Chatteris snooker star Joe Perry wins Players Championship - his first major title
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Joe Perry has won his first major ranking title.
The Chatteris cueman fought back from 3-0 down to beat two-time world champion Mark Williams 4-3 in the final of the Players Championship in Bangkok.
The world number 13, who has been a professional for 24 years, also pocketed £100,000.
Williams won the first three frames with top breaks of 64, 57 and 103. But Perry edged the fourth frame and took the next two with runs of 50 and 56.
In the decider, Perry potted a long red and made 54 before missing a red with the rest. Williams had a chance to counter, but could only make seven, and Perry added 24 points to seal the result.
He said: “It has been a lifelong ambition for me, I’ve been playing snooker since I was 12, and all I’ve ever wanted to do is win a major tournament.
“When I lost 10-9 in the final in Wuxi I thought that might have been my chance. So I’m delighted to do it at last.
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“I’ve been really composed all week. I have been very calm at the table, haven’t got nervous and just felt very confident. I never expected anything other than to prepare well and try my best.
“The turning point today was the fourth frame because I didn’t feel comfortable until then. It was a long frame and I managed to pinch it, and that helped me settle down. After that I was able to play my game.
“I’m really good friends with Mark and to play one of my favourite players in the final - and to win - is just the icing on the cake.”