Three-time Betfred World Snooker Championship winner Mark Williams believes he has a realistic chance of claiming a fourth title at The Crucible.
The 47-year-old Welsh left-hander (8/1 – tournament outright) was ruthless in despatching compatriot Jackson Page in round two, knocking in six century breaks in an utterly dominant 13-3 victory.
And Williams is clearly feeling good about his game, having won the British Open earlier this season and also reached the final of the Shoot Out in mid-January.
The 2000, 2003 and 2018 champion told World Snooker: “I don’t think I can play any better than that at my age.
“Us older players have got to adapt our games in order to keep up with the younger ones. I know I’m going to fall down the rankings eventually, so I’m doing all I can to ensure I can stay up the top for as long as possible.
“I knew coming here that I got a chance at the title, because I’ve played well for most of the season.”
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Awaiting Williams in the last eight will be the winner of the clash between reigning champion Mark Selby (9/1 – tournament outright) and Yan Bingtao.
The pair could not be separated in the first session of their second-round match and they will resume at 10am on Saturday locked at 4-4.
The second match to resume on Saturday morning is a lot less even, with Stephen Maguire two frames away from victory as he holds an 11-5 lead over Chinese rising star Zhao Xintong.
Ronnie O’Sullivan (5/2 – tournament outright) needs to win only one more frame when he resumes against Mark Allen in the afternoon, with the Rocket 12-4 up and on the verge of securing a place in the quarter-finals, where he will face either Maguire or Zhao.
Also in the afternoon, Judd Trump gets under way against Anthony McGill (Match betting – Trump 1/4, McGill 3/1), while in the evening Selby and Yan play to a finish and the much-fancied Neil Robertson (7/2 – tournament outright) starts up against fellow left-hander Jack Lisowski.
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