Barney considered quitting
Raymond van Barneveld has admitted that he considered quitting darts following his surprise first round exit at the recent PDC World Championships.
The Dutchman lost 3-0 to Pro Tour qualifier James Richardson at Alexandra Palace in December to complete a disappointing season. It was a result that led the five-time world champion to seriously consider his future in darts.
“The last World Championship was really poor, I lost to James Richardson in the first round and that was a poor day in my career,” barney told Sky Sports.
“After that I didn't watch the World Championship for three or four days and seriously I was thinking of quitting.
“But I talked to a few people and I started to believe in myself and from January 2nd I started practising four hours a day and its good in my head now.”
Barney has slipped out of the top four in the world rankings and has therefore required a wildcard entry to both last year’s and this year’s Premier League. After finishing second in the group stages last season he lost 8-6 to eventual winner Gary Anderson in the semis, but hopes to improve on that performance this year.
“Last year I was second but blew it in the semi-finals. This year the target is the semis again and then hopefully make the final,” added the 44-year-old.
Barney begins his Premier League campaign against the in-form Simon Whitlock this Thursday evening. Sportingbet offer odds of 9/4 that he makes a winning start, while it is 16/1 that he goes all the way and wins the tournament and 6/4 that he qualifies for the semis.
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