Michael Smith capped off a pretty good weekend by winning his first title of the year by defeating Zoran Lerchbacher in a whitewash win. Also en-route he defeated Michael van Gerwen who seemed imperious over the weekend.

He spoke after his victory and admitted he got his own back on the World Number 1 in his 6-1 victory over the World Number One. He also admitted his first title win is a huge sigh of relief as he is not chasing one now.

“My aim this year was to win four titles,” revealed Smith. “Michael stopped me on Friday and that hurt me because I thought I was playing well, but I got my own back on him today.

“I think the closest game was David Pallett. He took me all the way to four-all but then missed a double and let me in to break, and then I checked the 132 out.

“To get my first title in the first weekend, I’ll take that.

“My ranking is based on my floor events, not on TV – but this is my eighth title now and I can concentrate for the rest of the year now. I’m not chasing a win, I’ve got it in the very first weekend.”

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Author: Samuel Gill