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Williams jeered in Crucible opener
Mark Williams faced the music after his foul-mouthed tirade against the Crucible when he was booed by hundreds of snooker fans before his match against Liu Chuang.
The 37-year-old Welshman appeared chastened by the crowd's reaction as he walked into the arena for his first-round clash at the Betfred.com World Championship.
Williams, world champion in 2000 and 2003, condemned the Sheffield theatre as a "shxt hole" in a Twitter tirade on the eve of the tournament last Friday, for which he is certain to be fined. Williams said he hoped the tournament would move to China.
His comments were described as "absolute lunacy" by World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn, and at least a quarter of the audience announced their disgust when Williams strode out.
Referee Olivier Marteel had to hush the crowd to allow MC Rob Walker to introduce Williams' compatriot Dominic Dale, who was taking on Judd Trump on the other table.
Williams then dropped the opening frame to Liu, before hauling himself level.
The morning crowd were also central to the story of Chinese potter Ding Junhui's defeat at the hands of Ryan Day, another Welshman.
Ding accused fans of disrupting his concentration by calling out at key points, although it appeared the player, who reached last year's semi-finals, only had himself to blame for letting a 9-6 lead slip away to lose 10-9.
Ding said: "It was all rubbish. I don't think I played well. I don't think the table's right. I don't think the fans are right. All rubbish. Rubbish fans.
"I was concentrating on the game and they kept shouting out. How can they do that? People say that Chinese fans are no good. Okay but then I come here and what do they do?"