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Williams contemplates retirement

By Saj Chowdhury
BBC Sport at Wembley

Mark Williams
I'll mull over my situation in the summer... there are plenty of things to do outside snooker

Mark Williams

Two-time world champion Mark Williams is considering quitting snooker.

Williams, 32, revealed he was contemplating retirement after crashing out of The Masters at Wembley with a 6-2 first-round loss to Ken Doherty.

"I have to have a good end to the season to stand any chance of making the top 32," said Williams, who is provisionally world number 33.

"I don't want to play in the qualifiers at Prestatyn. If I'm out of the 32 I probably won't stay around."

The Welshman won just two knockout matches in eight major events last season.

"I'll mull over my situation in the summer," said Williams. "There are plenty of things to do outside snooker, but hopefully I won't have to think about that."

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And Williams admitted he might have played his last match at the Masters.

"I felt alright out there. I would have liked to have won, so I'm naturally disappointed."

Doherty offered words of support to his snooker rival, encouraging him not to retire.

"It would be crazy if Mark retires," said Doherty. "I can't see him leaving the game. We all have lows, but it's important to come through them and believe in yourself," said the Irishman.

see also
Live - The Masters
15 Jan 08 |  Snooker
Dad Doherty targets Wembley win
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Selby ousts Hendry from Masters
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Masters day two as it happened
14 Jan 08 |  Snooker
O'Sullivan exits in Masters epic
13 Jan 08 |  Snooker
Masters day one as it happened
13 Jan 08 |  Snooker
Masters draw
04 Jan 08 |  Snooker
Masters order of play
04 Jan 08 |  Snooker
Masters roll of honour
07 Jan 08 |  Snooker
Snooker on the BBC
07 Jan 08 |  Snooker
Murphy steeled for Masters tilt
08 Jan 08 |  Snooker


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