Ian White ready for final push ahead of PDC World Darts Championships

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Ian White has called for a strong end to the year ahead of his World Series of Darts Finals debut In Vienna this Friday.

White has struggled for form on the television stage in recent months, but found his feet on the ProTour backstage events. The 48-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent is hoping that this weekend will be the catalyst for a strong end to 2018 ahead of the William Hill World Darts Championship.

He said: “These tournaments towards the back end of the year are definitely a place for me to prove the doubters wrong. I need to get up there and play how I do on the European Tours. I need the 100 odd averages to show everybody that I can do it.

“As I say it’s just having the luck sometimes when you’re playing someone. Another big quarter-final would really help me in terms of ranking money so now Is the perfect time to do it.”

White suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Richard North in last weekend’s European Championships, not finding his scoring game on the Dortmund stage. He had not made it past the last 16 in four previous attempts, but crashed out in round one while his closest rivals had good runs in Germany.

Reflecting on a poor run, ‘The Diamond’ said: “The European Championship has killed me really. Going out first round and everybody around me in the order of merit doing quite well.

“I came off stage and being diabetic my head was banging and my sugar levels had gone. So that affected me, but I’ve just got to put that aside and focus on the upcoming tournaments. The World Series finals are going to be a good practice for me but  hopefully we can do well in that and get far. I’ve got a very tough draw with Kyle Anderson in the first round and then Michael Smith if I make it through.”

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Australian star Anderson could prove to be an early stumbling block for the world number ten, with ‘The Original’ winning a World Series event in Auckland just under a year ago.

With so many lower ranked competitors in the tournament White would have hoped for an easier draw, but says the could produce a stand-out first round tie.

“The draw was very tough for the World Series Finals. We both could have done with an easier draw to get through. Now It will just be a battle to get through, we are both heavy scorer so it should be a good game.”

White eluded to his struggles on the TV stage ahead of the upcoming major events. His successes on the ProTour have outlined a superb 2018, but he has failed to get past a quarter-final on the box.

The Diamond believes that luck is the missing ingredient as he goes In search of a first major crown in Vienna this Friday. “You need to keep your averages up , hit the doubles and the big scores at the right time. I seem to be able to do it on the floor but the amount of people that say to me ‘why aren’t you doing this on the TV stage’.”

I don’t seem to get much luck on the TV stage compared to the floor. I played Mensur (Suljovic) in the Matchplay this year and he hit four ton plus finishes on the bull. Next round he threw ten attempts at bull and never hit one. So for me it’s just getting the luck at the time on the stage. So hopefully it will happen over the next couple of months, but if it doesn’t then I’ll just have to keep producing it on the floor.”

White will face world number 27 Anderson in Vienna’s World series finals this Friday around 8pm. Should he progress, he will then go on to face practice partner and 2018 Premier League runner-up, Michael Smith. You can catch the full tournament on ITV4 from 7pm.

The Diamond believes that luck is the missing ingredient as he goes In search of a first major crown in Vienna this Friday. “You need to keep your averages up , hit the doubles and the big scores at the right time. I seem to be able to do it on the floor but the amount of people that say to me ‘why aren’t you doing this on the TV stage’.”

I don’t seem to get much luck on the TV stage compared to the floor. I played Mensur (Suljovic) in the Matchplay this year and he hit four ton plus finishes on the bull. Next round he threw ten attempts at bull and never hit one. So for me it’s just getting the luck at the time on the stage. So hopefully it will happen over the next couple of months, but if it doesn’t then I’ll just have to keep producing it on the floor.”

White will face world number 27 Anderson in Vienna’s World series finals this Friday around 8pm. Should he progress, he will then go on to face practice partner and 2018 Premier League runner-up, Michael Smith. You can catch the full tournament on ITV4 from 7pm.

 

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