2024 World Snooker Championship: Former Semi-Finalist Si Jiahui Shines Again Ousting Welsh Legend Mark Williams

Si Jiahui stuns Mark Williams in tense clash, securing victory with nerve-wracking final-frame break.

Louis Hobbs
Louis Hobbs

Last Updated: 2024-04-23

Naim Rosinski

4 minutes read

Cagey Start Sets the Stage

The reigning Tour Championship winner, Mark Williams, entered the arena with a narrow 5-4 lead after a tense opening session against last year’s World Snooker Championship semi-finalist, Si Jiahui. 

Despite Jiahui's stellar performance, it was Williams who initially seized the momentum with a commanding presence at the table, highlighted by a tournament-high break of 142 in the opening frame.

Jiahui's Resurgence and Dominance

As the match resumed on Tuesday afternoon, Jiahui wasted no time asserting his dominance. The young Chinese player capitalised on Williams' errors, showcasing remarkable form by clinching the first four frames of the session with breaks of 63, 61, and 67, establishing a formidable 8-5 lead heading into the mid-session break.

Williams' Tenacity and Comeback

However, Williams refused to succumb to defeat easily. Displaying his renowned resilience and skill, the Welsh number one fought back in the 14th and 15th frames, narrowing the gap to a tense one-frame difference at 8-7. 

Despite missed opportunities on both sides, Williams took advantage of Jiahui's more critical errors, making it a nail-biting 9-9 tie with just over an hour of play remaining in the session.

Jiahui's Nerve of Steel Secures Victory

In the decisive moments of the match, it was Chinese youngster who demonstrated nerves of steel. With the pressure mounting, he executed a flawless break of 77 in the final frame, sealing a hard-fought victory and booking his spot in the competition's last 16.


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Upsets Galore in the Championship

Williams' exit marks the sixth top-16 seed to fall in the competition's first round, adding to the tournament's already abundant drama. Joining the likes of reigning champion Luca Brecel and four-time champion Mark Selby, Williams found himself on the wrong side of a thrilling encounter.

Looking ahead, Jiahui will face Welsh qualifier Jak Jones in the next round, eliminating the possibility of an all-Welsh clash in the last 16 and setting the stage for another intriguing matchup in the ongoing World Snooker Championship.

In a tournament filled with surprises and suspense, the battle between Williams and Jiahui undoubtedly stands out as a highlight, showcasing the unpredictable nature and fierce competition that defines snooker at its highest level.

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