Park’s loaded backcourt is now complete.
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(Snowless) Mountains Beyond (Snowless) Mountains: A Two-Minute Interview with Mark Williams
Nature Blogs - almost 5 years
Inspired by the 70-degree temperatures that have settled in recently, last week I invited a couple of writer friends over for lunch al fresco. While we sat in my yard under a cloudless sky, eating cauliflower-and-leek omelets and gabbing about work, the butter pooled in its glass dish and a bar of chocolate melted in its wrapper. All of which was a bit disconcerting, given that it was early March. In Boulder, Colorado. My season ski pass, meanwhile, sits forlornly in my desk drawer. Some near...
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WELSH OPEN 2012: Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens crash out
Daily Mail (UK) - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-590052" href="/mark+williams+2">Mark Williams</a> and <a class="fplink fp-596885" href="/matthew+stevens+1">Matthew Stevens</a> were dumped out in the last 16 of the 888 Welsh Open to end home involvement in Newport. Williams was beaten 4-1 by the in-form Ronnie O'Sullivan.
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Mark Williams secures close win against Andy Hicks in Round 1: 2012 Welsh Open
Bettor - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-590052" href="/mark+williams+2">Mark Williams</a> secures close win against <a class="fplink fp-325685" href="/andy+hicks+1">Andy Hicks</a> in Round 1: 2012 Welsh Open Snooker fans present at the Newport Centre arena in Newport, Wales, witnessed another tussling first-round clash after the previous close encounters between Steve Davis and Ali Carter, Mark Selby and Sam Baird. This time they watched their home favourite, <a class="fplink fp-590052" href="/mark+williams+2">Mark Williams</a> sneaking through a topsy-turvy first-round affair against Englishman <a class="fplink fp-325685" href="/andy+hicks+1">Andy Hicks</a> by the score line of 4-3. In the beginning, the match seemed to h...
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Mark Williams beats Andy Hicks in 888 Welsh Open
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World number two <a class="fplink fp-590052" href="/mark+williams+2">Mark Williams</a> squeezed past <a class="fplink fp-325685" href="/andy+hicks+1">Andy Hicks</a> 4-3 in the first round of the 888 Welsh Open in Newport.
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MPs fail in S4C Parliament vote - BBC News
Google News - over 5 years
Plaid Cymru&#39;s Hywel Williams, Labour&#39;s Susan Elan Jones and Liberal Democrat Mark Williams serve on a committee looking at the Public Bodies Bill. They tabled an amendment that would have removed the Welsh language broadcaster from the scope of the
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Lib-Dem calls for Welsh consumer powers - WalesOnline
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LIBERAL DEMOCRAT MP Mark Williams yesterday led calls for the Welsh Government to be given the power to set up its own body to deal with consumer issues. The Ceredigion MP fears that if the Consumer Focus watchdog is
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WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson inquires red-pink controversy in 17th frame of ... - bettor.com (blog)
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Snooker governing body, World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) chairman, Jason Ferguson, has launched an inquiry over the red-pink dispute that arose in the 17 th frame of 2011 Shanghai Masters final match between Mark Williams
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Shanghai dispute between Mark Selby and Mark Williams - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
By Sportsmail Reporter World snooker chiefs are to probe a controversial incident involving Mark Selby and Mark Williams in Sunday&#39;s Shanghai Open final. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association confirmed they have launched an inquiry ...&nbsp;-
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Williams: Joke referee cost me Shanghai title - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
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Mark Williams accused referee Eirian Williams of costing him the chance to win the Shanghai Masters title after he slipped to an agonising 10-9 defeat to Mark Selby in China. The pivotal point of an often tension-ridden final between the world&#39;s top ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Mark Williams Announces Bid for State House Post - Patch.com
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Lifelong Duluth resident Mark Williams today (Sept. 1) announced that he will be a Republican candidate in 2012 for the State House District 96 position representing parts of Duluth and Norcross. The seat is currently held by Democratic State Rep
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Illegal cages bound for Poland - Farming UK
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Mark Williams, chief executive of the British Egg Industry Council, said at Pig and Poultry Live this year that he expected 50 per cent of Poland&#39;s laying hens to be &#39;illegal&#39; when the EU ban came into force. Poland is not alone
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Capgemini helps clients accelerate the decision making process - Consultant News
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Mick James, Top-Consultant.com&#39;s management consultancy columnist, talks to Mark Williams, vice-president of Capgemini&#39;s Accelerated Solutions Environment, about finding solutions that work. I&#39;m sure everyone has their favourite consultancy cliché,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Williams
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 38
    Williams lost in the second round of his first two ranking events of the 2014/2015 season.
