Is this Smith’s time for major glory?

Smith: “Coming into it this year, I want to go one better. It’s about time; it’s been too long now”

Last Updated: 21/07/20 8:36am

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Michael Smith wants major glory, but will it come at the World Matchplay?
Michael Smith wants major glory, but will it come at the World Matchplay?

After Michael Smith thrashed Jonny Clayton to reach the second round of the PDC World Matchplay, ‘Bully Boy’ said it was about time he won a major.

Last year’s runner-up produced an effortless display against Clayton, running out a 10-3 winner at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on Sunday night.

The St Helens star has already reached finals at a number of major events, including the 2018 Premier League, the 2019 World Championship, and The Masters at the start of this year.

Having lost out to Rob Cross at the Winter Gardens last year, Smith is determined to go one better and finally end the hoodoo.

World Matchplay – Tuesday’s matches

(6) Nathan Aspinall v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic
Gary Anderson v James Wade
Michael Van Gerwen v Simon Whitlock
Gabriel Clemens v Krzysztof Ratajski

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Speaking to Sky Sports’ Emma Paton following his opening round victory, he said: “Coming into this I knew my record going into the Matchplay. It’s win one, lose one, win one, lose one, and I managed to get away with it last year and make the final.

“Coming into it this year, I want to go one better. It’s about time; it’s been too long now.”

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Mensur Suljovic was in a buoyant mood after beating Jamie Hughes in sudden death
Mensur Suljovic was in a buoyant mood after beating Jamie Hughes in sudden death

The 29-year-old added the atmosphere felt “weird” without any spectators in attendance, but it was something he will have to get used to for his next match against Mensur Suljovic on Tuesday night.

“I was trying to laugh and joke during every break we had, just trying to pretend somebody was in the crowd,” added Smith.

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Source : Sky Sports