Gerwyn Price 'saw weaknesses in Peter Wright' in Grand Slam final thrashing
Gerwyn Price hammered Peter Wright 16-8 to win the Grand Slam of Darts on Sunday night and says he saw weaknesses in Snakebite in the final, which he was more than happy to exploit.
Wright turned in brilliant displays in the quarter-final against Fallon Sherrock and semi against Michael Smith to reach the showpiece, but could not muster up his best form on Sunday evening.
In contrast, Price was excellent, finishing with an average of 103.90 after strolling through his semi-final earlier in the day as well, beating James Wade 16-9 and averaging 102.58.
Incredibly, Price has never lost a match at the Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton, winning the Grand Slam all three times it has been held there.
‘Three years here and three times I’ve won, I’m just disappointed we didn’t play here last year,’ said the world number one.
‘I’m thrilled to win this, I’m playing well and world number one!’
Snakebite finished the final with an average of just 91.51 and Price felt the world number two faded away in the same fashion he did when they met in the 2019 Grand Slam final and the Iceman won 16-6.
‘I’ve seen a few weaknesses in Peter today, same as the last time I played him in a final, he looked a bit tired, a bit down and out,’ said Price.
‘I capitalised on that. I think that’s possibly why I won so comfortably today. I think Peter just didn’t have enough energy, I think, at the end.
‘Winning tournaments, winning majors, Peter’s number two, to beat him in the fashion I did in the final, I’m full of confidence right now. That’s the main thing in this game, confidence.
‘Winning this trophy in that manor, I’m flying now and ready for next week [at the Players Championship Finals].’
Wright was disappointed that he didn’t find anything like his best form against Price and agreed with the champion that he did not have the energy when he needed it.
‘I got to the final and played some nice darts on the way through, and I’ve got no excuses, I didn’t push Gezzy,’ said Wright.
‘He’s the number one in the world, the World Champion and he’s hard work to beat here. I didn’t turn up for the final and I’m disappointed.’
He added: ”I was just knackered to be honest, didn’t turn up for the final at all.
‘Maybe tired, dropping the darts below all the time, found it hard work, feel like my throw totally changed, but there you go.’
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