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Jones stuns misfiring Williams

Jak Jones hopes he can be as successful as fellow Welshman Mark Williams after recording a shock 6-2 victory against the three-time world champion at the International Championship in Daqing.

The world number 75 had lost all three of his previous meetings with the 44-year-old Williams but produced an outstanding performance to set up a clash with Robert Milkins in the last 32.

Williams, who has won 22 ranking events during his career, took the opening frame against Jones who responded with breaks of 95 and 118 on his way to claiming six of the next seven and recording a famous triumph.

“Mark is probably the most successful Welsh player ever so to beat him is a really good win,” said Jones. “Hopefully I can be the same as players like Mark and Matthew Stevens in the future and be as successful as them.

“Obviously Matthew has started playing well again now and it is good for the game that the Welsh players have started playing better.”

Williams was world champion in 2000, 2003 and 2018 – when he defeated John Higgins 18-16 in the final – having failed to win a tournament anywhere between 2011 and 2017.

Since his latest Crucible triumph 15 months ago, Williams has only won one title, last year’s World Open, and he suffered an early exit at the World Championship earlier this year.

Williams is 19.00 to win a fourth world title in Sheffield in 2020, while defending champion Judd Trump can be backed at 4.20 and Ronnie O’Sullivan at 5.00.

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