DARTS: Smith not resting on World Championship place
DENNIS Smith isn’t taking his place at the World Championship for granted despite taking a major step towards Alexandra Palace over the weekend.
The Swindon player picked up £1,250 from the Players Championship weekend in Barnsley which has moved him on to £9,950 in total with only a handful of qualifying events left.
Talk around the PDC circuit has suggested players would need between eight and nine thousand to earn their place, but even though Smith is past that mark he knows he still needs to carry on picking up prize money having missed out on a World Championship place last year by only £100.
“My main goal is to get into the World Championship and also knock on the door for the top 32, and I’m going really well on that,” he said.
“I’m well in the mix but I have to keep on battling right to the end when I can sit back and relax, but I can’t relax just yet.
“Everyone’s talking and people reckon you need £8,000 or maybe £8,500, but you can’t go thinking like that because you sit back and end up getting pipped.
“I know what that’s like because I missed out by £100 last year, so I will fight to the death to make sure I get in and then concentrate on it.
“Anything can happen and anything can change, and there’s still plenty of tournaments to go, but I’m confident.”
The bulk of Smith’s prize money over the weekend came on Sunday when he reached round four, and the 44-year-old was particularly pleased with his victory over top class Belgian Kim Huybrechts.
“Beating Kim was really good but I had built up to it well by playing a lad called Daryl Gurney in my first game, and I did well to beat him because he’s fighting to get into the World Grand Prix,” he said.
“Kim let me off a little early on but it was backwards and forwards all the way through the match and a great match to watch, and I played well.
“It’s a nice way to prepare for the event in Germany next weekend and I go into that with confidence.”
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