Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

John Higgins puts on the style to reach World Championship final

John Higgins puts on the style to reach World Championship final

"I'm sure me vs John was a final a lot of people wanted - it would have been nice for Kyren or Barry to have a new victor but I think the majority would want to see me and John battling it out over two days and see who comes out on top".

"I needed to find something on Friday afternoon and it was a bit of luck in the end that I did", said Higgins.

After his moment of inspiration, Higgins maintained his four-frame advantage over Wilson in the evening before hitting his stride yesterday.

Higgins misses a series of chances whilst Williams was able to keep notching tallies against his name, energised by a snack of chocolate and candies after frame two, a treat for an impressive triple plant in the second and potting a pink with his eyes closed in the third.

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It would be extra special to play Mark Williams, he's won it twice before and would be going after a third one.

Kyren Wilson compared his futile attempts to chase down John Higgins to a Tom and Jerry cartoon, but if he continues his current trajectory he'll undoubtedly capture the Betfred World Snooker Championship before too long.

"I was just tagging along with the two of them [Higgins and O'Sullivan] nicking tournaments here and there". He put me under real pressure but he just couldn't get level with me.

Higgins said: "I'm so proud that 20 years after I won my first world title, I'm sitting here ready to compete in another final". When he comes to the table you think he's going to pot everything and he very almost does. I forgot how good that arena is with one table, it's been so long. He's a great ambassador and a great young man and he'll be back here. It really does genuinely look as though Williams has got to the stage of his career where he is just enjoying himself out there. "I'm sure he'll do big, big things here in the future".

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The Scot overturned a 10-7 deficit against Judd Trump to win his last title in 2011 but required even greater powers of recovery seven years on as Williams won the first four frames on Monday to stretch his lead to seven.

Before that year, Ebdon had already shown plenty of pedigree - and emotion - in the sport's blue riband event, particularly in 1996 when he reached the final only to be defeated by the then unstoppable force that was Stephen Hendry. "I'm just proud", said Higgins. I got there in the end, I don't know how. "I'm only 26 and it's the first time I've been on the one-table set-up, so in years to come, I know I can play out there now".

Watch the snooker World Championship live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player with Colin Murray and analysis from Ronnie O'Sullivan, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

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