Wales’ Gerwyn Price reportedly overcame a relapse of his elbow injury as he fought back from 2-0 down to beat Stephen Bunting to reach the final of the World Grand Prix, where he will take on countryman Jonny Clayton (Price 8/13, Clayton 5/4 – Match Betting).
Clayton maintained his recent solid form as he reached his second major ranking final after a 4-1 win over Danny Noppert.
The Ferret averaged 95 as he blitzed his way into Saturday’s final, with Noppert unable to stop his opponent from winning the last six legs of the match.
Clayton has already won The Masters and Premier League titles this year, but he will need to be at his best to overcome Price.
The duo teamed up to win a first-ever World Cup for Wales in November 2020, and they have since won the World Championship, the Masters, the Premier League, the World Series of Darts Finals, two European Tour titles and five Pro Tour titles.
Price (10/3 to win the match, hit most 180s and highest checkout – price boost) fought back from 2-0 down to book his place in Saturday’s showpiece as he extended his winning run at the World Grand Prix to nine games.
The defending champion acknowledges that Clayton is going to be his biggest test yet, but he is ready for a blockbuster battle in Leicester.
He told reporters: “I struggled early on two sets; I was absolutely rubbish. I couldn’t hit anything; I couldn’t get off; it was the worst game ever. But I dug deep, got it back to 2-2 and thought I’m back in with a chance here, and the third set, the last leg decider was the pinnacle of the game. Whoever won that leg, I think, went on and won the match.
“If he’s (Clayton) playing as well as he has all tournament, then I’m gonna have to really up my game and be on top of my game. It’s gonna be a tough one, but if I’m gonna lose, I couldn’t lose to a better player.”