Robbie williams snooker
He finished the season ranked 8th. Williams opened the season by winning the first event of the Players Tour Championship by defeating Stephen Maguire 4—0 in the final, a new addition to the snooker calendar introduced by Barry Hearn , a series of events that Williams has supported.
In the Shanghai Masters Williams won his first round match against Ricky Walden 5—3, but lost narrowly in the second round against Graeme Dott 4—5.
He was selected to compete in the Premier League , due to his success from the previous season, the first time he has competed in the event for five years,  but failed to reach the semi-finals.
At the World Cup Williams was partnered with Matthew Stevens to represent Wales, and they reached the semi-finals, losing 1—4 against China. His run included a 6—5 win over Neil Robertson in the semi-final, and he led Mark Selby 9—7 in the final, but lost the last three frames to lose 9— The defeat also meant that Selby took the world number one spot from Williams.
Williams played in 11 of the 12 PTC events throughout the season, but could only reach the last 32 two times, in Event 10 and Event He also swore when describing the Grade II listed building.
The match went into a deciding frame, which Williams won to beat the five-time world champion for the first time in 12 years. After knocking out Judd Trump 4—1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open , Williams said that he no was longer expecting to win tournaments and was more concerned with improving his ranking.
Williams lost 1—5 to Judd Trump in the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters. However, the match went to a deciding frame in which Williams missed a risky plant and lost 5—6.
Williams won a trio of frames to force a decider in the semi-finals of the Riga Masters against Michael Holt , but missed the final brown to be defeated.
Williams needed to win to break back into the top 16 and avoid having to qualify for the World Championship.
He was 8—7 up, but lost the last three frames to be beaten 8—10, falling short of winning his first ranking event for six years.
Williams won his first ranking title after a six-year drought, the Northern Ireland Open , defeating Chinese rising star Yan Bingtao 9—8 in the final; the victory was emotional for Williams, as he revealed that his wife had been suffering from ill health, and he had considered withdrawing from several tournaments.
In the Masters , he faced Mark Selby in the first round, recovering from 3—5 behind to defeat the incumbent World Champion 6—5. There, he recorded breaks of , 68 and 51 in defeating Judd Trump 6—1 to reach the final, where he would face Graeme Dott.
In the final, Williams was dominant, making six breaks over 50 and one century, a in the eighth frame. Dott won the third frame to trail 1—2, compiling a break of 64 after an earlier 56 by Williams, but did not win another, as Williams ran out a 9—1 victor.
Williams advanced to the semi-finals of the World Championship fairly comfortably, and before his match with Barry Hawkins in the semi-final said that he would do his press conference naked as the world champion if he won.
Williams levelled the match at 15—15 and secured the lengthy, hard-fought frames needed to win at the eleventh hour. The match was described as one of the best finals in the history of the tournament, Williams winning 18—16 to claim his third World Championship making him aged 43 the oldest winner since Reardon who was 45 in , it also marked 15 years since his last title making it the largest time span between titles.
As promised, Williams appeared naked at his later press conference, much to the amusement of some news copywriters,  but was instructed to wear a towel.
As World Champion, Williams would also win the second event of the season, the World Open , having come from behind in his quarter final against Jack Lisowski from 0—3 down to win 5—3 ,  Noppon Saengkham in the semi-final from 2—5 down to win 6—5 ,  and in the final against Dave Gilbert from 5—9 down to win 10—9.
Williams is believed by some snooker pundits to be one of the greatest long potters in the game. He is also well known for his ability to win "scrappy" frames, using his tactical play and by picking out "shots to nothing".
An unusual aspect of his playing style is a tendency to position his cue directly underneath his body instead of using the rest, a technique that he often brings into play once a frame is secure.
He is partially colour blind and has difficulty distinguishing between the red and brown balls; on one occasion, he potted a brown ball believing it to be red.
Williams is also a keen poker player. Williams is a keen Manchester United supporter. Williams and his wife Joanne have three sons: Connor born April ,  Kian born  and Joel born From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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