Wright Just "Two Steps Away" From Grand Prix Glory
Pumped-up Peter Wright admitted he’s just “two steps away” from Unibet World Grand Prix glory after booking his place in the semis.
The World No2 held his nerve from a fierce James Wilson fightback to win 3-2 in last night’s quarter-final in Dublin.
Snakebite roared into a 2-0 lead only for Wilson to level it up before snatching victory in the final set to line-up a last four clash with Mensur Suljovic.
Wright said: “I felt like I was in control and then it just disappeared. Then James played like he can and then I was in trouble.
“I gave him a cuddle at the end because he’s a gentleman and a sport.
“I’m just two steps away now from the final, not one step beyond.I’ve got to play better than that obviously.
“But now it’s Mensur Suljovic next. The last few times I’ve played him on telly I’ve been rubbish. Hopefully it will give me an edge playing double starts.”
Wright also admitted that his form has been like a rollercoaster in 2018 but is determined to upset the Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson show.
He added: “My consistency this year has been up and down, terrible. What I’m trying to do is make the dart go straight in the board.
“If it’s going sideways it drives me mad. Phil Taylor’s darts went in all over the place but he’d hits trebles. I can’t handle the dart doing that, I like it going nice through the air.
“Phil was the last of the great dart players. He was ultra consistent, when he walked in the room everyone knew he’s practiced out of his head to try and win it.
“I don’t mean the other guys are not great, of course they are. But what he’s done all throughout the three decades, all the best came up to him and he bashed them all.
“I’m starting to respect Michael van Gerwen for what he’s done in the game and Gary Anderson because he’s playing proper darts. They are a class above everyone else.
“But the commentators don’t need to put everyone else down, we are trying, we practice just as hard. Why put us down and say it’s only going to be their tournament? It’s not right is it?
“People like watching their games because they are so fast. If you get a slow player up there, people get bored.
“I’ll probably get stick for this, but if it was just Gary and Michael for weeks and weeks and months and months, people would start turning over.
“I could be in the final against one of them. But there’s one or two players in the way before then. Of I don’t concentrate I could be out of the tournament.”
By Phil Lanning (@lannomedia)