Simon Whitlock can't pick winner

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: December 11 2012, 10:48 GMT

Simon Whitlock is going to the PDC World Darts Championship to win but knows just how the tough the battle for the top prize at Ally Pally will be.

Simon Whitlock: 'The aim is to win'
Simon Whitlock: 'The aim is to win'

Whitlock lost in the semi-finals last year to Andy Hamilton and the Australian came even closer to glory in 2010 when Phil Taylor beat him 7-3 in the final.

That run included victories over James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld in epic matches and the competition could be even tougher this time.

The Wizard is feeling good after winning his major PDC title at the European Championship but won't get carried away ahead of his opening match in North London against Japan's Haruki Muramatsu or Dave Harrington of New Zealand.

"I'm very excited and looking forward to this year's World Championship," he told sportinglife.com.

"I've played very well this year and won my first major at the European Masters and then won the Dutch Masters after that so my form is good.

"The aim is to win but I like to play one match at a time and assess from there.

"Everyone's playing well this time of year and it's going to be very tough so I wouldn't be able to pick a winner."

Whitlock does make Taylor, who he lost to in the final of this season's Premier League, the favourite to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy but there are plenty of other big names with a shot at the biggest prize in darts.

"Phil Taylor is the one to watch for so many reasons as he's the best player ever to walk the planet," he added.

"Michael van Gerwen is absolutely brilliant at the moment and also Raymond van Barneveld is playing well again.

"You can't discount Adrian Lewis as he's the current world champion and Gary Anderson should be watched as well.

"There are so many good players but they are the top ones who are going to be the toughest to beat."


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