Gerwyn Price has ‘one eye on World Championship’ after World Series Finals triumph
Gerwyn Price has revealed that he has ‘one eye on the World Championship’ after his recent World Series of Darts Finals triumph in Salzburg, Austria.
After claiming two Players Championship titles at the PDC Autumn Series, Price produced a series of scintillating showings and extended his winning streak to a staggering 17 matches on the continent.
The Welshman defeated Vincent van der Voort and two major champions in Nathan Aspinall and Peter Wright, before staging a remarkable comeback to overcome Rob Cross in Sunday’s final and secure his third televised crown.
“I’m really happy and a bit relieved,” admitted Price after lifting the trophy. “From 8-4 down I’m proud of myself, to dig deep once again like I have in a few games over the last couple of weeks.
“Early on in the final I thought I was playing brilliant – I should have been at least 4-1 up, but I knew that Rob was going to come out firing and when he banged in that 144, I knew I was in for a tough game.
“In the middle part of the game, I was beating myself up and let Rob get in front, but I stuck in there until the end and got over the winning line.
“I never give up any more and I always believe that as long as there’s one leg to go I can still win, and I stuck in there until the end.”
Price also elaborated on his confidence heading into upcoming tournaments, including December’s World Championship at Alexandra Palace, and believes on form he can become almost unbeatable.
“I’m playing well, practising well and giving 100 percent every single time. Whoever’s going to beat me is going to have to play really well and take their chances because if not then I will.
“I’m looking forward to the European Tour next weekend and the World Grand Prix after that, and obviously I’ve got one eye on the World Championship.
“I wouldn’t say I’m the best player in the world now, but I believe that my A-game is better than anybody else’s. That’s all that matters, I’m confident with my own game.”
Price was forced to battle back from 8-4 behind against former world champion Cross, with the eventual runner-up ‘bitterly disappointed’ despite reaching his tenth televised final.
“It hurts,” said Cross. “I lost to an in-form guy tonight and he’s been playing the darts of his life. Fair play to Gezzy for winning. Maybe with the lead I did have, I just got a little bit complacent.
“I’ve always got the game in the locker. I didn’t feel great when I played James and he never really got going, but it’s a step in the right direction.
“The darts are perfect for me and everything’s perfect, it’s just about Rob believing. I’m bitterly disappointed, but I’ll get back on the practice board, work harder and come back stronger.”
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