Aussie Simon Whitlock scraped through to the second round of the bwin Grand Slams of Darts.
Whitlock the leading Aussie player in worlds darts, had to fight hard to beat Gerwyn Prine (5-4) to scrap into the second round.
Whitlock showed he never gives up attitude that he is renowned for coming back from 4-1 down to win but had two 170 checkouts on the way, his first one was great the second simple amazing and even impressed the Welshman Price, resulting in a little smile and a fist pump between the two.
His win against Price left him second in Group F which means he now plays Peter Wright in the best of 19 Knock out Round.
In an earlier interview, Whitlock indicated that he didn’t like the round-robin phase of the tournament, but is more suited to the longer more grinding knock out rounds.
Over the past two weeks, Simon has show consistency which led to him being the runner-up to James Wade in the Unibet European Championship
On the other hand, his opponent has been a little shaky with Whitlock beating Wright 10-4 in the European Championship.
Last years tournament runner-up Wright has played well early winning all three matches and has shown better form this week.
I think Simon can win this match based on his ability to dig deep and find the big checkouts when he needs them, he will grind Wright down and win by 2.
Simon Whitlock is renowned for his accuracy and getting the big checkouts if you want to train your eye like his look no further than the Simon Whitlock practice rings from Winmau Darts
The Second round of the bwin Grand Slam of Darts starts Wednesday 14th November at 1900 GMT or 0600 AEDT.
Simon’s match will be the last of the evening, we wish him luck