2017 Masters snooker: Wales' Mark Williams 'sick' after Mark Selby loss

Mark Williams
Mark Williams won the World Championship in 2000 and 2003
Dafabet Masters 2017
Venue: Alexandra Palace, London Dates: 15-22 January
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Wales' Mark Williams says he was "a little bit sick" after losing 6-5 against world champion Mark Selby in the first round of the Masters.

Williams got a kick on a blue in the deciding frame when he was on a break of 20 and in a promising position.

"I probably would have made at least 40 or 50 in that frame if it hadn't been for that kick on the blue," he said.

"I was a little bit sick to go out like that. But what can you do? It's just one of those things."

Williams - twice a Masters champion in 1998 and 2003 - levelled the match at 4-4 after coming back from 3-1 down at the interval.

Selby had made the highest break of the tournament, 139, and a break of 109 to take a two-frame lead into the interval but the world number 15 won three of the next four frames.

After going 5-4 down, the Welshman forced a decider with breaks of 53 and 58 in frame 10 before his misfortune in the decider.

Selby, the world number one who is aiming for his fourth Masters title, wrapped up victory with a break of 89 and Williams was full of praise for his opponent.

"He's a class act on the table and off the table. You can't have a better player to represent our sport than him - he played fantastically," Williams told BBC Wales Sport.

Despite defeat, the 41-year-old was pleased to have competed in the Masters, which is restricted to the top 16 players in the world rankings.

"It's nice getting here - it's only the best players in the world," Williams added.

"I don't know how many more times I'm going to get here but I certainly enjoyed it. Even though I was a bit unlucky towards the end, I still enjoyed it."

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