Gerwyn Price on Fallon Sherrock, Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright and the fans ahead of the World Darts Championship


Gerwyn Price shares her thoughts on Fallon Sherrock, her main rivals for World Championship glory, returning Ally Pally fans and more in our exclusive interview ahead of Darts’ biggest showpiece.

Gerwyn Price: “Fallon Sherrock must reach the world final to earn a place in the Premier League.”

Price said: “Anyone can see that she’s a fantastic player, but I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think she had that level of play in her over that distance, so fair play.

“Having Peter run so close, beat Mensur again and knock down Dekker’s Mike 5-0 proves she has the game. It’s just if she can do it week after week against all those great Pro Tour players if she wins. his menu – and then regularly on stage.

“She has no scars at the moment and just plays freely. She definitely has the game and if she wins her place on the Tour I’m sure she will do very well. I hope she does. will get her Tour Card and I hope she plays with us week after week because she has the game. “

But when it comes to next year’s Premier League, if it were up to Price, he would have set him an ambitious goal of ‘winning it’.

The Iceman said: “She has yet to win it and to do that she would definitely have to reach the world final or even win it, in my opinion. But that’s not for me to decide, I’m sure the PDC know exactly what they’re doing and if it’s included, they’ll have done it for the right reasons. “

The draw for the World Championship, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, came just hours after this interview and if the glass ceiling breaker is to reach the final, she will have to beat Price in the third round.

The 27-year-old took it this far when making history for Ally Pally against Ted Evetts and Suljovic two years ago before the loss to Chris Dobey, but if she managed to take it further this year, the prize in the money earned would be enough to enter the top 64 of the Order of Merit and thus earn him a Tour Card without having to go through a qualifying school.

Now that would be one way of playing Price week after week.

Auction prices to break your own ceiling

Price heads to Ally Pally as a 10/3 favorite to defend their title ahead of main rivals Michael van Gerwen (4/1), Peter Wright (13/2) and Jonny Clayton (7/1).

This ‘big four’ has strayed from the hunting pack in the eyes of bookmakers – who rate fifth seed Dimitri Van den Bergh at 18/1 – and there won’t be too many experts or fans predicting a foreigner to. lift the Sid Waddell Trophy on January 3rd.

However, if the Iceman could raise the market price, he would make Clayton the second favorite, Wright third and MVG fourth.

While Grand Slam King Price has won five tournaments this year, his compatriot Welsh has won four televised titles from his total of six, including the Premier League, the World Grand Prix, the Masters and the World Series in a career launch. 2021.

Peter Wright added the most recent Player’s Championship Final title to his number seven as he rebounded to the type of standard that helped clinch his first world crown in matchplay in July.

As for van Gerwen, this is the first calendar year since 2011 that he has failed to win a major tournament despite averaging higher than anyone else in all competitions. He won the televised Nordic Darts Masters against Sherrock and a floor title in early November, but he’s not performing his best when it really matters.

Price said: “He doesn’t play badly but he doesn’t get the results he maybe sometimes deserves. In the past he had been through some of those close games but it just isn’t happening for him. recently.

“He won the Nordic Darts Masters and a Pro Tour event, but none of the big ranking events. I would say me and Jonny are very close at the top, with Peter a little behind us despite winning the Players Championship Finals and Michael in fourth.

Price is fully aware that this is far from a four-horse race considering the depth of talent and the potential for victory compared to the days when Phil Taylor and an early van Gerwen sucked in so many majors, but The Welshman believes he and Clayton have a better standard cap they can achieve in the coming seasons compared to the rest of the star quartet.

He said: “The standard of the game as a whole is ridiculous and you can pick at least eight other players who could seriously challenge the headlines. In the past Michael and Phil Taylor were so dominant but I can’t see that genre of something to happen again in the very near future.

“I hope I can find another level because I don’t think I’m near the finished article, so maybe in a few years I can be more dominant.

“Michael and Peter may have reached their peaks and there are only two paths for them now – stay the same or let it go. But as far as Jonny and I go, we have a lot more in the tank.”

Crowds back

Price relishes the return of the crowds after winning the world title without the boos of pantomime at an empty Alexandra Palace in January.

He said: “I’ve won a lot of major tournaments and stage events with crowds there – and nine times out of 10 they’re on my back – so it’s not like they’re stopping me. to win. I prefer the fans there and I think I play better with them there.

“I was sad that I didn’t win it in front of the fans last year, so I hope I can back it up with the crowd this time around and there’s no reason I can’t.

“Even if they’re on my back, I’ll play well, but I just hope they let me continue my game so I can play even better.

“I get thousands of positive messages on social media and I know there are a lot of supporters in the crowd who outdo those who are against me. I appreciate each and every one of them.

“But for all those in your favor, it only takes one or two against you that stick to your head and the boos come out.”

The 36-year-old Markham player could so easily have been delayed by booing in tense deciding sets in three of his early-round matches last year against Jamie Lewis, Brendan Dolan and Daryl Gurney, but he survived those fears before leaving. to find his A-game towards the final stages of the tournament.

Price has consistently demonstrated this ability to peak at the end of business of big events and he said: “Sometimes you have to play against a better player to get you going. If I play against someone in the early rounds who’s pulling full blast, I’m sure I’ll find that extra gear, but for me the more someone plays against me the worse I play, especially in the early laps when everyone’s a little more tense.

“As the tournament progresses and you play against better players in better shape, I can find that extra 10%.

“You need those close games to kick yourself in the back, but if I play well I hope I don’t find myself in these situations again. I am more than ready to fight if these situations arise. present. “

Price feeling good

Despite being a favorite for fame, Price admits he would have expected to win more this season, but he’s happy with his recent form.

He said: “I expected to play in more events and must have missed a lot at the start including the Premier League (because of Covid) and some Pro Tours which meant I didn’t was not as sharp as I should have been.

“I’ve won both European Tour events this season and I’m obviously proud of how I won the Darts Grand Slam again and played so well towards the end.

“The event that frustrated me the most was the World Series of Darts Final when Jonny Clayton came back to beat me 10-9 in the quarterfinals and also lost to Brendan Dolan in the Players Championship Final. should have won.

“Overall the end of the year has been better than the start so I’m looking forward to the world championships now. “

  • The 2021/22 William Hill World Darts Championship will air on Sky Sports from December 15 to January 3.

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