World Championship to go to Mark Williams, Stephen Maguire recons

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World Championship to go to Mark Williams, Stephen Maguire recons

The Cwm star from Ebbw Vale Wales, Mark James Williams is highly anticipated by the man who beat him in the quarter-final stage, five frames to three, Stephen Maguire from Scotland.

Even when Williams had to face defeat at the hands of the Scott and out from the Welsh Open, Maguire still believes that his English foe has all the potential to take the third world championship of his career.

But with all the speculations, the 35-year-old Briton wouldn’t be looking that far ahead into the future as his next target would be defending the China Open followed by the Players Tour Championship. Both these ranking tournaments are due before the World Championship starting in April.

Still, to the former UK Champion, Stephen Maguire, the English-man stands firm in the top three contenders for the 2011 world title. “Mark is right up there,” said the Welsh Open finals runner-up, who eventually lost to the compatriot, John Higgins.

“On form, it is between him and John Higgins, but Ronnie O’Sullivan is always there. It is probably out of those three,” added Maguire.

The Wales star, Mark James Williams’ clawed up the world rankings in brilliant fashion and as an example for others. Not too long ago, it was the world number 47 for Williams and unconsidered to make any remarkable performance in the ranking tournaments, but the astounding triumph in the German Masters final added to a great season for the 35-year-old and took him back one step at a time to the world number two just behind Scott John Higgins. The world number one was also in near approach but Higgins extended his lead with his success in Newport to reduce Williams to the second in command.

But the quarter-final exit from the Welsh Open did not demoralize Williams, who stood optimistic about his current world ranking. “To be number two and get to a quarter-final is good,” said Williams. “If you had told me this a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have believed you.”

Still for the critics, it was quite vigilant that Williams could have surpassed the Scottish ace after brilliant wins in the first two rounds at Newport, where he didn’t lose even a single frame against Marco Fu of Chine and the compatriot Jamie Cope.

The quarter-final clash against the Scottish Stephen Maguire was also going up-stream for Williams into the mid-session interval when he led by two frames, but soon the break of 62 turned the table around and Williams had to exit from the tournament erasing his chances for the world number one spot along ways.

 


 

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