Gerwyn Price in uber-confident mood at Grand Slam of Darts: 'I am going to win'

Gerwyn Price has guaranteed that he will win the Grand Slam of Darts for a third time this year, reminding the world that he has never lost a match in the event at the Wolverhampton venue.

The Iceman has picked up the Grand Slam trophy twice before, in 2018 and ’19, while Jose de Sousa won the tournament last year when it moved to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The event is back in Wolverhampton this year and the world number one is certain he will get the title back in his hands.

Price kicked off his campaign with a narrow 5-4 win over Nathan Rafferty on Saturday afternoon, and despite not hitting top form, was incredibly confident after getting the win on the board.

‘It was difficult up there today but I’ve never lost in this venue,’ Price told Sky Sports.

‘I’ve never lost in this venue. I’m here to win, and I am going to win.

‘I’m scoring better than ever, backstage I’m hitting scores for fun, but it’s a bit different when you’re on the stage, especially with the crowd sometimes.

‘But when my arm’s in, nobody will beat me.’

He may have never lost at the Aldersley Leisure Village, but the Wolverhampton crowd were not entirely supportive of the former champ, getting on his back as so many audiences do.

‘It’s difficult at times, especially when you want to hit a double to win a match it’s added pressure, especially when he was so close behind me,’ he said.

‘I got over the winning line, that’s all that matters.’

Another of the tournament favourites, Jonny Clayton, got off to a winning start in the group stage on Saturday, beating Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 5-3, while in-form Rob Cross hammered Boris Krcmar 5-0.

However, there were upsets as Jim Williams edged out James Wade 5-4 and Bradley Brooks downed Mervyn King 5-1.

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