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Friday, 7 February, 2003, 16:39 GMT
Williams strides into semis
John Higgins 3-6 Mark Williams
Mark Williams eased to a 6-3 win over John Higgins to reach the semi-finals of the B&H Masters at Wembley Conference Centre on Friday.
The Welshman raced to a 5-1 lead, taking advantage of Higgins' nervy and inconsistent play.
But the Scot refused to buckle and replied with back-to-back centuries to claw his way back into the game at 5-3.
Williams responded by downing a rare second century himself and killed off the match in style in the ninth frame.
The Welsh Open runner-up said he was not fazed by Higgins' late challenge.
"I knew he would come back at me when I reached 5-1," he said.
"I didn't get nervous, I felt comfortable and waited for my chance."
Higgins just could not cope with the fast pace of the table and missed several chances to steal the match.
The Scot blamed a poor start against Williams for his slump in form.
"I missed a chance to go 2-1 up and just couldn't settle," said the 1999 champion.
"My confidence is low at the moment and I just have to keep plugging away."
But there were some quality strokes and the crowd enjoyed centuries from both players.
Williams reached a small landmark with his first in the fifth frame - it was his 150th century in competitive play.
"I don't get many centuries, " he admitted.
"Stephen Hendry has been giving me some stick but I've got five now and he's only got one."
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