Dutch glory for Williams

Mark Williams. Picture by Monique Limbos

Mark Williams. Picture by Monique Limbos

FORMER world champion Mark Williams clinched his first trophy in more than two years after victory over Mark Selby gave him the first ever Rotterdam Open.

The Welshman, who won snooker’s biggest prize in 1998 and 2003, came back from 2-1 down against the world number to lift the latest European PTC event.

The last time Williams lifted silverware was back in February, 2011 when he was crowned the winner of the German Masters.

Breaks of 61 and 67 put Williams 3-2 up before Selby forced the final into a deciding frame with a clearance of 77.

But it was to be the Welshman’s night as a break of 65 clinched him the title. Williams joins John Higgins and Joe Perry to have won PTC titles during the new season.

After clinching the title, Williams said playing at a quicker temp worked in his favour.

“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,” he told World Snooker.

“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.”

The tournament, which was the first professional tournament to be played in Holland for more than 20 years, saw two surprise semi-finalists as Gary Wilson and David Gilbert enjoyed success making the last four from dozens of players.

The next European PTC comes to the shores much closer to home in Doncaster which takes place next month.

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