Gerwyn Price felt like he had "someone else’s arm" after hitting nine-darter

Gerwyn Price felt like he had "someone else’s arm" after hitting nine-darter

July 23, 2022

Gerwyn Price admitted he was conscious of not joining the list of players who have lost big matches after hitting nine-dart legs.

The Iceman achieved darts' holy grail to go 8-5 up as he made a blistering start to his semi-final against Danny Noppert at Blackpool's Winter Gardens. Price went on to win 17-11, but there was a brief wobble from the Welshman, which gave Noppert hope.

"I felt really good for most of the game. After one break I came out and felt like I had someone else's arm. One minute I couldn’t miss and the next I couldn't throw anything," he told Sky Sports after the match.

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"At 10-5 up, I just wanted to keep going. But I felt like I was throwing with my left hand. I think he won three on the bounce, but I got over the line in the end.

"I was brilliant for most of the game, apart from that one little spell. Towards the end, I was getting a bit edgy and just wanted to get over the line. It was a difficult game to win. I just keep letting people off all the time. Maybe it's because I want to entertain the crowd!"

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Price's perfect leg was his fourth nine-darter of the year already, some achievement for a player who has had a difficult 2022 by his lofty standards.

"I think that [the nine-darter] put me under a little bit more pressure," he added. "Because I know people who hit nine-darters often go on and lose games, and that was in the back of my head. Thankfully that didn’t happen and I think I deserved to win. I played really well, apart from that one spell."

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