Byline: Clive Everton
Mark Williams acknowledged that "one of my strengths is winning when I'm not at my best" after defeating John Higgins, the world No2, 5-4 to reach tomorrow's final of the Champions Cup at Brighton. He will be up against the survivor of today's semi-final between Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Although Higgins still leads their personal head-to-head 10-6, it was his third consecutive defeat by Williams, who demonstrated in the decider that he is not one to dwell on missed opportunities, even though he was effectively within a ball of winning 5-2.After two easy pots had just eluded him, the Welsh lefthander nevertheless took on a dicey red to a middle pocket in his usual insouciant fashion and made 31 from it to force Higgins to concede.
"That's how Mark's feeling at the moment. He's world champion and world No1 and he knows he's not going to miss," was Higgins's verdict.
Due to marry his long term fiancee in December, Higgins confessed that he did not currently feel fully focused and has been "thinking of different things away from the table. I'm sure my focus will be back. I've never done all that well right at the start of the season."