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Article: Price Blasts "No Reason" Why he Can't be World Champion

Price Blasts "No Reason" Why he Can't be World Champion

Gerwyn Price blasted there’s “no reason” why he can’t be World Champion after sensationally defending the Grand Slam. The Iceman produced a brilliant final performance to beat Peter Wright 16-6 in Wolverhampton on Sunday night. Price averaged almost 108 in the showpiece having knocked out Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final earlier to pick up the £125,000 cheque and Eric Bristow Trophy. He is now up to World No.3 and said: “I knew in the middle of that game I was playing really well. I was hitting trebles for fun and putting Peter under pressure and he wasn’t playing his best. “I knew I was at the top of my game, I felt comfortable all the way through, I’m chuffed to bits to get this again. It’s nice to hear the crowd cheer this time! “This week the fans have been fantastic, I’m not used to this, the fans have truly got behind me this weekend and they pushed me to win this. “I’ve had a good 18 months, it doesn’t happen all the time but I’m thrilled to win this again. Price took the final by the scruff of the neck with a blistering start, roaring into a 7-3 lead. Wright was soon reeling when the Welshman upped his average to 112 and led 10-5 at the third break. Snakebite’s venom was completed killed off as The Iceman cooly took out double 10 to go within three of a title defence. Then it was soon all over as Price nailed the final double to deliver his second major title and only the fifth player to defend a PDC championship. Price then admitted that he can now use this as a springboard to go on and win the World Championship which starts in a month’s time. He added: “I’ll just be happy to get through the first round. The last couple of years I’ve been bombed out, only once I’ve ever got last 16 so hopefully this year I’m in better form and I can take to the set format. “There's no reason why I can’t go there and win the Worlds as well.” Peter Wright is runner up in the Grand Slam of Darts 2019 Wright admitted he had “no answer” to Gerwyn Price as he suffered more final heartbreak. Snakebite, who beat Glen Durrant in his last four clash, said: “I was just chasing him all the way through. When he missed I was on one hundred and something, if I was lucky. “He played fantastic all the way through it. Obviously beating Michael and the way he played there, I thought he was trying for the record of 114 average. “I had no answer. I switched to these darts and I said to myself ‘I think I can get to the final with them and I got to the final’. Peter has changed to the a less familiar torpedo shaped dart through the Grand Slam of Darts with a custom flight and shaft set-up. Peter said after the final “I’ve only had a week with these new darts so I’ll be back on the practice board again this week and with a bit of tinkering on with this set-up I’m very confident going into the Worlds!” By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia) Photography courtesy of Lawrence Lustig

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