Glen Durrant says his PDC World Darts Championship quarter-final defeat to Gerwyn Price is a ‘real kick in the belly’ but is already planning how to improve for his return next season.
Duzza was making his debut at Alexandra Palace and enjoyed a cracking run to the last eight, disposing of Daryl Gurney, Chris Dobey and Damon Heta along the way.
However, he ran into an in-form Iceman in the last eight and was on the wrong end of a heavy 5-1 defeat on Sunday night, struggling to find his best game against the relentless quality of Price.
That brought to an end Durrant’s undefeated run at World Championships which lasted 18 matches and 1,451 days, having won the last three BDO titles.
Not used to defeat on the biggest stage, Duzza was hurting after the loss to the Welshman, but has high praise for Price and hopes to see him go further.
‘He’s a great player, a sensational player. I knew I had to hit him hard early,’ said Durrant.
‘I felt great backstage, as good as I’ve felt all week. I honestly felt I was going to put on a fantastic game.
‘I knew I wanted to get to the quarter-final and everything else was a bonus but it’s killing me now, killing me.
‘The better player won, I’m a big fan of Gezzy and I’m one of them players who’d love to see a Michael van Gerwen vs Gezzy final.’
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It has long been the plan for Durrant to get in better shape for the gruelling nature of the PDC tour and he will focus on that in the New Year ready to kick on in his second year in the PDC.
‘I just need to get a little bit fitter. I suffered with the heat out there more than he did,’ said the 49-year-old.
‘The hotter the better normally, play me in a sauna and I’m happy.
‘But I knew what I was up against, they’re sensational, Gezzy and Michael are different class.
‘But lessons learned. I always say I never lose, I learn lessons, but this one is right in the belly.
‘I know where I need to improve. Work on my balance, get a bit fitter. I’m already looking forward to 8 February in Barnsley [Players Championship 1].
‘I was very aware that was a massive opportunity, 5-1, that’s a real kick in the belly, but the better player won.’
Price now takes on Peter Wright in the first semi-final with Van Gerwen meeting Nathan Aspinall in the second.