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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 May, 2003, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
Williams a worthy winner
BBC snooker summariser Steve Davis
By Steve Davis
BBC Sport summariser and former world champion

World number one Mark Williams
Williams was a worthy winner

Mark Williams was a deserved winner - he was under severe pressure and played the last two frames of the final as if he was playing two practice frames.

Obviously he wasn't feeling that way, but that's how it looked.

Mark's aggressive style is what won it for him in the end.

When it gets close to the finishing line, he's not going to lose by playing negatively. He really goes for his shots and gives himself as many opportunities as possible to win a frame.

You can't ask for more than he has this season. He's won the three big tournaments - the UK Championships, the Masters and the World Championships. Effectively he's done the grand slam!

He's a better player now than he was last time he won the Embassy in 2000 and he's probably stronger mentally - he's not the type to get complacent so he could go on to bigger things.

He's a competitive animal on the table, but off it he's so relaxed that he can obviously switch on the competitive side at will. He won't be any less hungry next year.


Ken's tournament

Ken was the real surprise package of the tournament.

We knew he was a former world champion, we knew how good he was but I don't think anyone really believed he would be able to make some of the comebacks he did.

The turnaround against Paul Hunter was one of the most amazing ones you'll ever see.

Although Mark Williams won the title, I think it was Ken's tournament.

The old saying that no-one ever remembers the runner-up is still true - but if a guy that came second will ever be remembered for a tournament, it will be Ken this year.


More shocks to the system

Ronnie O'Sullivan's 147 maximum break was quite astonishing.

Almost as astonishing as him going out in the first round. I don't think anyone could have predicted that, with him in that vein of form.

It led to concern that it would be the end of the tournament, in terms of the public and media interest in it.

But nothing could have been further from the truth - it's nice that there's not just one player who makes snooker.

The number of exciting games that Hunter and Doherty were involved in was another highlight. It made that top half of the draw so exciting and unpredictable.


Table troubles

If that's the only controversy in the whole tournament then that's great.

It was a shame that the table played a part at all, but players will always complain about tables.

The incident where Ken Doherty's cue ball rolled off course magnified the issue, but it didn't cost Ken the match and we didn't see any more problems after that.


Overall impressions

The sportsmanship amongst the players was absolutely marvellous and the whole event was a testament to how popular snooker remains.

It was also great to have a tournament that wasn't overshadowed by the politics of the game.

Snooker can quite rightly feel very proud of itself and of the players that represent it.




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