Taylor v King: King to push the Power
There was a collective groan emanating from the players lounge on Friday evening as Terry Jenkins failed to convert his 4-1 advantage against Phil Taylor in the opening round.
Had the Bull been more ruthless in closing out the game then the Players Championship Finals would have been blown wide open. But Taylor did what Taylor does and won five straight legs to book his place in the second round.
Mervyn King also battled back from a three-leg deficit to book his place in the last 16 with a 6-4 victory; dispatching Colin Lloyd with a 170 checkout in the final leg.
Had King and Taylor met in the first round then perhaps we’d be talking about a tournament without The Power right now. The King possesses the ruthless streak that is necessary to beat Taylor, and could have seen him off on Friday night.
Unfortunately, he may not get the same chance in the second round. Taylor, a notorious slow starter in tournaments, simply will not play as poorly as he did against Jenkins.
“At 4-1 I had to take it one leg at a time and when my back was against the wall I relaxed,” said Taylor after his match.
“That game will be good in getting me prepared for the rest of the tournament.”
Taylor should win this and there is no reason to oppose him at the short odds of 1/9. However, the handicap market is giving King a 4.5 leg head start, and over a best-of-15 format he is more than capable of staying in touch with the defending champion.
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