Peter Wright has ruled out the challenge of Michael van Gerwen at the PDC World Darts Championship, saying the world number one has ‘no chance’ of dethroning him.
The world champion was in fine form on Tuesday night as he averaged 106.8 in beating Ian White 5-3 at the Grand Slam of Darts, keeping his hopes of qualification for the next stage alive.
Snakebite has added the Masters and the European Championship to his collection wince winning the world title in January and is confident of defending the trophy when the event begins again next month.
The 50-year-old fancies his chances and believes Gerwyn Price is his only realistic competition, dismissing the hopes of three-time world champion and world number one, MVG.
‘I’m not far away being really, really happy,’ Wright told Online Darts of his current form.
‘I think, to be honest, Gezzy [Price] will be the only one to threaten me in the tournament.’
Asked what he thought of Van Gerwen’s hopes, Wright said: ‘Oh yeah, he’s got no chance.’
Van Gerwen has been struggling for form of late but has looked much more like his old self so far at the Grand Slam, thrashing Adam Hunt 5-0 and Gabriel Clemens 5-1, averaging 1-5.8 and 103.6 respectively.
The Dutchman is well aware of Wright’s taunts, and simply tweeted in response: ‘We’ll see.’
Van Gerwen remains the bookies’ favourite to win the World Championship, but there is little to choose between him, Wright and Price, with the odds suggesting it is a three-horse race for the biggest prize in the sport.
The Iceman will be focussed on the Grand Slam rather than Alexandra Palace, though, as he looks to become a three-time champion, which only Van Gerwen and Phil Taylor can boast.
The Welshman has won his first two matches, against Lisa Ashton and Jonny Clayton and can confirm top spot in his group with a win over Ryan Joyce on Thursday.
The Grand Slam comes to a conclusion on 24 November, with the World Championship getting underway on 18 December.
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