    More Details Hide Details His first quarter-final of the campaign was at the International Championship and he trailed Ronnie O'Sullivan 3–0, before Williams won five successive frames with a high break of 120. The match would go into a deciding frame which Williams won to beat the five-time world champion for the first time in 12 years. His semi-final match against Mark Allen also went all the way, after Williams had been 7–4 down, and a miss on the final red proved crucial as he was defeated 9–8. He was beaten 6–2 by Stephen Maguire in the third round of the UK Championship.
  • 2013
    Age 37
    In July 2013 he won the Rotterdam Open defeating Mark Selby 4–3 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details This was Williams' second title in a Players Tour Championship event. However, he had a poor season in the ranking events as he failed to reach a single quarter-final for the first time since the 2006/2007 season. He did earn an encouraging 4–3 win over world number one Neil Robertson at the Welsh Open, saying afterwards that he was glad he had ignored his friend Stephen Hendry's advice to retire and believed he still had ranking event titles left in him. He had chances to move 3–0 ahead in the last 16 against Marco Fu, but lost 4–2 stating that the Williams who won two world titles over 10 years ago was "dead". In the qualifying rounds for the World Championship, Williams lost 10–8 to Alan McManus, meaning he was absent from the tournament for the first time since 1996. Williams finished the campaign as the world number 18, the first time he has ended the season outside of the top 16 in six years.
  • 2012
    Age 36
    Williams first ranking event of the 2012/2013 season was the Wuxi Classic, where he beat Tom Ford and Mark Allen, before losing 3–5 to Marcus Campbell in the quarter-finals.
    More Details Hide Details He went one better at the Shanghai Masters by seeing off Mark Davis, Ricky Walden and Joe Perry to face Judd Trump in the semi-finals. Trump was 5–1 up and on a break of 53 for the match, but Williams came back to trail 4–5 before losing the next frame to come up short of completing a comeback. Williams then suffered a huge dip in form as he lost in the first round of six successive ranking events, with him stating after his defeat to Mark King in the UK Championship that he was contemplating retirement. During his string of defeats he did beat Matthew Stevens in the non-ranking Masters from 4-1 down (Stevens also missed a pot for 5-1), but then lost 1–6 to eventual champion Mark Selby. At the China Open in March Williams won his first match in a ranking event since September with a 5–2 victory against Lü Haotian and continued his run by defeating Ali Carter 5–4, before losing 1–5 to Selby in the quarter-finals. At the World Championship he lost 6–10 to debuting compatriot Michael White in the first round and admitted afterwards that the season had been one he would be looking forward to forgetting, but has committed to playing next year. His poor season saw him drop 12 places in the rankings to world number 15.
  • 2011
    Age 35
    At the 2011 World Snooker Championship, Williams defeated Ryan Day 10–5 in the first round, and Jamie Cope 13–4 in the second round.
