Williams eyes third world crown

05 February 2018 10:43:09 EST

Mark Williams has admitted that he almost quit professional snooker last summer after growing disillusioned with his poor form.

At the time he had not won a ranking title since 2011 but Sunday's German Masters triumph - the Welshman thrashed Graeme Dott 9-1 in the Berlin final - came on the back of his victory in the Northern Ireland Open in November and his success at the Six Red World Championship two months earlier.

The German Masters victory was the 42-year-old's 20th ranking title of his career and he has moved up to seventh in the world rankings.

"I'm over the moon," said Williams. "I hadn't won a tournament for donkeys' years and now I've won three this season.

"I was genuinely thinking about giving it up after last season. I told my wife that I'd had enough and I couldn't keep playing the same way. She was the one who talked me out of it, and what a turnaround it has been."

Williams, who won the World Championship in 2000 and 2003, said of his chances at Sheffield this year: "It will be the best I have felt going into the World Championship for many years, I will have loads of confidence.

"Whether I can win it again remains to be seen - it is so long and so hard to win. But I'm really looking forward to it now."

Williams is 5/2 to win the World Championship in Sheffield, while Ronnie O'Sullivan can be backed at 1212/1, Judd Trump at 1212/1 and Shaun Murphy at 1212/1.

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