Mark Williams speaks out after falling asleep in chair at UK Championship – ‘Embarrassing’

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Snooker star Mark Williams fell asleep in his chair during his shock defeat at the UK Championship. The three-time world champion lost 6-5 to Englishman Anthony Hamilton in the second round at the York Barbican. 

Williams missed two tournaments after testing positive for Covid in October, but the two-time UK champion returned for the domestic tournament. 

The Welshman admitted to feeling embarrassed after feeling drowsy during his clash with Hamilton. 

“Thirty years as a professional, that’s the first time I’ve ever fell asleep in the chair,” said world number nine Williams.

“It was 3-2 and I was out. My head went down and I woke up and I didn’t have a clue where I was for about five seconds.

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“It was a bit embarrassing but I was just shattered.

“I need to be playing in the mornings really, or afternoons. The more the day goes on the more tired I get.

“It’s disappointing but there’s a lot worse people that have had Covid than I’ve had it, so I’m one of the lucky ones really.

“It’s definitely better than what it was a couple of weeks ago so I’ve just got to keep going, but if I play night matches I’m going to really struggle.”

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The 46-year-old suffered defeat to Hamilton, who is ranked 56th, despite getting some rest during the match.

Williams led 4-2 against his opponent, who achieved his highest ranking in 1999/2000.

Hamilton won three frames in a row before Williams levelled at 5-5 – and then the 50-year-old experienced some tremendous good fortune.

The three-time world champion was undone when Hamilton benefitted from an enormous fluke on a red during a match-winning break of 70 in the crucial frame. 

Williams was in good spirits despite the loss, and said: “I’ve had enough flukes in my time, so you’ve got to take one the other way now and again.”

The Welshman will take part in the Scottish Open, which starts in Llandudno on December 6.

“It’s only best of seven, so I should be able to stay awake for that one,” joked Williams.

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