    More Details Hide Details He then won his quarter-final against Mark Allen by the same scoreline, and in doing so he reached the semi-final stage for the first time since 2003, but lost 14–17 against John Higgins. As a result of Selby's exit from the tournament Williams became the new world number one after the event. At the World Cup Williams was partnered with Matthew Stevens to represent Wales, and they reached the semi-finals, losing 1–4 against China. Williams then reached the final of the Australian Goldfields Open, but lost 8–9 against Stuart Bingham, after leading 8–5 at one point of the match. Williams also lost from a winning position in the final of the next major ranking event, the Shanghai Masters. His run included a 6–5 win over Neil Robertson in the semi-final, and he led Mark Selby 9–7 in the final, but lost the last three frames to lose 9–10. The defeat also meant that Selby took the world number one spot from Williams. He was beaten in the last 16 of the UK Championship by Ricky Walden and reached the quarter-finals in his defence of the German Masters, where he succumbed 3–5 to Stephen Lee. Williams suffered a 1–5 defeat to Mark King in the first round of the World Open and by the same scoreline to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the second round of the China Open.
    Williams won the first ranking event of 2011, the German Masters, by defeating Mark Selby 9–7 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details At the China Open Williams couldn't defend his title, as he lost in the first round 4–5 against Stephen Lee, despite making four centuries.
  • 2010
    Age 34
    He was selected to compete in the 2010 Premier League, due to his success from the previous season, the first time he has competed in the event for five years, but failed to reach the semi-finals.
    More Details Hide Details At the UK Championship he reached the final, his run including a 9–8 victory over Shaun Murphy after trailing 6–8, but lost against John Higgins 9–10 in the final, after leading 7–2, 8–4 and 9–5 at some points of the match, as well as leading the 17th frame by 29 points with only the colours remaining, meaning Higgins needed a snooker to stay in the match. Williams' next tournament was the Masters, where he lost 4–6 in the first round against Ding Junhui.
    After these signs of form, in April 2010 he won his first ranking tournament in four years – the China Open.
    More Details Hide Details On his way he beat Jamie Cope 5–3, the then reigning world champion John Higgins 5–2, Marco Fu 5–1 and Ali Carter 6–4, setting up a clash with Ding Junhui in the final. Trailing 3–5 at one point, Williams eventually won the match 10–6. This was Williams' 17th ranking event win and his 3rd China Open. After his victory Williams said: "I'm over the moon to win again. It's been a long time coming but I've kept working hard and I felt that in the end the results would come." In the World Snooker Championship Williams defeated Marcus Campbell 10–5 in the first round, but lost his second round match against Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–13. He finished the season ranked 8th. Williams opened the season by winning the first event of the Players Tour Championship by defeating Stephen Maguire 4–0 in the final, a new addition to the snooker calendar introduced by Barry Hearn, a series of events that Williams has supported. Williams finished 6th on the Players Tour Championship Order of Merit.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this injury he played in Shanghai, wearing a cast on his wrist because removal of the cast could have caused long term damage. There he won his first round match against Joe Swail 5–3, but lost in the next round against John Higgins 1–5. In the Grand Prix he secured wins over Stuart Bingham, Stephen Hendry and Robert Milkins on his way to the semi-finals but despite racking up a 142 (the highest break of the tournament) in the first frame against Ding Junhui, he lost 1–6. In the UK Championship he led Graeme Dott 6–2, before Dott retired due to illness and thus winning the match 9–2. After this he lost his next match against Peter Lines 8–9. At the Masters he won his wild card round match, beating Rory McLeod 6–2. Then he won his first round match against Ali Carter 6–3 to progress to the quarter-finals of the event, despite being involved in a traffic accident the day before his match against Carter. It was reported that a car drove into the back of the 4x4 his sponsors had lent him, which was carrying Williams and Stephen Hendry to a restaurant. In the quarter-finals he defeated Shaun Murphy 6–4, but eventually lost a high quality match in the semi-finals 5–6 against Ronnie O'Sullivan. In the Welsh Open, he reached the quarter-finals, beating Fergal O'Brien 5–2, Andrew Higginson 5–0 before losing against Stephen Maguire 1–5.
  • 2008
    Age 32
    In 2008/2009 he reached the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters and UK Championship, but also suffered three qualifying defeats.
    More Details Hide Details The UK Championship particularly saw some return to form as he beat Mark Selby and Graeme Dott 9–7, before losing narrowly 8–9 to Ali Carter. He also qualified for the World Championship but lost 7–10 to Stephen Hendry after leading 7–5. During the end of the match he suffered some trouble with his tip. However, he had done enough to return to the top 16 at the end of the season.
