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World of Sport

07th May 2018

John Higgins makes unbelievable comeback to stage late charge in world championship final

Jack O'Toole

John Higgins has cut a seven frame deficit to draw level with Mark Williams at the World Snooker Championship final at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

Williams shot out to a 14-7 lead to start the final session before Higgins took seven of the next eight frames to cut Williams lead to just the single frame before taking frame 30 to draw level.

Higgins was defeated in last year’s final 18-15 by Mark Selby but has shown tremendous bottle to stay in the final when it looked at one point that Williams was going to cruise to victory.

Typically, given the nature of his comeback, there has been an overwhelming amount of support for the Scotsman heading into the final few frames.

Higgins won his first Crucible title in 1998 and is just one win behind matching longtime rival Ronnie O’Sullivan’s haul of five Crucible titles.

The Scot said that he was proud to get back to the final two decades after winning his first title against Ireland’s Ken Doherty.

“I keep using the word ‘proud’. I’m proud 20 years later, after I won my first one, that I’m sitting here ready to compete in another one. It’s a fantastic feeling.”