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Mark Williams ends trophy drought with Rotterdam win

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Williams captures first title in two years (©GettyImages)
Williams captures first title in two years (©GettyImages).

World No.2 Mark Selby fell to defeat at the hands of Mark Williams in the final of the Rotterdam Open last night.

The 38-year-old - a two-time world champion - sealed his first title win in over two years with a hard-fought 4-3 win over Selby.

Selby led 2-1 in an action-packed final with a top break of 136, before Williams came back to take the lead with two breaks of 51 and 67.

Williams could have sealed victory in the sixth frame but missed an easy red to a top corner at a break of 32, with Selby taking full advantage and levelling proceedings after he cleared with 77 - forcing a decider.

The Welshman was not to be denied though as he regrouped to hit a break of 65 in the final frame, winning his first professional tournament in the Netherlands for over 20 years.

Williams expressed his delight after the game on, in what was to many a shock win for the experienced Welshman.

"Mark and Neil Robertson are the best two players in the world at the moment, so to beat one of them in a final is a great win for me," Williams told Sky Sports.

"When I arrived at this event I decided to go for everything and play as fast as I can. I was almost rushing at times but I wasn't going to stop, especially not in the final. I've won the tournament so it must have worked.

"The crowd and the arena in Rotterdam have made it one of the best European Tour events we've had. There were big crowds on both days over the weekend and that makes it easier to play well."

 

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