Peter Wright looking to stumble on winning formula in pursuit of second PDC World Championship title | Darts News

Between his tinkering and experimenting with different sets of darts, Peter Wright is moving through the rounds of the PDC World Championship. With the elimination of Michael van Gerwen, will ‘Snakebite’ be able to capitalize and prevail in the lower half of the board?

Last updated: 30/12/21 7:14


Wright is looking for a second world title

The news of Michael van Gerwen’s retirement after a positive test at Covid-19 reverberated around the PDC World Championship.

Any remaining players on the board would sympathize with the Green Machine, along with Dave Chisnall and Vincent van der Voort.

But the three-time champion’s bad luck presents an opportunity for the others, especially those in the lower half of the scoreboard.

Many predicted a semi-final showdown between Peter Wright and MVG, and now “Snakebite” is the favorite to reach the final on that side of the tournament.

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Alan Soutar versus Callan Rydz
Chris Dobey vs. Luke Humphries
Evening session
James Wade versus Martijn Kleermaker
Gary Anderson vs Rob Cross
Peter Wright versus Ryan Searle

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The 2021 World Matchplay winner was forced to produce his A-game on Tuesday night, as a mid-game darts change saw him recover from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Damon Heta 4-2.

The Scotsman’s final average of 102.15 was all the more impressive considering his disappointing start.

Wright recovered from defeat in the first two sets by winning 4-2 over Damon Heta

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Wright recovered from defeat in the first two sets by winning 4-2 over Damon Heta

Wright recovered from defeat in the first two sets by winning 4-2 over Damon Heta

“I tried a new set of darts. They weren’t quite working, so I went back to others that work,” he summed up after the win.

“I’m not looking for perfection, I just want to keep myself interested.

“I got to number two in the world by changing darts!”

But he says he has to raise his standards if he is to win back the Sid Waddell Trophy.

“You have to play much better than that to win the world championship. But luckily I have a few days off.”

Wright attributed the main reason for his victory to the change of darts

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Wright attributed the main reason for his victory to the change of darts

Wright attributed the main reason for his victory to the change of darts

Next up is a final 16 showdown with Ryan Searle on Thursday night. The pair last met in the final of the Players Championship Finals last month, which went on to a decisive stage. Wright passed the race, 11-10. And he expects another tough race.

“I love Ryan. He’s a fantastic player. He’s great at darts. He’s cool and fast, scores a lot of 180s and doesn’t think about anything. He gets up and does the work. I’m looking forward to it,” he stressed.

“I expected Ryan to play better against Danny Noppert, but obviously he didn’t. He gave him too much respect and he almost fell apart there.”

Mardle: Wright can throw any dart!

Wayne Mardle was hugely impressed with Wright’s victory, but puzzled by his tinkering.

“Peter was brilliant from set three. It coincided with the darts [change]. He said “it keeps me interested” which is just weird! But it has been doing it (change darts) since 2014 here. He did it the year he reached the final! ”Mardle explained.

“He’s capable: he can throw anything! But when they don’t come in, at least he admits rather than moving on. That’s what he can do. He’s number two in the world, and there’s a reason for that.

“I don’t understand how Peter Wright’s mind works. I don’t think anyone does!

“You must like your gear. I guess it’s like driving a car you’re bored of. You just want to get rid of it! Looks the same with him with darts.”

“If you’re using an instrument that you don’t get inspired by, it’s like ‘this is boring, this is boring’, maybe it affects how he feels like he wants to play.

“He has such skill. He can get away with it. Going two sets against players like Heta, you will normally end up losing, or close to defeat. He did really well.”

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