Glen Durrant aiming to become darts’ ‘unified world champion’
Glen Durrant has enjoyed a fantasy 11 months since asserting his Lakeside name in succession in January, but he has not completed yet.
Off the rear of semi-final appearances at Grand Slam, Grand Prix and the World Matchplay, Durrant is intending to violate his final-four hoodoo at PDC majors at the biggest among the lot.
Truly, he could be on the point of darting background – become the first player to simultaneously hold BDO World Championship names and the PDC.
“There’s a small voice in the back of my mind of John McDonald shouting,’Along With also the unified champion of the world’,” a grinning Durrant explained.
“But it is a tiny voice.”
Now, it is a fantasy. Six games against the planet’s elite stand between the Sid Waddell trophy, along with December 21, Durrant, that won’t play with his opening game, is currently going into Alexandra Palace as a rookie in the championship.
“I’ve been at Ally Pally,” he added. “I would like to acclimatise. I would like to go and watch a game. I do not know where it is!”
But when the darting cathedral is eventually arrived in by the 49-year-old, his reputation will precede him. His credentials have been underlined by those 3 looks in scholars, dispelling doubts that he wouldn’t be able to mix it.
“Coming over since that three-time [BDO world champion], a great deal of scrutiny has been on me this season,” he explained. “I’ve been very bullish I think. I have done very well. Whatever aims I’ve set, I think I’ve surpassed them.
“People would write for me personally on social networking saying,’you’re nothing more than a pub player. You would not continue with Van Gerwen, Anderson’. To come here and win a few titles, a few semi-finals in the majors, then to go on and win the biggest prize of them all, I’d be the best player on the planet for a single day only.
“That places [down] a lot of the doubters that had been saying,’he’s merely a bar participant’, since I read every single one of these.”
Having said all that, he understands he could draw his Lakeside encounter.
“Like the old BDO days, I’ll be putting double the practice in than what I’d normally install,” he said. “A couple of sessions in the morning, then a session in the nighttime about the dart board. I must work in my dreams. But I’m super excited.
“One thing about me is I’ll always arrive in shape, emotionally. I’ll be in my best encounter Ally Pally. I’m good at that. And that is what I need to do today.
“I’ll be replicating the majority of that [BDO preparation]. I know the challenge is a great deal bigger. It is huge.”
Regardless of what happens over the coming months, it is going to return as a maiden season for Middlesbrough-born’Duzza’ from the PDC. But he is not resting on his laurels:
“It’s been a marvellous season, but I want that cherry on the cake, and I want to have a really good Ally Pally,” he said.
“Three semi-finals are all fantastic, but I am a winner. I looking at where I could have done [at the defeats].
“I’m prepared for that next step.”
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