    On 8 July 2008 it was announced that Williams had split from his management company 110 Sport, following O'Sullivan and Stephen Maguire.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In that match he was on the receiving end of a 147 from O'Sullivan.
  • 2007
    Age 31
    His first win of the 2007/2008 season came in the Grand Prix with a 4–3 win over Ian McCulloch, but he still failed to qualify for the last 16 of the event and was outside the top 32 on the provisional ranking list.
    More Details Hide Details In the UK Championship, he showed a return to some form. He beat Ricky Walden comfortably 9–3 in the last 32, and in the last 16 he faced Mark Allen who led 4–0 and 5–1. However, a cool comeback saw him win the remaining 8 frames to win 9–5. In the quarter-finals, Stephen Maguire was too strong and beat him 9–5. However, reaching the quarter-finals was a sign that Williams may be returning to form, boosted by the news that Terry Griffiths was coaching him again. However, after a 2–6 first round loss to Ken Doherty in the Masters, Williams revealed he was considering retirement from the game, although only 32 years old, if he dropped out of the top 32 and was forced to play in all the qualifying competitions. But he also claimed at the Welsh Open at Newport that this statement had been blown out of proportion, and that he would remain a professional. He began to show more consistency for the remainder of the season, reaching the last 16 of three ranking events and a run to the quarter-finals of the China Open, but he could not reach his first semi-final for 2 years, losing 3–5 against Ryan Day.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As a prolific break-builder, Williams has compiled more than 350 century breaks during his career. Williams was born in Cwm, Ebbw Vale, and started playing snooker at an early age. He scored his first century when he was 13. He won his first junior event when he was 11 and it was then that he realised that he wanted to pursue a career as a snooker player. He was encouraged to play by his father Dilwyn, who was a miner. When he was 15 he did a 12-hour shift down the mines. Williams was also a promising Amateur boxer, being undefeated in 12 fights as a schoolboy, but he decided to pursue his snooker career instead.
  • 2006
    Age 30
    However, Williams had perhaps the worst season of his career in 2006/2007, losing his first match in a string of tournaments (including the World Championship, for the first time ever), but he retained his top 16 place, mainly through the ranking points he had earned the previous season.
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    On 2 September 2006, Williams won the Pot Black trophy, after compiling a century break (119) in the final against John Higgins.
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    He also showed good form in the 2006 World Championship, beating Anthony Hamilton 10–1 and Mark Selby 13–8 to set up a quarter-final clash with Ronnie O'Sullivan, the first time the two had met at the Crucible.
    More Details Hide Details The match was given extra tension considering they had been rivals, (although O'Sullivan has since said that the former feud has been replaced by friendship and respect). In a close fought match, O'Sullivan eventually won 13–11. It was revealed during that tournament that Williams had split with coach Terry Griffiths. The two remained very close friends, but Terry would no longer be coaching him. In late 2007, Williams returned to having Griffiths as his coach.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This helped him return to the top 8 in the world rankings, after a dramatic fall in the provisional rankings which saw him facing a possible drop out of the top 16.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This came in the final frame of a 10–1 first round victory over Robert Milkins, but he lost in the second round to Ian McCulloch 12–13, in a high quality match.
  • 2004
    Age 28
    The following season, he lost in the first round of the UK Championship to Fergal O'Brien, a match which ended his record run of 48 tournaments in which he had won his first match, His defence at the 2004 World Championship started with a 10–7 win over Dominic Dale, but he lost 11–13 in the second round to Joe Perry, and saw him endure a run of poor form over the 2004/2005 season where he slid to 9th in the world rankings for 2005/2006.
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  • 2003
    Age 27
    On his way to winning the 2003 World title, he had a relatively untroubled route to the final with wins over Stuart Pettman 10–2, Quinten Hann 13–2, Hendry 13–7 and Stephen Lee 17–8 before facing Doherty in the final.
