Mark Williams is into the second round of the Betfred World Snooker Championship.
Mark Williams says he is happy to stick with a more positive mindset after booking his place in the second round of the Betfred World Championship.
The Welshman battled back from 2-0 down to claim a 10-4 opening win over debutant Sam Craigie and will now take on John Higgins in a repeat of the 2018 Crucible final (Higgins 8/15, Williams 6/4 – Match Betting).
Higgins questioned his own attitude after coming through his first round contest against Tian Pengfei 10-7 but Williams seems to be in a whole better place ahead of the start of their contest on Friday.
“I made my mind up to go for everything. I would rather go for it and enjoy myself,” he told BBC Sport.
“I put him under pressure and I am very pleased with how I played. I have played well for quite a while now.”
“I’m just going to go for everything and love every minute of it” @markwil147
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In the evening’s other match, Barry Hawkins impressed as he cruised past qualifier Matthew Selt, making breaks of 76, 126 and 82, on his way to a 10-3 win and a second round clash with Kyren Wilson
Elsewhere on Wednesday, world number one Judd Trump explained that “everyone knows I have been the best player over the past two or three seasons” despite defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan being the top seed in Sheffield (Trump 5/2 Fav, O’Sullivan 9/2 – 2021 Betfred World Championship Outright).
The 2019 champion produced a solid showing in his 10-4 win over Liam Highfield and will now take on David Gilbert, who beat Chris Wakelin by the same scoreline, starting on Sunday.
Play on Thursday resumes at 13:00 and sees O’Sullivan in action as he takes on one of last year’s beaten semi-finalists, Anthony McGill (O’Sullivan 2/9. McGill 10/3 – Match Betting).
The other second round tie comes in the evening session as 2010 hero Neil Robertson meets Jack Lisowski (Robertson 1/5, Lisowski 7/2 – Match Betting).
Two matches from the opening stage are also set to be completed, with Shaun Murphy and Mark Davis returning in the afternoon, the latter holding a 5-4 lead.
Meanwhile, Mark Selby takes an 8-1 advantage into the evening against Kurt Maflin.