Mark Williams came from 10-8 down to beat Yan Bingtao 13-11 in the quarter-finals of the Betfred World Championship, becoming the oldest player to reach the single table situation at the Crucible for 37 years.
At the age of 47, Williams is playing some of the best snooker of his career, having made 12 centuries in his three matches so far in Sheffield. The record of 16 tons in a single Championship, set by Stephen Hendry 20 years ago, is well within his grasp.
The Welshman is into the semi-finals for the seventh time and will now face either Judd Trump or Stuart Bingham. He becomes the oldest player to appear in the last four since Ray Reardon, who lost to Steve Davis in 1985 at the age of 52.
Just like his contemporaries Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins, Williams remains a potent force at snooker’s top level. If Higgins can get the better of Jack Lisowski tonight, it will be the only time other than 1999 that all three have reached the semi-finals.
Williams, who won the British Open earlier this season, is aiming for a fourth world title, having triumphed in 2000, 2003 and 2018. That would bring him level with Higgins and Mark Selby; only Hendry, O’Sullivan and Steve Davis have won more at the Crucible.
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