    More Details Hide Details He led 10–2, and looked to be heading for an easy victory, before Doherty fought back to 16–16. Williams regained his composure under intense pressure to win the last two frames and lift the trophy for the second time.
    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 26
    Another strong performance came in 2002/2003 season when he won the UK Championship, Masters and World Championship titles.
    More Details Hide Details This made him only the fourth player after Hendry, Davis and John Higgins to hold these titles simultaneously, and only the third player after Davis and Hendry to have won them all in one season. These results enabled him to reclaim the number 1 spot at the end of the season.
  • 2001
    Age 25
    In the 2001/2002 season Williams also only won one ranking tournament, as he struggled to find the form from the previous season, winning the China Open, where he defeated Anthony Hamilton 9–8 from 5–8 down in the final.
    More Details Hide Details However, he lost to the same player 9–13 in the second round of the World Championship and the number 1 ranking to Ronnie O'Sullivan.
  • 2000
    Age 24
    In a rematch of the 2000 final, Williams played Matthew Stevens in the first round of the World Championship and was thrashed 10–2.
    More Details Hide Details Williams lost 5–1 to Judd Trump in the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters. He reached the final of the non-ranking General Cup, where he was defeated 7–3 by Marco Fu. He drew Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round of the Masters and was 4–2 ahead. However, the match went to a deciding frame in which Williams missed a risky plant and lost 6–5. He lost in the fourth round of the Welsh Open 4–2 to Mark Selby and in the first round of three other ranking events and in qualifying for the China Open. Williams saw off Graeme Dott 10–4 and Michael Holt 13–8 to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship for the first time in five years. However, he was then thrashed 13–3 by Ding Junhui with a session to spare. Williams is believed by some snooker pundits to be one of the greatest long potters in the game. He has compiled over 300 competitive centuries during his career, 14th on the all-time list of century makers, despite a tendency to play exhibition shots when a frame is won. He is also well known for his ability to win scrappy frames with his tactical play and picking out.
  • 1999
    Age 23
    The 1999/2000 season was a very successful one for Williams, winning both the UK Championship and the World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details These results, along with another ranking title and three runner-up positions, allowed him to capture the world number 1 position for the first time. In the World Championship final he came from 7–13 behind his fellow countryman, Matthew Stevens to eventually win 18–16. He also produced a notable comeback in his semi-final match against John Higgins, coming from 10–14 down to win 17–15. Williams won only one ranking event in the following season, the Grand Prix, with a 9–5 victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final, but he was a runner-up in two other ranking events, the UK Championship and the China Open. This was enough to retain his number 1 ranking, although his title defence at the World Championship fell in the second round with a 12–13 defeat to Joe Swail.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He has also won the Masters on two occasions, in 1998 and 2003. Williams' most successful season in his career to date was the 2002/2003 season, when he won the acclaimed treble of tournaments (known as the Triple Crown): the UK Championship, the Masters and the World Championship. He is the third player after Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry to win all three Triple Crown events in one season.
  • 1998
    Age 22
    In the 1998 World Championship, he reached the semi-finals, losing 14–17 to Ken Doherty.
    More Details Hide Details He was runner-up next year to Hendry.
  • 1997
    Age 21
    At the 1997 World Championship, he was drawn against Terry Griffiths, the latter's last appearance at the Crucible as a player; he eventually beat his coach 10–9 on the black, but lost 8–13 to Hendry in the last 16.
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    In April 1997, he also won the British Open, beating Stephen Hendry 9–2 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details He also beat Hendry in the final to win his first Masters title in February 1998, winning on the final black 10–9 after recovering from 6–9 down, in a thrilling final.
  • 1996
    Age 20
    After failing to qualify for the 1996 World Championship, he won the first ranking event of the new season – the Grand Prix – in October 1996, beating surprise finalist Euan Henderson 9–5 in the final.
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    Williams` first ranking tournament win came in January 1996, when he claimed the Welsh Open title, beating John Parrott 9–3 in the final.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1992
    Age 16
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born
    Born on March 21, 1975.
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