Double World Champion from South Wales.

 

D.O.B. 21 Mar 1975

 

Lives Ebbw Vale


Turned Pro 1992

 

Ranking Tournament Victories 18 - Welsh Open 1996, 1999; Grand Prix 1996, 2000; British Open 1997; Irish Open 1998; Thailand Masters 1999, 2000, 2002; UK Championship 1999, 2002; World Championship 2000, 2003; China Open 2002, 2006, 2010; LG Cup 2003; German Masters 2011

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14:  £163,388

 

Highest Tournament Break 147 - World Championship 2005, PTC series 2010

 

Williams showed promising signs of a return to form early in the 2013/14 season as he won the Rotterdam Open European Tour event in the Netherlands. He beat Mark Selby 4-3 in the final to win his first title in over two years.

 

"When I arrived at this event I decided to go for everything and play as fast as I can. I was almost rushing at times but I wasn't going to stop, especially not in the final. I've won the tournament so it must have worked," said the Welshman.

 

However the two-time World Champion was unable to reproduce that form in the main ranking events and failed to progress beyond the last 16 of any of them. As he was outside the top 16 he was forced to try to qualify for the Crucible, but lost 10-8 to Alan McManus.

 

In 2011 he reached the final of the Australian Goldfields Open and Shanghai Masters but lost two close matches against Stuart Bingham and Mark Selby.

 

His 2010/11 season was highlighted by victory in the new German Masters, achieved with a 9-7 defeat of Mark Selby in the final in Berlin watched by a packed house of nearly 2,500 fans.

 

"I'm really happy with that win, it was a nerve-wracking experience, in front of that unbelievable crowd," he said after winning his 18th ranking event in all and eighth overseas. The previous season had seen Williams win his first ranking title in four years, beating Ding Junhui 10-6 in the final of the China Open.

 

Known for his awesome single-ball potting and exceptional touch, Williams first ruled the Crucible in 2000 when he became the only left-hander to win the world title.

 

He came from 13-7 down to beat fellow Welshman Matthew Stevens 18-16. His second world title followed three years later when he beat Ken Doherty by the same scoreline in another close final. That completed an incredible hat-trick of snooker's biggest titles as earlier that season he had won the UK Championship and the Masters.

 

He has won the Masters twice and his first Wembley crown came in dramatic circumstances in 1999 as the final against Hendry went down to a respotted black, Williams potting it to a baulk corner after Hendry had missed a chance to a centre pocket.

 

Williams made the first competitive 147 of his career in a match against Rob Milkins at Sheffield in 2005 - and that was handy timing as it scooped him a £161,000 bonus. He became the fifth player to make a maximum at the Crucible.

 

In 2004, Williams was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. "It is a tremendous honour for me, for Wales and for the game of snooker," he said.

 

In his teenage years, Williams was a keen boxer and won several fights before being on the wrong end of a thumping from an older, heavier boy which curtailed his brief career in the ring. His hobbies include playing golf and five-a-side football as well as driving exotic sports cars and motorbikes. He and wife Joanne have sons called Connor, born in 2004, and Kian, born in 2007, and their third boy, Joel, was born in 2013 .