Michael Smith says ‘this is my chance’ to realise World Championship dream after stunning win over Gerwyn Price | Darts News

Michael Smith reacts to his stunning quarter-final win over Gerwyn Price, while arranging a PDC World Championship semi-final showdown with James Wade: “I’m one more step away from making another final and living my dream and this that’s all I’m thinking about it now. This is my chance. ”

Last updated: 02/01/22 9:16

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Smith was ecstatic after passing Price in a deciding set

Smith was ecstatic after overtaking Price in a deciding set

Michael Smith is in the world of dreams right now.

“The Bully Boy” knocked out reigning champion and seed Gerwyn Price in a stunning 5-4 win on Saturday night, in which he averaged 101.94, his run to the cash was 51.2 % and threw 16 180!

“It’s up there as one of the best wins of my career,” he said Sky Sports after the victory. “I thought I had played really well and then I wasn’t doing much on his sets.

“That 126 [finish] – when I hit him to go 2-0 I started shaking like crazy. I was trying to compose myself, but luckily I finally got there.

“I kept telling myself to go for that D12 – look what you’ve been working on for the last 12 months, focus and flow and luckily it went well.”

Smith's pressing 126 out-shot in the final set proved decisive

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Smith’s pressing 126 out-shot in the final set proved decisive

Smith’s pressing 126 out-shot in the final set proved decisive

And he was thrilled to put aside his recent fights against Iceman to move on to the semifinal.

“I made it through a ten-game losing streak against Gez! [Price] Gez started the first set playing very well, then I felt I was in control, I kept giving him legs and not scoring, “he noted.

“The 180s and 140s were flying and I just knew that by getting into that last set, if I could produce it, I would be fine then.”

The opportunity now knocks for the ninth seed, which has never picked up a major PDC title.

“I’m in the semifinals. I’m one step away from making another final and living my dream and that’s all I’m thinking about now,” he said.

“This is my chance. I know I have to play one game at a time, but I know in the back of my mind, you can’t erase it.”

Sunday night he will face James Wade, for the right to play Peter Wright or Gary Anderson in Monday’s decisive game.

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The Welshman did his part, even making it to nine darts. But if anything, that streak of perfection seemed to spur Smith on.

“I wanted him to hit him because I thought it might mess his mind, because once you hit a nine it’s hard to follow,” Smith said. “I’m just happy.”

Price hits the third nine-darter of the 2022 PDC World Championship

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Price hits the third nine-darter of the 2022 PDC World Championship

Price hits the third nine-darter of the 2022 PDC World Championship

And there was further controversy when Price paused the match to demand that a jammer in the crowd be removed from the venue.

“Someone in the back kept yelling my name and it was knocking me out too. Because he was getting closer to a tighter game, Gezzy started giving it to him more and more,” Smith noted.

“Gezzy has proven now for the past three or four years: this is what he loves. He loves being the villain of pantomime, and he gave it to me tonight. I got away with it.”

Watch the PDC World Championship semi-finals live on Sky Sports Darts from 7:30 pm on Sunday.

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