Has Mark Williams underachieved?
Is he really 8/14 ranking titles worse than Higgins/Ronnie respectively?
His third world title has increased his standing to somewhere close to where it should be and that’s partly why it’s my favourite thing that’s happened in snooker.
I think MJW is one of the most talented players there’s ever been. His potting, creativity and temperament are all in the very top tier of snooker history. He’s one of the best players ever to cope with the different types of game: open and attacking or tight and defensive with balls not compatible to breakbuilding. Neither fazes him. If he’d cared about centuries in his prime, and was more capable of splitting the pack, I think he’d be in the top echelons of century makers.
He’s one of the most fluid breakbuilders ever. His languid style around the table means that it goes under the radar but when on form his AST is extremely low. Even this season he’s 5th on the AST list despite being in poor form and therefore embroiled in more safety battles than at his best.
He’s also had at least two sustained periods of being in inexplicably poor form, and thrown away several matches from ahead in the last ~10 years that he should have won. If this hadn’t happened he’d probably be at Higgins/Davis level in terms of general rankers.
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