Gary Anderson: I’ll sleep well tonight as the champion, it’s one to remember

He may have ridden his luck at times this weekend, but there’s no doubt Gary Anderson is a deserving Champions League of Darts champion…


Gary Anderson is the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts winner after an utterly convincing victory over Peter Wright in the final.

Wright produced a stunning performance in the semi-final to beat pre-tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen 11-9, but he just seemed to run out of steam in the final as The Flying Scotsman powered to an 11-4 victory.

Anderson certainly used the benefit of a longer break after winning the first semi-final to his advantage and battered in an awesome 101.47 average to take the Champions League crown for the first time.

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The title is the Scot’s third television major in-a-row, but he’s not getting carried away with himself at the moment.

“I’m absolutely dead on my feet to be honest. I’m looking forward to going to my bed now, but I’ll sleep well tonight as the champion,” said Anderson.

To win any tournament these days is a wee notch on my belt. It wasn’t a bad weekend was it?

“£100,000 richer, that’s alright for an old man.”

Try as he might Peter Wright just couldn’t click his game into gear, but he is pleased to at least got himself into a position to claim a second TV major – even if he was a little fatigued playing Anderson.

“To be honest, I just ran out of gas in the final. I didn’t put Gary under a lot of pressure at all really,” said Snakebite.

“At the first break when we came off together I said to Gary in the back, ‘I can’t wait to just hit a 140 when we go back out’.

I couldn’t even hit two trebles, maybe all the focus and concentration on playing Michael van Gerwen in the semi-final took it out of me.

“However, I’m happy with the way the darts went, it’s been a fantastic tournament and the coverage from Paddy Power and the BBC has been excellent. I can’t wait to come back next year over it.”

The last word has to go to the winner and Anderson was happy to have yet another trophy on this bulging mantelpiece, in what has been a stellar 2018 for the Scot.

“I just play my darts these days. If it’s your day you win, if it’s not you go home,” said the Paddy Power Champions League of darts winner.

It’s another tick in my box to win the Champions League for the first time though. It’s one to remember and think about when I retire.

“However, until I retire it’s onto next week and the World Grand Prix in Dublin now.”

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