Peter Wright clinched his first ever World Series title with an emphatic 11-4 victory over Phil Taylor at last weekend’s German Darts Masters, but he was still full of praise for ‘The Power’, describing him as ‘the best in the world’.
The Scot had lost against Taylor in his two previous World Series Finals, and the 16-time world champion also defeated Snakebite 18-8 to clinch his historic 16th World Matchplay title back in July, but Wright avenged those defeats by averaging 102.25 and converting 58% of his double attempts to triumph in Dusseldorf.
The UK Open champion also created further history in Germany- becoming only the fifth player to have beaten Taylor by a seven-leg margin, joining the illustrious quartet of Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen, Mensur Suljovic and Gary Anderson who have also achieved that feat.
Nevertheless, Wright was still full of praise for the legendary Stoke ace- currently ranked fifth on the PDC Order of Merit. He claimed: “I’ve learned from the defeats in my other finals against Phil and I got lucky today.
“I’ve had the advantage of playing many European Tour events and playing three or four times in a day. I normally find on these events over long days that I get a second wind, and when you’re up on stage and the crowds get behind you it spurs you on and you wake up, and try not to let them down.
The world number three also cited Taylor’s fatigue as the catalyst for his victory, but insisted Taylor’s battling qualities still make him the ‘best in the world’. Wright added: “It’s very hard and Phil’s concentration levels weren’t quite as sharp when he got to the final.
“Phil was tired but he still doesn’t give up or hand it to you on a plate, and that’s why he’s the best in the world. To play him, you’re still in awe of what he’s done and where darts has come to – we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Phil so it’s special.”
However, this isn’t the only time Wright has referred to Taylor as the world’s best. Following his defeat to the 57-year-old in this year’s World Matchplay final, ‘Snakebite’ insisted Taylor would be world number one if he played all tournaments, whilst claiming Michael van Gerwen would be 3rd behind Gary Anderson, and Wright himself fifth.
Taylor admitted that fatigue took its toll in Dusseldorf, but he was very gracious in defeat. The Power admitted: “It’s been a long day for me and it was hard for me. I tried my best but Peter’s finishing was fantastic and he deserved to win. I’m 57 and it’s caught up with me now – I can’t do three games in one day.
“It’s so difficult now, like a footballer trying to compete against a younger person – you want to do it but you can’t. The fans were fantastic all weekend and it was very touching and heart-warming for me. I’ve loved every minute of it,” he added.
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