Snooker: Higgins revels in UK title reward

John Higgins is hoping the "hardest six months of his life" are behind him after winning his third UK Championship title.

Higgins trailed 9-5 to Mark Williams but recovered to win 10-9 in the final in Telford on Sunday night. It was his first major tournament triumph since serving a six-month ban for bringing the game into disrepute after admitting breaching rules around betting.

He said: "It means everything just to be back playing and competing, and now winning the UK Championship means a great deal. It has been the hardest six months I'll probably have to go through in my life but hopefully I've put it behind me now. It is a learning curve and it has made me more determined."