Mark Williams hit back at O’Sullivan over his unfair comments regarding the new snooker generation. His comment came after he lost the quarter final of the World Championship by 13-10 on Tuesday.
Mark Williams said, “I understand what he was saying that the standard’s no good, but that’s compared to him. He’s including me in that. There’s no one on the tour that’s as good as him, but it’s unfair to class everyone else in his standards … for him to have a go at the lower-ranked players I think is a bit naughty.”
“He is the pioneer for our sport. He is the main man without doubt and the best player in the world. You’d never have another top sportsman in their field sort of disrespecting or slagging off the rest of the tour,” he added.
“I’m not hard on myself, I’m a realist. I’m not doubting that I’ve got ability. What I’m good at I’m unbelievably good at: my scoring, my break-building, my positional play. There will always be a little bit like … Maradona. You look at him now, he’s big and fat but you put a ball at his feet and the geezer’s unbelievable,” he added.
“It’s a little bit like snooker. You’ve got to have the long game and the safety and the cue action, you’ve got to have the reliability. I don’t believe you can win it being good or rubbish, and I’ve been good or rubbish. I just need to be steady. Otherwise it’s like trying to win the US Open with a five iron in my bag,” he said.
“I love Mark, he’s my favourite guy on the circuit. He’s a proper lovely guy, funny as hell, but as a snooker player he’s a beast and the ultimate test, and I’m going to have to draw on every bit of skill and experience that I’ve got,” he continued.