Williams sweeps aside Allen to ease into semis

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WELSHMAN Mark Williams, twice a Crucible winner, booked his place in the semi-finals after he converted an 11-5 overnight lead to beat Ulsterman Mark Allen 13-5.

Williams claimed the two frames for victory in under half an hour, as breaks of 61 and 58 helped him progress to his first Crucible semi-final since 2003 when he last won the title.

“I’m lucky enough I don’t get butterflies when I go out there [into the arena], I just really float around,” said Williams.

“It’s only a snooker match. I try 100 per cent to win and the worst thing that can happen to you is you lose, which isn’t that bad, is it?

“How I managed to be 5-3 up I’ll never know. Mark was knocking in 50s and 60s for fun really, and I kept clearing up and nicking them.

“It probably hurt him a little bit early on, and I dominated the match from there on.”

Allen, who is suffering from depression, was upbeat despite defeat and will now see a psychiatrist before next season.

“I’ve been playing too much snooker and I’ve found it to be boring, so I need to get that hunger back which I once had,” said Allen.

Todays’s Play

MORNING (10am): No play.

AFTERNOON (2.30pm): Judd Trump (Eng) v Mark Selby (Eng) or Ding Junhui (Chi). Maximum eight frames.

EVENING (7pm): Mark Williams (Wal) v John Higgins (Sco) or Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng). Maximum eight frames.