Peter Wright captured his first televised title in over a year by triumphing at the Viaplay Nordic Darts Masters on Saturday night, beating Gerwyn Price 11-5 in the final in Copenhagen.
Wright endured a difficult 2022 after claiming his second World Championship title, but returned to encouraging form to claim a fourth World Series of Darts title.
After Friday’s narrow first round win over Dennis Nilsson at the Forum in Copenhagen, he went all the way to a decisive stretch again in his quarter-final tie with Michael van Gerwen.
Coming off a 10-9 victory in that contest, he beat world champion Michael Smith 11-8 in the semifinals.
Wright took a 4-0 lead before Smith showed his quality to level after ten games, but the Scotsman cleared in the second half of the game to progress to the final.
He also made an outstanding start against Price, finishing 104, 149 and 140 as he took a five leg lead.
Price took two of the next three with legs of 13 and 14 darts to return to 6-2, and after Wright took the next three he fired in boxes of 140 and 156 to cut the gap to 9-5.
A missed target, for a finish of 121, allowed Wright to land tops for a 13-dart as he went one leg away from the title, and another miss by Price, this time on tops, allowed him to post eight doubles and seal the title. .
“It’s lovely when the darts go like that, I felt unbeatable.” Wright admitted. “It doesn’t matter who was in front of me.
“I feel great. The way I felt, nobody was going to touch me in the final, the darts were flowing.”
“Gezzy is a fantastic player, he was in the final in Bahrain last week and he’s beaten me the last four times I’ve played him, so I’ve got one back!
“Beating the best players in the world is brilliant. Being invited to play in the World Series, I’m grateful, and incredible crowds make all the difference.”
“Last year was a bit difficult, so let’s go ahead and start winning! This will give me confidence for the Masters next week.”
Price’s career saw him reach a second straight World Series final, after losing to Smith in the deciding game in Bahrain last weekend.
The Welshman ended Dimitri Van den Bergh’s title defense with a 10-7 clinical victory in the quarter-finals, before coming back from 2-0 6-3 9-7 in the semis to defeat Jonny Clayton 11- 10.
“I was not in the final” said Price. “I won five games, but I probably should have won one, but Peter was playing fantastic and all the credit goes to him. He was great in the final.”
“I was burned out on this one, I just had no fight in me, I turned around and got stung in the belly, and Peter won fair game for him.
“I’ll come in good, I’m playing well and I’m doing well. The fans are fantastic, it’s been great here and in Bahrain.”
Smith’s first loss as World Champion came in the quarter-final against Wright, having proven too strong for Luke Humphries in the quarter-final.
Clayton was the other quarter-final winner on Saturday when he swept Rob Cross in a 10-4 success, only to narrowly miss out to Welsh rival Price for the second successive event.
The star spotlight now shifts to the 2023 Cazoo Masters, which will take place from January 27-29 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
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2023 Viaplay Nordic Darts Masters
Saturday January 21
Gerwyn Price 10-7 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton 10-4 Rob Cross
Michael Smith 10-7 Lucas Humphries
Peter Wright 10-9 Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price 11-10 Jonny Clayton
Peter Wright 11-8 Michael Smith
Peter Wright 11-5 Gerwyn Price