Gerwyn Price celebrates as he seals his Grand Slam of Darts last 16 spot.

Gerwyn Price Says Its Time To Play Like A Grand Slam Champ….After Seeing A Wall Of Them

By Gareth James

Gerwyn Price is ready to play like a champion in his bid for a hat-trick of Grand Slam titles – after being inspired by a wall of them.

The Markham darter reckons the tournament starts now as he faces Nathan Aspinall in his last 16 clash.

But Price needed a dramatic comeback in his final group game with Ryan Joyce on Thursday to seal his spot after surviving a match dart.

And the 35-year-old has revealed he was inspired by seeing his photo as one of five winners on the wall of champions at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena for his 5-4 victory.

“I kept looking over and saw my picture up there, and everybody else who’s won it,” said the world No 3.

“I said ‘I’m not out of this until that last double goes in’ and I stuck in there right until the end.

“Obviously my [picture] was the last one up there and I thought that I want that again. I’ve won it back-to-back and I didn’t want to give it up easily.

“I was under pressure but I never gave up.”

Price reckons the longer game – tonight’s match will be best of 19 legs – will suit him as he looks to emulate Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor by bagging that Grand Slam hat-trick.

Gerwyn Price is aiming to make it a hat-trick of Grand Slam titles.

“Now the tournament starts, in my eyes. You can’t judge on these group games, they’re little sprints.

“The further the legs go, the better I become and the more confident I become. I’ve got Nathan in the next round and it’s going to be a tough game, but I’m confident.

“I’ve got a little bit more in the tank and hopefully I can bring that out over the next couple of rounds.”

Price’s opponent in the quarter-finals if he beats Aspinall will be Dimitri Van den Bergh who ended Jonny Clayton’s hopes with a 10-3 victory.

Clayton had been hoping to join his World Cup winning team-mate in the last eight, but in the quarter-finals but the Belgian proved too strong.

And Van den Bergh reckons he will be a threat to anybody he now has to face.

“I feel like I played a terrific game from the start until after the second break – I kept Jonny under pressure and I was phenomenal in parts.

“I felt that here and there I could be a little more focused, but I’m really happy to be in another quarter-final. I’m on a winning streak and I want to keep this going.

“I’m buzzing. I’m really happy – inside I’m having explosions of happiness. I’m dreaming about winning this and I hope I can make my dreams come true again.”

 

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