Williams rubbishes retirement talk

Former World Snooker champion Mark Williams discusses retirement, Twitter and the forthcoming Welsh Open with Sport Wales' Lisa Rogers.

Neil Robertson, Shaun Murphy and Steve Davis are among the star names to come through the qualifying rounds of the Welsh Open, which starts on Monday at the Newport Centre.

A new structure for the world ranking event means that only the top four seeds - Ding Junhui, Mark Selby, Judd Trump and John Higgins - plus the top four Welsh players - Williams, Matthew Stevens, Ryan Day and Dominic Dale - were guaranteed a place at the venue.

All other players had to go through the qualifiers in Sheffield, which finished on Saturday night.

Former World and Masters champion Robertson had a tough match against up-and-coming Welsh player Duane Jones, coming from 2-1 down to win 4-3. The Australian will now face Ian Burns in Newport.

Murphy scored a 4-2 win over Thepchiaya Un-Nooh to set up a match with India's Pankaj Advani, while snooker legend Davis beat Kurt Maflin 4-2 to earn a meeting with world number one Selby on Monday afternoon.

Welsh amateur Gareth Allen will enjoy a dream debut at a ranking event venue on Monday at 13:30 GMT against four-time World champion Higgins. The 24-year-old from Ewloe in Flintshire beat Rory McLeod 4-2.

Neath's Daniel Wells edged out former world number three James Wattana 4-3 and will now face a Welsh derby against Dale.

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