DAMON HETA KO’d three World Champions on the way to his first PDC Players Championship victory and then vowed it’s made him even hungrier.
The Down Under dynamo produced a dazzling display in Niedernhausen, Germany to win the second day of the Autumn Series.
Heta beat Joe Cullen 8-4 in the final having already taken out three World Champs in the shape of Scott Waites, MVG and Stephan Bunting. For good measure, he also removed Matchplay winner Dimitri van den Bergh.
The Aussie was forced to miss the Summer Series due to lockdown travel restrictions from Australia and admits it’s a big relief to get the win.
Heta said: “I didn’t even look at the draw. I just knew that I had Scott Waites first game and this guy beat me at the UK Open so I owe him one!
“I literally concentrated one game at a time. I might not have played some great games in the meantime. All I was focused on was just the win. I don’t care how bad I threw or they threw. It was just if I get a shot at a double you’ve got to hit it.
“The sacrifices that I have made to get here at the moment are massive. I’m really lucky to have my wife with me here.
“The win here today keeps building and proving I deserve to be here.
“It’s made me hungry. When I was in Australia during lockdown I wanted to play so bad. I just wanted to get here. I’m doing it 100 per cent. I’m putting everything into it.
“This five-day tournament in the Summer Series was gut wrenching not to be at it. But I’m real happy today.”
Peter Wright made it 17 wins in succession in the Players Championship following on from his final Summer Series and yesterday’s final victory.
But Simon Whitlock brought that long winning sequence to an end in the last 16 clash and a 6-1 win over Snakebite.
Stephen Bunting had an excellent day on the oche. He kicked off with a 6-1 win over Jeff Smith before delivering a 105 average and 6-3 win over James Wade. He then comfortably saw off Andy Boulton and Whitlock before losing out to eventual winner Heta.
Nathan Aspinall also showed signs of his Premier League form with a run to the semis including high class victories over Ian White and Mike De Decker
Boulton produced two outstanding displays with an average of 105 in a 6-5 win over Ryan Searle having hit a 104 average in the previous round to dump Glen Durrant 6-1.
Picture by Taylor Lanning.