Commentary and Analysis
World No. 1 Price will face defending champion Dimitri Van den Bergh for a spot in the World Matchplay semi-finals on Thursday night; coverage begins live on Sky Sports Arena from 7 p.m.
Last updated: 07/22/21 11:01 AM
Gerwyn Price believes he deserves more respect from the public after being subjected to a hostile reception from the Winter Gardens crowd during his dominant victory over Jonny Clayton at World Matchplay.
Price produced a clinical demonstration to send his World Cup partner – rewinding eight straight innings to clinch a complete 11-3 success and reach the quarter-finals for the first time since his debut in 2015.
It was almost a perfect performance, but after receiving a mixed reception in his debut match against Jermaine Wattimena, the world champion was greeted with a chorus of boos from the 2,000 spectators in attendance at the Empress Ballroom.
Price quickly silenced the crowd with his relentless outburst, but the taunts resurfaced during his post-game interview on stage.
“That’s what turns me on. You can boo me as much as you want, but I’m playing better and better week after week,” Price said. Sky sports.
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“I know sometimes it’s pantomime boos, but still, it makes me play a little better. A little respect every now and then would be nice.
“Jonny is a fantastic player, a great friend. It’s really hard to come here and play against someone like Jonny, knowing how well he has played over the past two months.
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“It’s even harder with the crowd on their backs, but that’s what made me the player I am for the past two years, so I really applaud them,” he added.
Price was imposed with the tag of the pantomime villain of darts following his infamous Grand Slam success against Gary Anderson in 2018, although just before the lockdown, the relationship between ‘The Iceman’ and the fans appeared to be shattering. be thawed.
The Welshman now has six TV titles on his vast resume and while he believes the crowd respects his accomplishments, he admits the constant barrage can take its toll.
“I don’t worry about Peter, I don’t worry about Michael. I worry about myself. Talking is cheap, you just have to do it on the board.”
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“It’s hard enough playing against the best players in the world, but having the crowd on your back is also extra pressure, but I seem to be dealing with it properly,” he told reporters after the match. .
“I think they respect what I did, but it’s a bit more pantomime – they do it for a bit of fun. Sometimes it’s not funny!”
Price will now face defending champion Dimitri Van den Bergh in a last-eight duel on Thursday night, as he tries to reach his first matchplay semi-final in the seventh attempt.
“The Dream Maker” beat Dave Chisnall 11-8 to maintain his title defense, crashing to 14 highs and posting an average of 103.68 – the event’s highest so far.
This year’s centerpiece has been billed as one of the most unpredictable since its inception, but world number 2 Peter Wright has claimed he will complete a brace for the world championship and the world match before the tournament.
Price isn’t deterred by Snakebite’s bullish bragging rights, and he sent a clear message to his title rivals by reaffirming that he has “a lot more in the tank.”
“Peter (Wright) is playing garbage. He’s going to win the Worlds, he’s going to win this. He really didn’t win anything, he won a few Pro Tours,” he continued.
“I don’t worry about Peter, I don’t worry about Michael (van Gerwen). I worry about myself. Talking is cheap, you just have to do it on the board. “
The manner in which Price clinched victory over Premier League champion Clayton impressed three-time world champion John Part – a Winter Gardens runner-up in 2005.
Despite his lack of recent big-stage action, the world number one gave up just seven stages to advance to the quarter-finals, and Part insisted he was the man to beat. .
John Part insisted Gerwyn Price is the man to beat at World Matchplay, after ‘The Iceman’ demolished Jonny Clayton to reach the bottom eight
“I think that just tells us that Gerwyn Price – he’s ready to compete. He’s pushing shots, he was hitting tops really well; he was hitting everything really well,” Part explained.
“It was a tough draw for Price for sure, but something now that serves him well for the future.
“He’s now thinking, ‘Yeah, this tournament is mine,’ on the inside. He won’t say it because he’s got enough trouble here, but he’s thinking about it!
“After this posting, absolutely [he is] the man to beat. He took the highest quality player of 2021 and made him look silly. He closed it completely. “
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