Simon Whitlock overcame a late fightback from Mensur Suljovic who many people thought would beat the Aussie but he held his nerve to get through to the World Grand Prix final.

‘The Wizard’ a former major champion, has that in his arsenal ahead of a final with Daryl Gurney which shows his renaissance as of late including being seemingly unbeatable on the ProTour at the back end of last year after some torrid form.

He spoke after his win over ‘The Gentle’ and was understandably delighted but also admitted he did lose his way and choked which he will hoping to not have against a ruthless Gurney.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Whitlock. “I feel amazing after that and maybe I was a little bit fortunate but I think the best player won in the end – just!

“When I was 3-1 up I felt in control and all of a sudden I panicked a bit. I still don’t know how I won that.

“I did choke – I lost my way a bit to be fair and somehow when I was a leg down in the final set I found it again. I didn’t give up – Mensur’s so good but I dug deep to win the match and found some good darts in that last set.

“I’ve been working so hard on everything, practising for three hours a day and especially on my doubles and checkouts, and it’s paying off finally.”

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