World Snooker Championship final: Mark Williams leads John Higgins
|2018 World Championship final|
|Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 6-7 May|
|Coverage: Watch live on BBC Two, Connected TV, BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and mobile app.|
Two-time champion Mark Williams opened up a surprise 5-3 lead over four-time winner John Higgins in the final of the World Championship in Sheffield.
Despite a late-night semi-final finish on Saturday, 43-year-old Williams made a strong start to lead 4-0.
Higgins, 42, hit back by taking three of the next four, including the only century break of the first session, to trail by two.
The best-of-35 final resumes at 19:00 BST with nine more frames to be played.
Welshman Williams, who last reached the final in 2003 when he beat Ken Doherty, completed his dramatic last-four tie against Barry Hawkins at 23:50 BST the previous night.
Two hours later he was having a kebab and chips at a takeaway in Sheffield and he was still feeling hungry during the final when he asked to share some crisps, chocolate snacks and sweets with a fan sitting in the arena beside him.
It seemed to help as Williams punished Higgins for uncharacteristic errors, especially in the fourth frame when the Scot missed a fine cut on the green.
But last year’s runner-up Higgins recovered and finally got on the scoreboard with a well-taken 119 clearance, as well as making breaks of 52 and 59 to keep in touch.
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