|Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 15 April-1 May|
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Three-time champion Mark Williams produced a classy display to beat Jimmy Robertson 10-5 in the first round of the World Championship.
Trailing 5-4 overnight, the 48-year-old Welshman compiled four half centuries as he reeled off six frames in a row to seal his victory.
It was a tough afternoon for England’s Robertson, 36, who is yet to win a match at the Crucible in five attempts.
Williams will face Belgium’s Luca Brecel in the second round.
“I was a bit unfortunate to be 5-4 down but I have been here many times to know it was still anyone’s game. I came out today and played well and made some good breaks,” Williams told BBC Sport.
“I’m a danger to anyone and I can be a thorn in anyone’s side. If you’d have said that after 30 years as a pro I’d still be in the top 10, I’d have said, ‘no chance’ but I am still here fighting and I can still give anyone a good game on my day.
“I am tough to beat and have moulded into a more rounded player than I used to be.”
He will begin his best-of-25 contest against Brecel at 10:00 BST on Friday with a good omen on his side, having also beaten Robertson 10-5 in their previous meeting at the Crucible in the opening round in 2018.
Williams went on to win the last of his three titles that year and there have been few signs in the intervening years that his performance levels have dipped – underlined by his narrow 10-8 loss to Judd Trump in the final of the Masters in January.
His experience and mentality told against the Englishman.
Breaks of 51, 69 and 64 alongside some excellent match-play to starve his opponent of good opportunities saw him go 7-5 ahead, and as the pressure increased on Robertson, Williams made an 84 on the way to securing his win.
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