On Sunday night, Gerwyn Price defeated Gary Anderson 7-3 to become the first Welshman to win the PDC World Championship. After holding his nerve in a thrilling contest at Alexandra Palace against two-time champion Anderson, the 35-year-old will also become the new world number one.
In the best-of-13 final, Price raced to a 5-1 lead and, despite faltering with the championship in sight, Anderson struggled to capitalize. THE WORLD CHAMPION… As he lifts the Sid Waddell trophy aloft to become the 2020/21 William Hill World Darts Champion, here’s the moment Gerwyn Price makes his dream come true! Pic.twitter.com/sqC0W7t6Uj- PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) January 3, 2021 “It will take me a few days to realize it,” Price told Sky Sports. “It’s going to take me a few days to realize it.” I’m on cloud nine. I can’t even talk. To me, that means everything. “I’m on cloud nine. I can’t even speak. This means everything to me. ” But I missed several chances and I said, “Give me another chance, please,” and I had to miss a throw for Gary to give me another chance. “The double five is close to the top of the doubles, but it’s not my favorite.” In my life, I have never faced that kind of strain. GERWYN PRICE IS THE WORLD CHAMPION! By being crowned world number one and world champion, Gerwyn Price fulfills his destiny and hits the pinnacle of world darts. Gerwyn pic.twitter.com/5VXLt6zkIp- PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) January 3, 2021Price, who reached 13 180s compared to Anderson’s 10, appeared to be on his way to his first world championship. Doubles, terrible, bad, but that’s what happens to be beaten when you do that. After overturning a 2-0 deficit, Price took an early lead to take the first set 3-2 after Anderson missed four darts in the third leg to win. Anderson reached a 180 and a 128 finish after losing four straight legs to win the second leg of the second set and take the next three legs to level at 1-1. The World CHAMPION… As he lifts the Sid Waddell trophy aloft to become the 2020/21 William Hill World Darts Champion, here’s the moment Gerwyn Price makes his dream come true! Pic.twitter.com/sqC0W7t6Uj- PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) January 3, 2021 For the next three sets, Price took a 5-1 lead and took the first two legs with a 13th leg in the seventh. After losing six straight legs to move to 5-2 and then 6-3 when Price lost momentum and began to falter, Anderson stopped the rot in the seventh set, but the Scot couldn’t take the lead in the tenth set and let a 2-0 lead slip until Price finally landed a match dart at the twelfth attempt.