Clarity the key for Williams
Mark Williams believes being clear on his future plans is helping him launch a bid for a fourth snooker World Championship crown.
Williams, who tasted Crucible glory in 2000, 2003 and 2018, had been talking of retirement for most of this season but revealed he has now decided to carry on playing snooker at the highest level following a 10-5 success over Alan McManus.
The 45-year-old Welshman has not been at his best for most of the campaign with only one ranking final appearance this season when losing 10-9 in a decider against Shaun Murphy in the China Championship.
Williams had struggled for desire and admitted to not always being the hardest worker on the practice table, but the left-hander has refound his love on the green baize and admitted to being a "big baby" at times over his complaints with life as a snooker player.
"I have made the decision to never retire and that has been a weight off my shoulders," Williams told World Snooker's official website after setting up a second-round date with Stuart Bingham. "If I win another tournament then brilliant, if not I will still enjoy playing."
Ronnie O'Sullivan begins his bid for a sixth world title at 14:30 against talented Thai performer Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, who has won their only previous career meeting.
O'Sullivan is 1.20 against the blink-and-you-miss-him speedster Un-Nooh at 4.50 while at 19:00 David Gilbert must overcome a 5-4 deficit against Kurt Maflin when they play to a finish.
The first session was a high-scoring affair and Gilbert is 2.00 to come back to deny 2.00 Maflin.
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