Crucible finalist Williams feels 'young again' - Robertson

Practising with teenage snooker star Jackson Page has made World Championship finalist Mark Williams feel "younger again", according to 2010 winner Neil Robertson.

Williams qualified for the Crucible final with a 17-15 victory over Barry Hawkins on Saturday and will face four-time champion John Higgins as he bids for a third world crown.

Should the 43-year-old triumph over the coming days, he will become the oldest winner of the tournament since fellow Welshman Ray Reardon did so at the age of 45 in 1978.

But Robertson says it is Williams' table time with Wales' younger players that is to thank for his renaissance, following a season in which he has won two ranking events - his first since 2011.

The Australian also believes Williams has been spurred on by the evergreen form of Ronnie O'Sullivan and final opponent Higgins, fellow members of snooker's Class of '92. 

"I think Ronnie and John have maybe inspired him to think there's no reason why he can't still be competing for tournaments," Robertson told Omnisport of Williams, who - like O'Sullivan and Higgins - turned professional in 1992.

"I know he's been working on his game really hard and he's been practising with some young players, like Jackson Page and Duane Jones.

"He's been practising with them for four, five or six hours every day, so maybe they've made him feel younger again and more enthused to practise.

"He's a real credit to the game to be able to do what he's doing.

"He's 43 years old now, so it goes to show that age is no limit whatsoever in snooker. As long as your eyes aren't going, or you've got some back or neck problems, then you can play this game as long as you're motivated to practise."

Robertson was knocked out in the first round by Robert Milkins, who was subsequently eliminated by Williams.

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