Jelle Klaasen believes that he will soon be back to his best after a long lean period.

Klaasen tumbled from top 16 contention to 48th in the PDC world rankings – but after a successful UK Open, The Cobra is back in the ascendancy.

Speaking with Phill Barrs in Minehead, the former world champion explained that pinpointing the source of his poor form wasn’t the issue; getting back to his best was.

“I know the reason why – I had surgery, and it takes a while to get the confidence back.

“After a while, you don’t feel the pain any more, but you lose the confidence,” Klaasen explained.

“In darts, that’s the most difficult thing to get back, and I’m happy that it’s slowly getting there.”


Klaasen excelled at the UK Open, reaching his first major quarter-final in four years. The Dutchman posted four wins, including a 10-1 thrashing of Steve West and a last-leg victory against Premier League Darts star Gary Anderson.

“I think, if you compare my game to last year, a lot of games I lost because I was thinking about it too much.

“The last two or three months, I’m feeling confident and I know I can perform under pressure,” said The Cobra.

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Strong performances

Klaasen puts some of his ability to bounce back on keeping trim; something which a number of players, notably UK Open finalist Gerwyn Price, work into their daily schedule.

“I don’t think you have to physically fit, but I think it helps.

“Every 1 per cent that it can make me better, I will take it. And I think being physically fit helps a lot, so for me it’s a big win.

“And if you look at how Devon [Petersen] is playing, you can see it’s helping us,” Klaasen pointed out.

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Author: Ed McCosh