You can watch the 29th edition of World Matchplay over nine days from July 16-24, as the biggest names in sport compete for a record £800,000 in prize money and the coveted Phil Taylor Trophy – live on Sky Sports
Last update: 07/18/22 08:22
Gerwyn Price is yet to win the World Matchplay at Blackpool but the world No. 2 is determined to add the Phil Taylor Trophy to his collection.
The Welshman is now a perennial winner on the PDC circuit with three Darts Grand Slam titles in four years, as well as the World Grand Prix and World Cup in Darts, as he was crowned World Champion for the first time. times in January 2021.
Price averaged a remarkable 117.88 in a dominating win over Martin Schindler, where he notched a 170 finish and didn’t miss a dart in a World Cup of Darts double! The couple reunite in Blackpool on Monday night
‘The Iceman’ reached the quarter-finals at the Winter Gardens in 2015 and 2021, but apparently struggled with the relentless nature of the competition’s leg-by-leg format.
It’s something the Markham pitcher is determined to fix this time around.
“I want to win every major tournament this year,” said Price, who will face Germany’s Martin Schindler on Monday night. “The World Matchplay is probably the second biggest ranking event on the entire calendar, so winning that one would be special.
“I also want to win the Grand Slam again, because people can’t seem to beat me there, but I want to win this title first.
“I look forward [the Matchplay]. I have to play my A-game all the way if I want to win it because everyone is playing well and anyone can beat anyone these days.
“I’m on the training roster, playing well and looking forward to Monday night.”
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James Wade is desperate to mark the 15th anniversary of his World Matchplay title triumph with more seaside glory.
Wade was 24 when he won his first major at the Winter Gardens in 2007, beating Terry Jenkins 12 months after losing to Phil Taylor in the final.
He’s been back in the final four times since, losing three more to Taylor and one to Michael van Gerwen, and it’s an event he ranks as his favorite, with this year’s edition starting on Saturday.
“I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since I won at Blackpool. It’s a long time but it doesn’t look like it,” said Wade, who opens his campaign against Martin Lukeman on Sunday.
“Winning any year would be special but it’s probably the one that gets on my nerves that I haven’t won in a while. I really want to win another World Matchplay.
“I want to win every tournament I play, but this one means a little bit more to me. It’s always meant more to me, I don’t know if it’s because it was the first televised tournament I won. , or I just like the place.
“It’s definitely my favorite venue. The first time I played there in 2006 it was amazing and it was the first big stage where I reached the final.”
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Wade added: “There’s something there and I still can’t put my finger on it, but something is a bit special to me. There are so many different little factors that it could be, or it could be. being the fact that this is my favorite tournament.
“I like it there and that’s why it hurts even more when I don’t play well there because there is everything for me to perform well – but it’s also a joy when I play. good.”
Sunday afternoon’s action includes a clash between 2018 champion Gary Anderson and two-time TV title winner Daryl Gurney, with former World Grand Prix runner-up Dirk van Duijvenbode opening the proceedings against Ryan Searle.
2019 runner-up Michael Smith and this year’s UK Open champion Danny Noppert kick off their campaigns against Andrew Gilding and Brendan Dolan respectively.
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James Wade vs. Martin Lukeman
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Two-time World Matchplay winner Michael van Gerwen and 2013 runner-up Adrian Lewis then locked horns in a blockbuster clash on Sunday night, with Wade also part of the star roster.
Luke Humphries – a four-time European Tour winner in 2022 – will aim to continue his blistering form when he meets former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall, while Sunday night’s action kicks off with Premier League runner-up Joe Cullen closing his horns with the World Cup. winner Damon Heta.
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Price, the 2021 world champion, enters the fray on Monday night as the first round draws to a close, and the Welshman takes on Schindler, who is making his first appearance at Winter Gardens.
Meanwhile, 2019 champion Rob Cross takes on Chris Dobey in Monday’s opener, before seventh seed Jose De Sousa and five-time quarter-finalist Dave Chisnall take on Gabriel Clemens and Kim Huybrechts respectively.
Check out daily darts news at skysports.com/darts, our mobile app and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts. We’re back for World Matchplay at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on Saturday July 16 – live on Sky Sports Action.