Betfred.com World Snooker Championship 2012 - Williams halts Chuang fightback to progress
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Liu Chuang already recorded two strong wins against Jimmy White and Jamie Cope to qualify for the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship final stages at the Crucible but unfortunately for him he was drawn against two-times winner Mark Williams who ended the young Chinese player's hopes with a 10-6 victory.
Williams came under controversy again recently saying that he 'hates' the Crucible and he was greated with a chorus of boos from the crowd when he entered the arena for his first session yesterday but he fought off a bad start to come from 2-1 down to finish 6-3 overnight.
When they resumed tonight he entered to more boos but of the pantomine variety and he seemed in good spirits as he won three frames in quick succession to go 9-3 up. Chuang who has appeared here before at the age of 17 in 2008 showed strong reserve to fight back to 9-6, winning two of them on the colours.
It was too late for Chuang though as Williams made two contributions in the 15th to win the match a comfortable 10-6 winner. He is rewarded with an exciting second round clash against fellow Crucible champion Ronnie O'Sullivan which starts on Saturday afternoon.
Chuang said after the match 'I knew it was always going to be tough against Mark due to him being a former champion here. I felt much more comfortable playing here than when I did in 2008 and I am looking forward to the next time.'
'I probably should of won the match much earlier.' said Williams. 'I was sitting in my chair when he was coming back dreading he could make it but I am just relieved to have gotten through.'
Regarding his comments on Twitter 'I have apologised to World Snooker and the staff at the Crucible several times for my comments, theres not much else I can do about it. I just don't enjoy playing in the two table set up, there really isn't much room.'
Looking ahead to his match with O'Sullivan who he hasn't beaten in a full ranking event for 10 years 'Ive owed Ronnie one for a while now. Obviously I would of prefered to avoid him if I could but I will enjoy the match it is always a great occasion to play him.'
Joe Perry, Stephen Maguire & referee Ivu Zhu
On the other side of the Crucible wall there was also a fantastic second round match underway between former Crucible semi-finalists Stephen Maguire and Joe Perry. They were both obviously enjoying the benefits of the re-clothed tables and were scoring heavily.
The match started off with a bang with Perry making a 115 followed by Maguire making two breaks of 101 to go 2-1 up. Even though there were no further centuries in the first session they were both still scoring heavily as Maguire made top runs of 65 and 88 and Perry made a 68 and finally a 82 to finish the session only trailing the Scot 5-3. They resume their second session tomorrow afternoon.
Click here for the updated Crucible draw & here for photos from Day 6.