King v Painter: King to claim his throne
Regardless of Phil Taylor’s issues with members of the crowd on Saturday evening, Mervyn King was the better player on the night and deserved the win. It just would have been nice for The Power to acknowledge that in a post-match interview.
King’s reward is a quarter-final match-up against Kevin Painter who beat a below-par Gary Anderson to book his place in the last eight. The Artist played well but admitted that his opponent was far from his best.
“I was waiting for Gary to kick in,” said Painter. “He's a class act and when he brings his A-game then only Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis can live with him, but it didn't happen and I took my chances.”
So, with the two pre-tournament favourites out, the championship has been blown wide open and there will be a new name on the Players Championship Finals trophy come Sunday evening.
That name could be Mervyn King. The 2010 runner-up came into the tournament with a steely determination to win this title, and his understated celebrations in beating Taylor were notable. It was the reaction of a man who knows that it is no good beating The Power if you are to go out in the next round.
Anderson’s elimination means that he may not need to be at the very top of his game this afternoon, but he certainly will later in the day when he could meet James Wade in the semis. It’s a task that King looks well focused on achieving and a first PDC major could be in the offing.
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