Peter Wright says he looks forward to becoming world number one as he strives for World Grand Prix title | Darts News

Peter Wright discusses his confidence in the run-up to the Grand Prix and the battle for the number one place in the world. Watch coverage of the World Grand Prix from October 3-9 live on Sky Sports.

Last updated: 02/10/21 12:00 pm

Can Peter Wright triumph in the World Grand Prix?

Peter Wright is in a confident mood ahead of the World Grand Prix this week.

And why wouldn’t he be? ‘Snakebite’ had a remarkable summer, taking his first World Matchplay title before claiming the World Cup for Scotland alongside John Henderson.

But the 51-year-old isn’t done yet. The world’s number two heads to Leicester’s Morningside Arena to add a Grand Prix title to his illustrious resume.

And as with the tournaments he won earlier this summer, he feels he has what it takes to push himself to the limit.

“It’s the feelings I got for those tournaments. I felt like myself and John had a great chance of winning the World Cup. And the Matchplay, I felt strangely confident in my own ability to beat anyone in the world. I proved that and did it,” he outlined.

“So I’ve been saying for the past few weeks that I’m looking forward to this tournament, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the same thing happens.

“It’s up to them if they want to listen! I just warn them in advance!

“We’ve got the crowd back. Last year I didn’t enjoy it behind closed doors. It’s not an excuse, but it makes you feel great when you play in front of the crowd. It’s great to play for them.”

Wright is in top form

Wright is in top form

The big three

Wright enjoys the three-way race at the top of the PDC Order of Merit as he competes with Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen for the number one spot in the world.

“I’m looking forward to being number one,” Wright smiled.

“To win [the Grand Prix], picking up this tournament will help catch up to Gezzy. And we have a few more to come up with. It is clear that I have to defend the World Cup and I have already said that I will win the World Cup this year. So early next year I should be number one.

“I think Gezzy is playing fantastic darts at the moment. But how long will it last? He has his injury that keeps coming up. I’ve had similar things in my elbow and it’s terrible. You can’t predict when it’s going to come.” .

“He rested for Gibraltar and withdrew from the World Series. And that did the job. He’s done some great averages lately. Obviously he’s beaten Michael again. But Michael isn’t quite on his game It will come back, sure, but it’s not quite the Michael of yesteryear, but it’s coming.

“Of course he can come back. He’s young, wins all those titles and is number one in the world, he has that hunger. Now he’s not just letting me and Gezzy challenge him, you’ve got other players out there. All these other guys who play fantastic darts. Right now it’s just everyone. But for the number one right now, it’s between the three of us.”

John Henderson and Peter Wright claimed the World Cup for Scotland

John Henderson and Peter Wright claimed the World Cup for Scotland

After winning the World Championship and Match Play, the Grand Prix is ​​one of the biggest prizes missing from Wright’s record. He would like to rectify that this week.

“It’s a great tournament. It’s a leveler. It doesn’t matter how good you are. You both have to double that to get out and finish,” he outlined.

“It’s extra pressure for us to play because we have to hit two doubles.

“Keep calm, don’t get annoyed. If you don’t make it with your first three, hope they don’t come off with a 160, or a high score and punish you. It’s a bit of luck you also need for the double start.

“I’ve been on the board a lot, practicing a lot and trying to figure out which set of darts to use. Hopefully I have found the right set. I’m looking forward to it.”

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