Peter Wright's Big Win Ahead of the World Chmpionship

 

Peter Wright’s Big Win Ahead of World Championship

2020 PDC World Darts Champion Peter Wright has further cemented his name as one of the outlasting favourites to take the Sid Waddell trophy home for the 2021/22 event.

Ahead of the 29th instalment of the fabled championship tournament, Wright has been in red hot form and looks set to enjoy a deep run in the championship tree, which may even result in a title.

While Peter Wright was always a favourite amongst the bookies and the passionate darts fanbase, he has since taken his game to another level. He almost seems reminiscent of his historic championship-winning campaign back in 2020.

After finishing as a runner-up at the latest Grand Slam Darts, Wright headed into the recent Players Championship ranked second in the world standings.

The Players Championship saw Wright rekindle his form from the Grand Slam and ultimately win the competition after a thrilling tournament run.

His climactic showdown against his former adversary and three-time world champion Michael Van Gerwen was a nail-biting encounter that saw Wright edge ‘Mighty Mike’ before advancing to the finals to take on Ryan Searle.

Despite a valuable showing from Ryan ‘Heavy Metal’ Searle, Wright edged out the 34-year-old in a tremendous 11-10 victory that saw both names settle their series in a dramatic last leg encounter.

This victory saw Wright walk home with both the Players Championship trophy and a star prize of £100,000, but also with a major boost of confidence and jubilation in form heading into the coveted PDC World Darts Championship later in December.

 

The importance of Wright’s victory at the Players Championship

 

The importance of Wright’s victory at the Players Championship

Claiming that this was a major win for Wright is a massive understatement as it will undoubtedly help boost Wright’s confidence heading into the event and may even have turned a few heads along the way of any fans who may not have sighted ‘Snakebite’ as being an outlasting favourite.

Following on from this monumental win over Searle, Wright has become a greater topic discussed in the latest darts betting odds ahead of the PDC World Championship, with fans heading to online sportsbooks to wager on players such as Wright ahead of the much-anticipated event.

With the tournament now raring to begin, Wright is touted to be at 13/2 odds to claim the Sid Waddell trophy with reigning champion Gerwyn Price at 4/1 and Wright’s long-time adversary Michael Van Gerwen at 9/2, respectively.

Such a victory on a stage like the Players Championship during the build-up to darts’ most eagerly anticipated event is crucial for a competitor of Wright’s calibre and legacy as he looks to become a two-time world champion heading into the new year.

If his performances at the Players Championship are anything to go by, Wright will prove to be a fierce competitor and one that the fans are raring to witness first-hand, both for the theatrical entrances and also for his outstanding displays when stepping up to the board.

 

Peter Wright Vs Ryan Seale - Players Championship Final 2021

 

Wright’s tremendous showdown with Searle

In the Players Championship final, Wright faced off against 15th ranked Ryan Searle, which ultimately proved to be a back-and-forth series with ‘Heavy Metal’, who had previously finished in the Last 16 at the recent instalment of the PDC World Championship.

After both players could not be separated following an extensive 20 legs, Wright and Searle would clash one last time in a final leg to decide who would lay claim to the Players Championship trophy.

Wright got off to a perfect start by hitting an early 180 that sent the crowd into pure ecstasy, with Searle hitting a 140 on his first attempt.

However, after such a bright spark, Wright could only manage a 60 on his next attempt but remained in the lead after Searle also only a 60 score.

In his next attempt, Wright improved to a 100, which Searle also replicated as the game further swayed in Wright’s favour following his initial 180.

Wright hit a 99 on his next throw, which sent him to just 62 points away from taking home the crown, but the celebration was short-lived.

With the game veering away from Searle, ‘Heavy Metal’ shockingly hit a 177 and took his total score down to just 24, with Wright up next at the line.

Anything other than a 62 here could ultimately be the end of Wright’s championship aspirations.

As the crowd cheered on behind a now tense Wright, he hit a ten on his first attempt, then a 20, meaning he had to finish with a double 16 to take home the title.

With his final throw at the board, Wright proved that he certainly has ice within the veins as he latched onto the double 16 to claim an empathic win following on from a phenomenal series over a challenging opposition.

Both Wright and Searle showed their respect on the stage after their excellent series performances, which has firmly left Wright well and truly in the driving seat heading into the World Championship.

Wright will undoubtedly face some stiff competition during the event and is already scheduled to be facing off against the winner of Ryan Meikle and Fabian Schmutzler’s first-round tie, which takes place during the evening session on the 16th of December.

This year’s PDC World Championship is shaping up to be an unmissable event, with Wright making a clear statement that he should remain as one of the perennial favourites heading into the event following on from this monumental win over a very game Ryan Searle.